Pool opening is a little bit of history
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.