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Monday 19 August 2019

Back in the swim

FERRYBANK SWIMMING POOL IS OFFICIALLY OPENED

MARIA PEPPER

THE COUNTRY may not be in the swim but Wexford certainly is after Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin took time out from his Easter weekend break to officially open the town's new swimming pool in Ferrybank last Saturday.

The complex which was re-built at a cost of €5 million has been in operation for the past 10 months and is on target to record about 60,000 visits during its first year.

Designed and supervised by the National Building Agency on behalf of Wexford Borough Council, the project was built by a local company, Mythen Construction of Foulksmills.

It includes a five-lane 25-metre heating swimming pool, a learner pool, sauna, steam room, a changing ' village' and a fully-furnished gym with stunning views over Wexford town and the River Slaney.

To maximise energy efficiency, the pool is heated by a woodchip boiler which also provides heating in other parts of the building.

Minister Howlin described the pool complex as a 'magnificent' leisure facility and congratulated Wexford Borough Council on its completion.

'It will greatly enhance the recreational facilities available to the people of Wexford and surrounding areas and become a major focus for community activity and interaction,' he said.

'Swimming is a sport for all ages and is generally considered to be one of the best forms of physical exercise for developing and maintaining high levels of physical fitness.'

'Such leisure activities enrich the lives of all users, whether they are competitive swimmers such as Wexford's own Grainne Murphy, or purely recreational users,' said the Minister, noting that 14 local schools are already using the facility and availing of swimming lessons.

Wexford Swimming Pool, Wexford Water Safety, Wexford Triathlon and Wexford Sub Aqua Club also avail of the pool.

Deputy Howlin said he was delighted that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport were able to grant aid the project by providing the maximum grant available of €3.8 million under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.

And he revealed that Wexford had received grants totalling €16.5 million from the separate Sports Capital Pro-

gramme between 1998 and 2008, for the draining of pitches, the building of club houses and the erection of flood lights on top of several projects of national and regional importance.

'I am aware that many years of planning and hard work have gone into this project and I want to commend the management and staff of Wexford Borough Council for the vision and determination that culminated in the provision of this state-of-the -art facility.

The pool is now managed by a special-purpose company called Wexford Swimming Pool and Leisure Ltd whose chairman Seamus Dooley, a former County Manager in Wexford joined the Mayor of Wexford Cllr. Joe Ryan in also addressing guests at the official opening. THE COUNTRY may not be in the swim but Wexford certainly is after Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin took time out from his Easter weekend break to officially open the town's new swimming pool in Ferrybank last Saturday.

The complex which was re-built at a cost of €5 million has been in operation for the past 10 months and is on target to record about 60,000 visits during its first year.

Designed and supervised by the National Building Agency on behalf of Wexford Borough Council, the project was built by a local company, Mythen Construction of Foulksmills.

It includes a five-lane 25-metre heating swimming pool, a learner pool, sauna, steam room, a changing ' village' and a fully-furnished gym with stunning views over Wexford town and the River Slaney.

To maximise energy efficiency, the pool is heated by a woodchip boiler which also provides heating in other parts of the building.

Minister Howlin described the pool complex as a 'magnificent' leisure facility and congratulated Wexford Borough Council on its completion.

'It will greatly enhance the recreational facilities available to the people of Wexford and surrounding areas and become a major focus for community activity and interaction,' he said.

'Swimming is a sport for all ages and is generally considered to be one of the best forms of physical exercise for developing and maintaining high levels of physical fitness.'

'Such leisure activities enrich the lives of all users, whether they are competitive swimmers such as Wexford's own Grainne Murphy, or purely recreational users,' said the Minister, noting that 14 local schools are already using the facility and availing of swimming lessons.

Wexford Swimming Pool, Wexford Water Safety, Wexford Triathlon and Wexford Sub Aqua Club also avail of the pool.

Deputy Howlin said he was delighted that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport were able to grant aid the project by providing the maximum grant available of €3.8 million under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.

And he revealed that Wexford had received grants totalling €16.5 million from the separate Sports Capital Pro-

gramme between 1998 and 2008, for the draining of pitches, the building of club houses and the erection of flood lights on top of several projects of national and regional importance.

'I am aware that many years of planning and hard work have gone into this project and I want to commend the management and staff of Wexford Borough Council for the vision and determination that culminated in the provision of this state-of-the -art facility.

The pool is now managed by a special-purpose company called Wexford Swimming Pool and Leisure Ltd whose chairman Seamus Dooley, a former County Manager in Wexford joined the Mayor of Wexford Cllr. Joe Ryan in also addressing guests at the official opening.

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