World class water activities for Curracloe

By Dan Walsh

Upwards of €700,000 is to be invested in water-based activities at the Curracloe Water Sports Activity Centre at Whitegap, near Wexford, with phase one expected to be completed by the summer of 2022.

Public representatives in Wexford Municipal District are welcoming news that is part of an €19million investment announced today (Thursday) by the Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin T.D. The funding will be used to build world-class facility centres at 22 locations across the country where water-based activities are a key visitor attraction.

The significant increase in people enjoying outdoor water-based activities such as kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and open water swimming is expected to continue to grow year on year, and not just during the summer months. This means all-weather changing facilities, secure storage and bathrooms at beaches and inland water spots will be in huge demand.

Colm Neville of the Riverside Park Hotel and Chair of VisitWexford and Chairman of Wexford County Council Cllr Ger Carthy celebrate with ice cream on the beach at Curracloe. (File Pic. July 2020).

Each centre will provide hot showers, changing and toilet facilities, secure storage, induction spaces, equipment washdown and orientation points.

They will be fully wheelchair accessible and built using sustainability best practices such as solar heating panels to meet energy standards.

Minister Martin said; “Ireland is world-class when it comes to providing water-based activities which are enjoyed by local communities and visitors along our stunning coastline, rivers and lakes. We have seen a significant upward trend in people enjoying outdoor water activities over the last year and we know the appeal of the outdoors will continue to grow post-COVID19 so we must ensure the Irish experience meets and exceeds visitor expectations.

Paul Kelly, CEO Fáilte Ireland said; “Our temperate climate can offer year-round quality outdoor experiences. For Ireland to be recognised internationally as a best-in-class activity destination it is critical that we invest in building a sustainable activity infrastructure, compelling visitor experiences and developing the capacity of activity providers.”

Today’s announcement outlines Phase 1 of this scheme, which has an expected completion date of Summer 2022 and we will look at a potential second phase in 2023.”

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