Pool open­ing is a lit­tle bit of his­tory

Bray People - - Bray People -

THE CAM­PAIGN made by the peo­ple of Grey­stones for nearly 20 years fi­nally be­came a re­al­ity last Sun­day, as the state-of-theart Swim­ming Pool and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre opened to the pub­lic for the first time.

Hun­dreds of Grey­stones res­i­dents de­scended on the swim­ming pool to wit­ness a lit­tle piece of Grey­stones his­tory as the rib­bon was cut and the pool and gym were opened for busi­ness.

Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Jones Mayor of Grey­stones warmly wel­comed the open­ing of the new Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Swim­ming Pool and paid trib­ute to all groups in­volved in bring­ing the great fa­cil­ity to the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

‘The ad­di­tion of th­ese twin fa­cil­i­ties add to the many other great clubs that are in Grey­stones. To­day is once more a great day for the town,’ he com­mented.

The open­ing cer­e­mony took place to the mu­sic of the Grey­stones Youth Or­ches­tra con­ducted by Artemis Kent.

Guests of the open­ing were treated to a morn­ing of great en­ter­tain­ment with a spec­tacu- lar swim­ming car­ni­val pro­vided by the Blue Dol­phins of Wick­low.

Mem­bers of the Grey­stones Karate Club also show­cased their karate skills in the new sports hall and then the hall was filled with the sound of tra­di­tional Ir­ish Mu­sic as the Ir­ish Dancers of the McDon­ald Academy kicked their heels for a fan­tas­tic show­case.

Min­is­ter Dick Roche of­fi­cially opened the fa­cil­ity by cut­ting the rib­bon and un­veil­ing a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

There were a few short speeches made by Mayor Ge­orge Jones, Coun­cil­lor and Cathaoir­leach for Wick­low County Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Derek Mitchell and County Man­ager Ed­die Sheehy.

Mem­bers of the two groups, The Swim­ming Club and The Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, who raised funds and were an ac­tive part in mak­ing the pool a re­al­ity, were also present for the cut­ting of the rib­bon.

At 3 p.m. the swim­ming pool was of­fi­cially opened for its first swim.

‘There was such a strong com­mu­nity pres­ence on Sun­day and we hope the com­mu­nity spirit that was ev­i­dent at the open­ing will con­tinue with us and we will con­tinue to have the full sup­port of the com­mu­nity,’ said Man­ager of the fa­cil­ity Ea­monn Whe­lan.

The state- of- the- art fa­cil­ity in­cludes three pools, a learner pool, a tod­dlers pool and a 25 me­tre pool. There is a 4,000 square foot fully equipped gym, two stu­dios, meet­ing rooms for lo­cal groups, a sports hall and mu­sic room. An­nual mem­ber­ship per adult at peak times is ¤495 with the same mem­ber­ship for a cou­ple cost­ing ¤880.

Fam­ily mem­ber­ship is priced at ¤995 with an ad­di­tional child at ¤ 95.

Stu­dents over 16 and the over 55’s will be charged ¤395.

A range of pay as you go op­tions are also avail­able with an adult swim at ¤7.20, a child swim at ¤4.00 and full ac­cess to both the pool and gym at ¤ 10.

The club will be open on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tues­days and Thurs­days from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri­days from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and all week­end from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact (01) 287 8184.

Si­mon Har­ris and Michelle St­ed­man hav­ing fun.

At the un­veil­ing of the swim­ming pool plaque were: Cllr Derek Mith­cell (Cathaoir­leach Wick­low County Coun­cil), Mark Mitchell, Min­is­ter Dick Roche, Me­gan Sweeney, Rachel Sweeney, Ally Gal­lagher, Kel­lie Gal­lagher, An­gela Wynne, Cllr Eleanor Roche and Cllr Ge­orge Jones (Mayor of Grey­stones).

Ju­nior mem­bers of Grey­stones Karate Club demon­strate their skills.

Roderic Comyn con­cen­trates on play­ing the tim­pani dur­ing the Youth Or­ches­tra’s per­for­mance.

Rev David Quinn and Archdea­con Edgar Swan.

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