Venue for Ice Dome is best avail­able op­tion

The Argus - - OPINION -

DUN­DALK on Ice opened last week and not for the first time the lo­ca­tion has di­vided opin­ion with some reg­is­ter­ing a protest against the Mar­ket Square venue.

How­ever from en­quiries in re­cent years I know that con­sid­er­able thought and in­ves­ti­ga­tion has gone into the chal­lenge of try­ing to find an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion.

Sev­eral dif­fer­ent venues have been men­tioned as bet­ter al­ter­nate lo­ca­tions and many of these have been se­ri­ously con­sid­ered lo­cally but have been ruled out due to prob­lems with in se­cur­ing agree­ment with var­i­ous prop­erty own­ers, with in­sur­ance or con­cerns about foot­fall at the venue.

Un­for­tu­nately our usu­ally mild, wet cli­mate means that the rink needs a roof to be com­mer­cially vi­able, be­cause vis­i­tor num­bers drop like a stone if the weather is wet.

Like it or not, the cur­rent lo­ca­tion is the best avail­able venue.

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