Memoirs of the Council: a new clubhouse for Raheny Shamrock

In Raheny, a step towards a new clubhouse

Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club are preparing to build a new 6,000 square foot clubhouse, as local councilors last week backed Dublin City Council’s plan to lease a site to the club on which to build the new facility.

The club was founded in 1958 and has Olympians among its 600 members.

At a council meeting of the north-central region of council on Oct. 18, councilors backed an arrangement for council to lease a 0.3 acre site – which is on All Saints Drive behind the community center Cara Hall, near St Anne’s Park – at the club for between € 3,000 and € 5,000 per year.

The estimated market value of the annual rent of this land is 30,000 €, indicates a report to the advisers.

The club will receive a discount as long as the facility is used only for athletic, community and recreational purposes, the report says, and it will be up to the Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club to fund the development of the clubhouse and obtain a building permit.

Fianna Fáil adviser Deirdre Heney said by phone on Tuesday that local councilors unanimously back the plans, which will also need to be approved by the full council.

“The club has been around for a long time,” says Fine Gael advisor Naoise Ó Muirí, “Their current facilities are really poor.”

The advisers have been in contact with the club for years and he approached them with a well-developed plan, says Heney. “I am very supportive of Raheny Shamrocks. They provide incredible convenience for young and old alike in the Raheny area.

Dick Hooper of the Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club presented to councilors last February their proposal to build the clubhouse, including a gym, a gym, separate changing rooms for men and women with showers and toilets, an office, a meeting room, kitchens and storage. facilities.

The pitch is close to where the athletes train in St Anne’s Park and close to the local football club and GAA. “We need a social space as much as we need a facility,” Hooper said in February.

The future of the Coolock pool

Dublin City Council has set aside € 845,000 to renovate its Coolock swimming pool, councilors learned at a recent meeting.

“The good news is that we have secured the funding,” said pool inspector Gerard Carty at a meeting of the council’s north-central region committee on Oct. 18.

As soon as the ongoing renovations to the Sean McDermott Street Pool in downtown North are complete, the Coolock Pool will be next in line, he says.

The Coolock pool is used for children and adults to learn to swim, swim clubs, water polo, synchronized swimming, he said, and “a wide variety and variety of groups are using the pool. pool “.

Several counselors said they are still concerned that the pool is very rarely open for public swimming sessions.

A pool schedule shows that it is used by a variety of groups, but is only open to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Independent advisor John Lyons asked what could be done to ensure the pool is more open to the public. “What steps do we need to take to make this happen? “

A new manager recently joined the team, says Carty. But one problem they have is getting staff, he says. “We’re working on it right now. “

It takes four members of staff to organize a public swim, he says, including someone to take the money, a cleaner and lifeguards.

But rescuers have been rare since Covid-19, explains Carty. The council received far fewer requests for rescue workers last year, in part, he says, because the pandemic unemployment payment made part-time work unattractive.

“We had to fill those hours with clubs for the pool to be used,” says Carty.

Swimming learning groups “dominate the schedule,” said the mayor, Labor Councilor Alison Gilliland.

“So many people have told me that they would like to use the local pool, but there are just no public swimming hours,” she said.

If children are learning to swim, they also need a place to practice these skills, she said.

The learn-to-swim group brings their own instructors, so there isn’t a need for so many pool staff, Carty said.

Fine Gael advisor Terence Flanagan said most of the schools using the pool are not local schools and he would like an effort to be made to get children in the area to swim.

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