Fermoy pool to reopen soon
A municipal swimming pool should reopen to the public earlier than initially envisaged after it emerged a broken air filtration system can be manufactured in Cork, rather than having to be ordered in from Italy.
As other council-run swimming pools in the counstarted to reopen recently, it emerged that the one in Fermoy could not because the system had broken down.
There were fears initially that it would take months to get a replacement because the Italian factory which manufactured the original equipment was in a Covid-19 lockdown area and had to reduce its output due to reduced staff numbers.
However, local municipal district officer Diane Finucane said that when they put out a tender for the supply, installation, and commissioning of the new AHU (Air Handling Unit), they were delighted to find that it could be manufactured in Macroom by Mark Eire BV.
She told councillors it was ordered from that company on July 3 and would take eight to 12 weeks from that date to be up and running.
“We initially thought it had to be manufactured in back we found one manufacturer in Macroom could do it,” she said.
In the meantime, swimming pool staff were sprucing up the building and actty
Ms Finucane said she would provide updates to councillors by email during the summer holidays.
“Hopefully from a public health point of view, the country will be in a better place by then,” Fianna Fáil councillor William O’Leary said.
“This is a good news story. The pool is crucial to the quality of life for a lot of people,” Fine Gael councillor Kay Dawson added.
The swimming pool is located in the town park and Ms Finucane said the council was looking at facilitating yoga classes there.
“I have received a number of requests for use of the town park and other outdoor spaces for fitness or yoga classes. These requests have been facilitated subject to Cork County Council being indemnified on the instructor’s policy and when other terms and conditions are
Kay Dawson: Pool is crucial to quality of life for many people.