Lahinch will be home of Ireland’s first solar powered swimming pool with  construction works due to begin at the Seaworld and Leisure Centre later this month.

Lahinch, a destination – a bolt-hole, a getaway and known for its wide variety of amenities, selection of kitsch shops, eateries and pubs as well as a full-facility entertainment centre on the promenade, complete with swimming pool, restaurant and playground. During the summer period, the whole place comes alive with dance and music throughout the town, catering for all ages.

But next Friday, Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre will close in order to facilitate the planned development, one which Chairperson of the Board, Denis Creedon has described as “the difficult side of our project as it will have a negative impact on our staff and our community, however this is an unavoidable negative in the regeneration. In order to facilitate pre construction works, and full project, the board have made the difficult decision to close the centre”.

“We are assisting everyone affected by the closure in every way possible and are determined that on completion everyone will see the benefit and that the short term disruption will have been well worth it,” Chairman of the Board, Creedon told The Clare Echo.

Seven full-time staff and seven part-time workers are employed at the facility with an additional nine to ten employees based there during the busy summer months.

For the last seven decades, the land on which the Seaworld and Leisure Centre is situated has been used for many different functions. In 1996, it was taken over from Lahinch Development to put in place an aquarium and indoor swimming pool.

Features of the regenerated facility will include a new kids pool, new gym and fitness area with second floor bay views, upgraded changing rooms, leisure area, multi-purpose hall, kids play zone and a visitor experience which will tell Lahinch’s story as part of The Wild Atlantic Way.

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(Article source clareecho.ie. Edited by Wasted.ie)