• Statement by Shannon Leisure Centre on the re-Location of the Bring Centre to Smithstown.

    Shannon Leisure Centre has a good relationship with Clare County Council working in partnership with The Council to ensure that Indoor and Outdoor Community Facilities are provided and maintained at The Leisure Centre.

    The Centre receives an Annual Grant towards the maintenance and upkeep of existing facilities.

    The Council also provided financial assistance towards the provision of the additional 60 + car parking spaces in the upgraded car park.

    The Leisure Centre manages Tir Na nOg playground and until recently the Bring Centre, on behalf of The Council.

    The Bring Centre at the Leisure Centre (the 2nd busiest in the County) was monitored by CCTV, maintained to a high standard by Leisure Centre Employees, open 7 days a week from 6 am until 10pm as per the agreement with Clare County Council. Bank Holidays were the only occasions that this service was not available. Its central location proved extremely popular with the public, especially, pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately the same safe access, particularly for pedestrian and cyclists is not available on the approach roads to Smithstown Recycling Centre.

    Shannon Leisure Centre endeavoured to accommodate the retention of the Bring Centre at the Leisure Centre.

    Working with The Council it was agreed to relocate the Banks to a purpose built area at the rear of the Swimming Pool building. In accordance with the Councils specifications the contractor proceeded to prepare the designated area.

    There was a requirement to strengthen the turning area in the car park to accommodate HGVs servicing the banks. Unfortunately The Council decided that due to the costs associated with this work they would relocate the Bring Centre away from The Leisure Centre.

    The Councils decision came too late to stop the work on the proposed plinth which was completed and is still available should The Council reconsider its decision to relocate to the Recycling Centre at Smithstown.

    The Chairperson and Members of The Board of The Leisure Centre recognise and appreciate the contribution and support of The Council in all its endeavours and looks forward to continuing to co-operate and work in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of the Community.


    Martina Clancy

    Chairperson, Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre Ltd