Making a splash for Aqua Dome's birthday

Simon Brouder

THIS week marks the 20th birthday of one of Tralee's most popular attractions, The Aqua Dome.

Twenty years ago today (Wednesday) the Aqua Dome opened its doors to an excited public and since then over three million visitors have passed through the doors of the landmark leisure facility.

The Aqua Dome is Kerry's number one fee paying attraction and over the years it has played a major role in putting the town on the map as a family holiday destination.

"We are very proud to reach such a significant milestone in the life of the Aquadome. It has been a vital contributor to the local economy. The vision of the directors has been key to the initial and long-term success of the Aqua Dome, while we wish to express our gratitude to the local and visiting public for their continued support. Our staff, many of whom have worked at the Aqua Dome since day one, have been our greatest asset and we look forward to a joyous staff re-union later this month," said Aqua Dome CEO Kieran Ruttledge.

Among the visitors who have enjoyed the facility were many famous faces including Colin Farrell who filmed scenes for one of his first films 'Drinking Crude' there. Other visitors included actor Colm Meany, then Ireland soccer manager Mick McCarthy and comedian Des Bishop who spent a week at the Aqua Dome working on the minimum wage in 2004 as part of his TV Series 'Des Bishop's Work Experience.'

To mark the Aqua Dome's birthday a special offer family ticket is available from May 14 until the end of the month admitting two adults and three children for €25.