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The Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Colm Burke TD, has announced the successful applicants for a €500,000 funding scheme aimed at enhancing outdoor swimming facilities across Ireland.

This initiative, aligned with the Healthy Ireland objective to enable more people to be more active, responds to the growing popularity of outdoor swimming by improving facilities and equipment at designated locations nationwide. Applications were received from Local Sports Partnerships in nearly every county, resulting in awards of up to €30,000 being granted to 51 projects.

Administered by Sport Ireland on behalf of the Department of Health, the funding will be used to improve access, enhance changing facilities, and purchase equipment to assist people with disabilities.

Minister Burke emphasised the benefits of outdoor swimming for physical and mental health, stating:

“The funding will improve access and facilities at swimming spots nationwide, encouraging more people to engage in an activity that promotes improved health and wellbeing.”

He expressed gratitude to outdoor swimming groups, Local Sports Partnerships, and local authorities for their contributions to the initiative and looked forward to the commencement of the projects in the coming weeks.

Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland, highlighted the equitable nature of open water swimming, saying:

“This funding will make outdoor swimming more accessible to more people, enhancing the usability of our many wonderful swimming spots.”

Sarah Keane, CEO of Swim Ireland, praised the initiative, noting the country’s diverse range of swimming locations and the opportunity to grow participation in outdoor swimming.

The disbursement of this funding aligns with the vision of an active Ireland, where everyone can enjoy the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity. Below is a table of the funding recipients and their respective projects.

LocationFunding PurposeAmount
Carlow – Bagenalstown Boat Slip and Barrow PathImproved access handrails and swimming ladders at Bagenalstown Boat Slip€26,000
Cavan – Various lakesidesChanging and showering facilities, accessibility mats, access hand rails, demarcation buoys€30,000
Cork – Garretstown, Garrylucas, InchydoneyImproved pedestrian and disability access to all three swimming sites€15,000
Donegal – Various locationsPrecast swim shelters with changing facilities across all locations€24,000
Dublin City – Dollymount StrandAccess railings, shower facilities, demarcation buoys€13,000
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown – Forty Foot, SandycoveRepairs and upgrades to changing and showering facilities€20,000
Fingal – Balbriggan BeachShelter facilities€25,000
Galway City – Ladies BeachUpgrades to access points to facilitate universal access to swimming area€15,000
Galway County – Various locationsAccess ladders, changing facilities€28,000
Laois – Ballinaskill Outdoor PoolChanging facilities€7,000
Leitrim – Gulladoo Lake, CarrigallenInstallation of storage and changing facilities€28,000
Limerick – Various riverside locationsAccess handrails, portable changing units, access mats, towfloats, amphibious wheelchairs€21,000
Longford – Fitzpatrick’s Shore, Lough GownaChanging facilities, access gantry and pontoon€28,000
Louth – Various beachesAmphibious wheelchairs at each location€10,000
Mayo – Various beachesSwimming shelters at each location€24,000
Meath – Laytown BeachBeach shelters and changing facilities€23,000
Monaghan – Emy LoughChanging facilities€15,000
Offaly – Banagher RiversideRamp and access rails€15,000
Roscommon – Lough Errit WaterwayShelter, demarcation buoys, tow floats, booms€16,500
Sligo – Curry Outdoor PoolAccessible shower, toilet, improved pool access, handrails€25,000
Tipperary – Dromineer BayRescue and emergency equipment, demarcation buoys, safety information€5,500
Waterford – Clonea Beach, DungarvanChanging shelters, showers, access handrails€26,000
Westmeath – Lough OwelChanging shelters and facilities€20,000
Wexford – Various beachesChanging shelters€25,000
Wicklow – Wicklow Harbour, Greystones South BeachAccess ladders, handrails, demarcation buoys, beach access matting€15,000
Total €500,000