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The existing clubhouse.

The existing clubhouse.

Sligo Amateur Rowing Crew slipping at Doorly Park where the current club slips today. L to R: Jim Carroll(Sponsor) , Dave Elliot, Michael Finan, Brian Costello. Larry Gilmore, Lionel Hallowes, Rev Davis (Cox & Coach). Larry is the last surviving member of this group and who’s granddaughter Lauren Dolan now rows with the club in the J14 crew.

Sligo Amateur Rowing Crew slipping at Doorly Park where the current club slips today. L to R: Jim Carroll(Sponsor) , Dave Elliot, Michael Finan, Brian Costello. Larry Gilmore, Lionel Hallowes, Rev Davis (Cox & Coach). Larry is the last surviving member of this group and who’s granddaughter Lauren Dolan now rows with the club in the J14 crew.

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The existing clubhouse.

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Sligo Rowing Club and Sligo Kayak Club are happy to announce that they have recently been successful in acquiring planning permission for the building of a new 2 storey boat house structure. The proposed development intends to replace the existing container structure with a new modern building which is designed to cater for the specific needs of the Rowing and Kayak club and assimilate more naturally with the surrounding landscape where in previous years a building existed with a boat shed nearby.

The proposed boat house sits on the footprint of the existing storage containers with the main access doors facing the car park and slipways. The layout of the building is similar to the existing storage container footprint which is elongated to cater for boats up to 18 metres in length. There is side access on to the existing riverside walkway and along the roadside elevation for smaller boats and kayaks.

The main first floor entrance is located to the side of the building facing the main car park and public roadway.

The design consists of an ‘A’ gable façade to the front elevation catering for a large open plan ground floor and loft style first floor with gymnasium, changing rooms and administration rooms. The first floor balcony has the same orientation as the main boat access doors facing upstream on to the Garavogue river in a South Easterly direction.

The exterior finish of the boat house consists of a natural stone wall cladding extending to a plinth at first floor level with the remainder of the façade finished with a horizontal timber cladding. This finish is similar to other iconic buildings in the area such as the new race course buildings adjacent to the Cleveragh Demesne entrance gates.

Tom Colsh, chairman of Sligo Rowing Club Chairman and Brendan Timon of Sligo Kayak both expressed their delight that planning approval has been secured and look forward to having a new club facility which will be of enormous benefit to current and future members of both clubs in the years to come. Both acknowledged the support of Sligo County Council, Sligo Sports Partnership and other community and national sports groups to date and look forward to future cooperation and engagement to deliver this sporting community facility for generations to come.

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Sligo Rowing Club who are affiliated to the sports national rowing body, Rowing Ireland are located on the banks of the Garavogue River in Doorly Park and have been in existence since 2006.

Since that time they have grown into a strong vibrant club catering for all ages and abilities accommodating both competitive and leisure rowing for ages from junior boys and girls of 12 years of age and upwards up to veteran level for both men and women.

A strong tradition of rowing has always existed in Sligo both in the skiff and slide seat format with the earliest slide seat club rowing on the river in the early 1950s.

At the competitive level the club has enjoyed much success at the various national regattas throughout the country whilst also hosting its own annual Sprint Regatta and Head of the River events with clubs from throughout the country attending the race events in Doorly Park. The club also has rapidly progressed at competitive level on the international circuit resulting in Glenn Patterson winning his seat on the Irish Men’s Lightweight Quad at the Home Internationals which won gold in Strathclyde, Scotland.

Brian Colsh was selected to represent his country in the Junior Coxless Quad at the European Junior Championships which were held in Belgrade, Serbia in September 2019 winning the silver medal and who was later selected as reserve for the U23 Worlds coxed four who raced and won Silver in the Czech Republic.

Whilst the existing facility of trucking containers accommodated the start-up of the club in its infant years the continued existence of the now established club requires a fit for purpose permanent facility with adequate and accessible boat storage area coupled with changing rooms and associated toilet and shower facilities to cater for its existing members and boat fleet including safety launches.

To this end the club together with Sligo Kayak Club who share the site and who have similar requirements submitted for planning permission for a joint fit for purpose facility to accommodate their existing members in a safe environment and in what are basic requirements of any club.

Sligo Kayak Club was established in April 2009 by network of paddlers in the North-West. The club was initially founded in co-operation with Sligo Borough Council and with the help of grant aid from the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership.

The Club is overseen by a democratically elected committee consisting of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer, Training Officer, Equipment Officer and Children’s Officer. Sligo Kayak Club is a non-profit organisation. Committee members work on a completely voluntary basis.

The current Clubhouse facilities consist of two steel containers which we use to store club Kayaks, of various sizes, paddles and general wet gear etc

Similar to the rowing club on the same site ,the facilities no longer meets the basic requirements of an established sports club which is why we were delighted to form a partnership with Sligo Rowing club in seeking planning permission to build a modern fit for purpose facility on the current site. Club membership has gone from strength to strength especially in recent years which is testament to the popularity of this particular water sport and efforts made by the club committees over the years to sustain and grow membership.

Sligo Kayak Club committee on behalf of club members are delighted that the planning approval has finally been secured and look forward to having a new club facility which will be of enormous benefit to current and future members of both clubs in the years ahead.

The club is very appreciative of the support for both Sligo County Council, Sligo Sports Partnership and other community sports groups to-date and look forward to future cooperation and engagement.


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