The vintage swimming pool at Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co Kildare (top).
The end of a well-attended chapel of the front crawl/back stroke for young and old alike.
I felt I should make you aware of Maynooth University’s decision to close its much loved swimming pool. It’s the second oldest* pool in the country and is used by staff, students and hundreds of local children.
It’s also used by numerous swimming clubs including a special olympics swimming club. It will leave the 20,000+ plus population of maynooth and Kilcock without swimming facilities. Above was the letter sent this week informing people of the closure. But hey it doesn’t make money for the university! The new Starbucks does but not the pool and no room for one in the planned €150 million campus expansion. Perhaps your readers could help in some small way by giving the Facebook page [link below] some support.
Scenes from Sandymount Strand, Sandymount, Dublin today following a temporary swimming prohibition.
“Additionally, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County council has also banned bathing at a further two beaches: at Killiney beach, and White Rock in Dalkey. Killiney beach had its blue flag suspended due to the detection of E.coli and Enterococci in the July 16 tests. Further tests have been taken to determine the levels of contamination and results will be published within 48 hours. It is believed the water had high levels of bacteria which breach the minimum health standards due to adverse weather conditions, faecal matter and overflow from drains…”
From left: Nancy Poulain, Tiffany Jones, and Dawn T Adams at Glendalough, Co Wicklow.
Fancy jumping into a lake?
“This summer up to 1,000 swimmers are expected to take the plunge into Ireland’s lakes as part of the Bewley’s Open Water Swimmer League. The league kicks off on summer solstice, 21st June, with a 750m and 1500m swim at Lough Key. On 19th July, competitors will swim past the Hodson Pillar in Hodson Bay and through the centre of Ireland as they compete in the 750m and 1 mile swim. Finally, the league will conclude on the 6th and 7th September in the spectacular Glendalough National Park where competitors will compete over 750m, 1500m and 3900m swims…”