Fer­moy pool to re­open soon

Irish Examiner - - County - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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