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Pool partnership benefits locals

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 1:00pm
Pool partnership benefits locals

European Swimming Championship bronze medal Winner, Shane Ryan, with locals Lexi Mitchell (10), Jayla King (12) and Summyr Russel (10). PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Pool partnership benefits locals

European Swimming Championship bronze medal Winner, Shane Ryan, with locals Lexi Mitchell (10), Jayla King (12) and Summyr Russel (10). PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

OPENING hours at Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool have been extended thanks to a new partnership between Dublin City Council (DCC), the North East Inner City Initiative (NEIC) and Swim Ireland.

The pool, which was built in the ‘70s and refurbished last year, will now open for seven days a week with public access extended to full days Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The extended opening hours will run for an initial trial period of nine months and there’ll also be exciting new fun family based water activities in the new timetable.

Sean MacDermott Street pool has benefited from significant redevelopment in recent years with over €250,000 spent on upgrading the facility.

To mark the investment, an open day for the community and local businesses took place on Friday August 10.

Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon, Dublin Footballer Michael Darragh Macauley, Glasgow 2018 European Bronze Medallist Shane Ryan and local International Boxer Kellie Harrington all attended.

The event included family friendly activities and an open swim for anyone who wanted to get involved.

Michael Stone, Chairman of the NEIC Programme Implementation Board, said Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool was an important local amenity in the north east inner city.

“This has been acknowledged with the allocation of significant funding under the NEIC Initiative to upgrade it to its current standard,” he added.

“The extended opening hours for public swimming will ensure that locals will have increased opportunities to participate in swimming and other water-based family recreational activities, particularly over the weekend.

“The board will also continue to work with the council and North East Inner City communities to ensure that the new partnership approach will be successful in keeping the local pool as affordable and accessible as possible for all.”

Swim Ireland President Maggie Purcell said the organisation was delighted to be involved in the launch of the new look swimming pool.

“Working in partnership with Dublin City Council and the North East Inner City has been fantastic and we are delighted to be involved in delivering a new service in this community,” she continued.

“We are excited to deliver a range of classes and activities for all ages in the pool and look forward to seeing the locals enjoy all that will be on offer.”

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, said the new partnership between the council and Swim Ireland demonstrated a more strategic approach to the delivery of sport and recreational activity across the city.

“We are committed to strengthening co-operation and learning between key stakeholders to maximise use of the city council’s existing facilities,” he added.

“We look forward to playing our part in delivering on the recently launched National Sports Policy which sets out a clear commitment to a coherent national strategy for swimming.

“Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool has benefited from significant investment in recent years and it has been upgraded to a high standard.

“With the support of the general public I am confident that the partnership with Swim Ireland will bring a new lease of life to this important local facility to ensure that it will become more sustainable long into the future.”


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