The Chairperson of the board of management of the Buncrana swimming pool is making a plea to the Inishowen public to do everything they can to help keep the centre afloat.
Buncrana woman, Rosina McLaughlin made the plea after Donegal County Council announced they would secure the full 60,000 euro funding they had promised to the centre.
The sole public swimming pool in Inishowen, Ms McLaughlin (pictured above) believes it would be a tragedy for the area if the centre closed.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Ms McLaughlin said the 60,000 euro they receive from Donegal County Council does not scratch the surface.
“The 60,000 doesn’t even pay our oil bill!! explained Ms McLaughlin.
“Oil costs us about 6000 euro every month because we have to keep the pool at a certain temperature all the time, and with the rising cost of oil it will only get worse.
“As well as that we have to pay 12,000 per year in water rates back to the Council.”
“To lose the centre would be a devastating blow, but we are determined to keep it open. We’re looking for support from the public but I understand this is a very worrying tough time for everyone.”
The Chairperson said they are all going have to club together and brainstorm for ideas to help fundraise for the centre.
“We’re having a meeting on the 25th January in Scoil Mhuire and we’d appreciate any help from the public. We’re also holding a bag pack in Kavangh’s Super Valu on the weekend of 27-28th January from 11am-6pm so we’d appreciate any support from the public there. We also have a draw running in the centre with great prizes. Tickets can be bought at reception.”
The centre, which currently employs four full time staff, one part time office worker and a team of partime workers who cover weekends, is a vital service in the community.
“We’re much more than a recreation centre. We have classes for disabled people, MS groups and all the local schools - they’re all very positive things for the community.
“As well as the staff members we have community employment scheme workers, which we hope can continue because without them we’d be lost.”
The committee of the centre have also requested a meeting with Inishowen three TDs to try and bring the issue to a national level.