Saturday 17 August 2019

Start of funding drive to raise €1m for a community pool

Myles Buchanan

The fundraising drive for a new community swimming pool for west Wicklow gets under way this weekend as part of plans to raise €1 million.

The west of the county is the only area in Wicklow without a publicly owned pool and this resulted in the establishment of the campaign group Community Swimming Pool for West Wicklow.

A bag pack takes place this Saturday in SuperValu, while a celebration of the year-long campaign takes place in Russborough House in August.

'We are receiving a lot of support and so many people are really getting behind our campaign,' said Deirdre McCormack from the Community Swimming Pool for West Wicklow group.

'We are open to all fundraising ideas and suggestions. Our goal is still to raise €1 million over two years and we are sure that with the help of the people of west Wicklow this can be achieved. West Wicklow needs to do this together.'

The fundraising campaign starts this Saturday in SuperValu, with the main fundraising launch taking in the Hippodrome at Russborough House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 17.

'It is a celebration of the campaign being one year old and a thank you to the west Wicklow community for all their hard work and support,' said Deirdre. 'It will be a free, fun, family event with face painting, balloons, music, dancing from the Ruth Shine School of Dance, games with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership and water safety tips from Water Safety Ireland. We are also working with Andra Coogan Johnston, the community disability representative on Blessington Town Forum, to create a sensory area for any children or adults with sensory issues so that they can enjoy the party without being overwhelmed by the sights or sounds.

'Health Minister Simon Harris has also confirmed that he will be attending. The Hippodrome will be decorated in hand made bunting with or logo, which was coloured in by children from schools throughout west Wicklow before they finished for their summer holidays.'

The campaign group also recently held its AGM, where two new members were added to the fundraising committee. Also in attendance and lending their support were Councillors Gerry O'Neill and Edward Timmins.

Further fundraisers will be announced shortly, including a major event most likely to take place in September. A signed Dublin football jersey will also go up for auction.

At the start of the year Wicklow County Council commissioned a feasibility study for a swimming pool for west Wicklow. It is estimated the project will cost in the region of €10 to €12 million, 75 per cent of which can be allocated through grants.

Wicklow People