Carrick-on-Suir’s Sean Kelly Sports Centre is to become a more energy efficient building by Christmas thanks to a E335,000 government grant it has been approved.
The installation of solar panels, a new Combined Heating Power Unit and Air Handling unit are among the energy efficency upgrade works that will be carried out at the Pill Road sports centre between now and mid-December.
The grant is being allocated under the Government Green Swimming Pool initiative and Sean Kelly Sports Centre is one of three Tipperary swimming pools to benefit from the scheme.
Yvonne Power, Lead Duty Manager at Sean Kelly Sports Centre said the grant was great news for the centre and pointed out that some of the infrastructure is badly needed.
“This sports centre is open 16 to 17 years and some of its energy systems are getting old and costing a lot to repair and badly need to be replaced,” she told The Nationalist.
Several local politicians have also welcomed the allocation.
Carrick-on-Suir based Labour Senator Denis Landy said the funding will reduce the sport centre’s carbon footprint, sustain employment of the workforce and create new jobs at the work stage for those who will carry out the project.
“It will also further ensure that the Sean Kelly Sports Centre can look forward to a bright future. The sports centre is a vital piece of local infrastructure and I am delighted to have been able to assist in securing this funding, he concluded.
Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes said large heating bills were the single biggest cost in running a swimming pool. “So by making them more efficient, we are also reducing the burden on taxpayers by cutting back on energy and water requirements.”
Carrick-on-Suir Labour county councillor Bobby Fitzgerald said the funding will not only enhance the professionalism and high standards of the Sean Kelly Centre but will also ensure employment sustainability and the Centre’s long term future.