Over €40,000 has been allocated to a scoping study project in Fingal thanks to funding announced as part of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) this week, writes Rose Barrett.
Fingal County Council will undertake a feasibility study for the development of infrastructure such as showers, changing facilities and ramped access for sea swimming around The Springers Bathing Area in Skerries.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys announced funding of almost €2.3m on Monday last, to support the development of 50 outdoor adventure projects across the country, with €40,500 going to Fingal.
Welcoming the funding announcement, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy said: “Sea swimming in Skerries is not just a cherished local pastime; it’s a powerful rejuvenation tonic for both the body and the mind. This funding will help further the development of what is an invigorating, rewarding and growing outdoor activity in Skerries that can be enjoyed by all.”
John Quinlivan, FCC’s Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development said: “This funding will go some way in helping us explore what can be done to create a safer and more enjoyable environment for the vibrant sea swimming groups in Skerries. “
The location gets its name thanks to a springboard which had been used by locals decades ago. Today, a hearty group of year round swimmers, affectionately known as the Frosties, meet regularly to take a dip in the often chilly waters off the Red Island headland of the picturesque coastal town.
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