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New Castlebar pool to open this week

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STATE OF THE ART The new Lough Lannagh Swimming and Fitness Complex. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Edwin McGreal

The eagerly awaited new Castlebar swimming pool will open for public use this Friday.
The €12 million facility contains a 25 metre, eight lane competitive swimming pool; a toddler learning pool, gym, aerobics studio, steam room, sauna, dressing room facilities and general purpose rooms.
On Friday and Saturday last it was open to members of the public to come and view.
On Friday, Mayo footballer Andy Moran was on site giving tours ahead of Sunday’s league final. His company, The Movement, who already have a gym near MacHale Park, will operate the gym at the facility.
The pool area has an ample sized viewing area while Mayo County Council’s  Mayo.ie logo and branding are very conspicuous throughout.
Upstairs, many of the general purpose rooms have stunning views of Lough Lannagh and Croagh Patrick. There’s also a great view down to the pool from the gym studio and the aerobics studio.
Moran spoke of how the pool and gym has the potential to form part of a sporting hub at Lough Lannagh alongside Castlebar Tennis Club, Castlebar Boxing Club, plans for a Mayo GAA Training Centre nearby and the lake itself.
A spokesperson for Mayo County Council told The Mayo News that the council are planning to make Lough Lannagh an adventure hub for the county with plans for a Castlebar to Westport Greenway running close to the facility.
The council spokesperson said facilities like the pool, tennis club, boxing club and the nearby Lough Lannagh Holiday Village has the potential to attract visiting teams and also boost the suitability of ‘the massive infrastructure that is MacHale Park’ to ‘attract international events’, similar to the recent Rugby World Cup bid.