The Pallaskenry swimming pool, which has been closed since 2009 due to a faulty roof, could be back in operation as early as next year, thanks to a significant grant from West Limerick Resources.
Work on upgrading the pool, which is attached to the Salesian College, has been estimated to cost €250,000 but this week, Environment Minister Phil Hogan has sanctioned a grant of €196, 314 from West Limerick Resources
“This is fantastic news,” school principal Paddy O’Neill said this week. “We have been working on this for the past year and a half.”
The school set up a new, not-for-profit company to spearhead the project, the Copsewood Pool and Sports Company, and its board is made up mainly of past pupils with expertise.
“We must now submit a final round of documentation by the end of July,” Mr O’Neill continued adding that they will be applying to the Salesian order for a loan and/or contribution for the remaining costs. However, all going well, he hopes work will begin in the new year.
“This will be a fantastic facility for the county and the community,” Mr O’Neill said, explaining that, when upgraded, the pool would be available to the wider community as well as to the college’s increased number of students.