CONTINUED community support for the ongoing campaign to keep Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre open to the public was clearly evident in the massive crowd that turned out for a fashion show that was held on Saturday to support the centre.
Up to 200 fashionistas made their way to Ballybunion Golf clubhouse where models showcased the latest styles from boutiques around the region. "It was a great success and we were over the moon with the level of support we received on the night," Health and Leisure Centre manager Pádraig Hanrahan told The Kerryman. "It exceeded all our expectations and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show and I think it showed the level of support the centre enjoys across the community."
The pool was closed for 10 weeks earlier this year when the electricity supply was shut off power over payment complications. Ballybunion rallied behind the centre within days, however, and it reopened with a new plan to install its own power plant, which is expected to dramatically reduce energy costs.
The pool is to close again - but the gym will remain open - for a number of weeks from Saturday, December 8.
"We had flagged this well in advance with our members and it is a planned closure. December is traditionally the quietest time of the year for us and we decided to close until after Christmas to offset energy costs.," said Mr Hanrahan.
"It will also allow us time to prepare the space for the new combined heat and power plant, which we now estimate will be installed sometime by the middle or end of February," Mr Hanrahan explained.
He said the centre also succeeded in attracting new members during a recent drive to increase usage and income at the facility. "We managed to attract roughly our target of new members and we will have a lot of renewed memberships coming on stream in January so all is looking well for the Health and Leisure Centre thankfully," Mr Hanrahan said.