‘A jewel in Sligo’s crown’

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

The Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from the pub­lic when he ar­rived in Strand­hill on Fri­day af­ter­noon last to per­form the sod turn­ing cer­e­mony at the site of the pro­posed new Na­tional Surf Cen­tre.

The Taoiseach was for­mally wel­comed to Strand­hill by Cllr De­clan Bree, the Chair­man of the board of the Strand­hill Mar­itime Cen­tre, who in­tro­duced him to fel­low board mem­bers and in­vited guests.

Among those present at the event were mem­bers of the Oireach­tas and County Coun­cil, mem­bers of the Strand­hill Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, the County Sligo Surf Club, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Failte Ire­land, the Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Sligo Tourist De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

We were very pleased that the Taoiseach took time from his sched­ule to per­form the sod-turn­ing, Cllr Bree told ‘ The Sligo Cham­pion.’

“The an­nounce­ment of grant aid from Failte Ire­land and the Ru­ral Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund will al­low for the project to pro­ceed as planned and will pro­vide for the con­struc­tion of a state of the art new Na­tional Surf Cen­tre here in Strand­hill.”

“The over­whelm­ing sup­port for the project which we re­ceived from all sec­tors of the Strand­hill com­mu­nity was ex­tremely help­ful.”

“I also wish to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment of the mem­bers of the board of the Mar­itime Cen­tre who have on a vol­un­tary ba­sis given of their time and en­ergy to en­sure the suc­cess of this project. I would par­tic­u­larly sin­gle out the Sec­re­tary of the board, Mick McEn­roe, for his ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the Cen­tre.”

Strand­hill is one of the jewel’s in Sligo’s crown and it is now recog­nised as one of the most prom­i­nent surf­ing des­ti­na­tions in Europe. In this con­text the pub­lic in­vest­ment in this project is not only ap­pro­pri­ate but richly de­served.” said Cllr Bree.

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