€24,000 for two outdoor swimming projects in Mayo

FUNDING of €24,000 has been allocated for outdoor swimming facilities in Mayo, Deputy Michael Ring has confirmed.

The funds will be administered by Sport Ireland on behalf of the Department of Health.

The allocation to Mayo is for Ross and Kilcummin beaches at Killala and Eachleaim beach, Belmullet, for the provision of swimming shelters at each location.

This initiative, developed in line with the Healthy Ireland objective of enabling more people to be more active, more often, builds on the recent growth in popularity of outdoor swimming by improving the facilities and equipment at designated swimming locations across the county.

“Outdoor swimming has become hugely popular, particularly at these locations in Mayo. It benefits our physical and mental health and is a growing social event for many people,” said Deputy Ring.

“Mayo has an abundance of scenic and ideal locations for open water swimming and with this funding, it will enable more people to avail of the amenities we have. Hopefully these works will commence as soon as possible so that swimmers will be able to enjoy the benefit of the shelters shortly.”