European Swimming Championship medallist Shane Ryan was showing off his medal at the announcement of a new partnership between Dublin City Council, Swim Ireland and the North East Inner City Initiative.
The remit of the initiative is to make Dublin’s North East Inner City area a safe, attractive and vibrant living and working environment for the community and its families. It was evident in messaging at Croke Park for Dublin’s All Ireland Semi Final win on Saturday and has signed ambassador agreements with Ryan, boxer Kellie Harrington and Footballer Michael Darragh MacAuley.
As part of the initiative the Dublin City Council pool at Sean McDermott Street is to open for longer hours, enhancing the benefit of the €250,000 refurbishment it has undergone over the past 18 months both inside and out.
“This exciting new partnership between Dublin City Council and Swim Ireland demonstrates Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership’s commitment to a more strategic approach to the delivery of sport and recreational activity across the city,” said Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring.
“We are committed to strengthening co-operation and learning between key stakeholders to maximise use of the City Council’s existing facilities.”
“We look forward to playing our part in delivering on the recently launched National Sports Policy which sets out a clear commitment to a coherent national strategy for swimming.”
“Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool has benefited from significant investment in recent years and it has been upgraded to a high standard. With the support of the general public, I am confident that the partnership with Swim Ireland will bring a new lease of life to this important local facility to ensure that it will become more sustainable long into the future. “
The extended opening hours will run for an initial trial period of nine months. This will see the pool operational for seven days a week with public access extended to full days Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The new timetable will also include exciting new fun family based water activities.
“Swim Ireland is delighted to be involved in the launch of a new look Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool,” added Swim Ireland President Maggie Purcell.
“Working in partnership with Dublin City Council and the North East Inner City has been fantastic and we are delighted to be involved in delivering a new service in this community.”
“We are excited to deliver a range of classes and activities for all ages in the pool and look forward to seeing the locals enjoy all that will be on offer.”
“I am delighted to see Sean MacDermott Street Swimming Pool extending its opening hours to seven days a week,” said Kellie Harrington.
“I always found competing in sport and staying active gave me a real purpose in life. I am confident that the extended opening hours in the Sean McDermott Street Swimming pool will have a positive impact on the local community.”
Sport for Business CEO Rob Hartnett is Chair of the Dublin City Council Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.
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