Lough Lannagh

  • A Castlebar Councillor has called for sheltered areas and lighting to be installed around Lough Lannagh.

    Cllr Cyril Burke made the call following a walk in memory of the late Brendan Heneghan, a former town councillor.

    Cllr Burke says there were showers on the day and he took note that there weren’t sheltered spots. He says there is also no lighting from the cemetery right up to Lough Lannagh.

    He says it is important this situation is addressed so that Lough Lannagh can be utilised to its maximum potential.

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    Mayo county council should immediately look at extending out the walk at Lough Lannagh, out past the new GAA football fields development, and out on to the proposed new N5 towards Westport.

    That’s the view of Fine Gael election candidate in Castlebar, Eugene McCormack. The councillor says the local authority needs to act now in preparing an application for funding of the development under the latest call out for projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

    He’s been outlining his proposal to Midwest News.

     

  • The development of a new sports / tourism hub in Castlebar is very exciting, according to the Chairman of Mayo GAA Mike Connolly.

    Yesterday Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA announced they have acquired land at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation.

    The property secured comprises of approximately 27 acres of land adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.

    The land will be developed into two sections, a Mayo GAA Training Centre, which will comprise of 3 pitches to facilitate the training and development of youth teams and the support of the Ladies Football team, as well as providing facilities for high performance teams visiting the Centre and staying in the Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.

  • Mayo County Council has issued a comprehensive price list for use of the new 11 million euro Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar, which is open to the public today.

    The complex comprises an eight-lane competitive swimming pool, toddler learning pool, gym and aerobics studios, steam room, sauna and general purpose rooms.

    The local authority is offering a first month membership for 40 euro, where swimmers can purchase a book of 10 multi-swim and spa use tickets for €70, which works out at €7 per public session.

    Other 'pay as you go options' are: Single (swimming pool, heath spa and gym) €10, Child (under-16, swimming pool use only) €5; Over-55s, jobseekers and students (swimming pool, health spa and gym) €7.50; and Family (2 adults and two children, swimming pool use only for Under-16s and swimming pool, health spa and gym for adults) €20. Toddlers under three are free.

    There is a range of memberships for three months, six months and 12 months.

    A single membership, which includes pool, spa and gym as well as yoga and pilates, is €490 for 12 months.

    The opening hours are 6.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). The telephone number is (094) 9250149. 

  • Mayo County Council is spearheading a new campaign, to encourage dog owners to act responsibly over dog fouling.

    Residents associations, Tidy Towns groups and other community groups have raised concerns across the county about the incidents of dog fouling on footpaths and in other public areas.

    Under this new campaign, all dog owners are being asked to “bag it and bin it”, and signs are being put in place in a number of areas – including Lough Lannagh in Castlebar – to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo Co Co, Councillor Martin McLoughlin, has welcomed the new initiative.

  • Mayo County Council is spearheading a new campaign, to encourage dog owners to act responsibly over dog fouling.

    Residents associations, Tidy Towns groups and other community groups have raised concerns across the county about the incidents of dog fouling on footpaths and in other public areas.

    Under this new campaign, all dog owners are being asked to “bag it and bin it”, and signs are being put in place in a number of areas – including Lough Lannagh in Castlebar – to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo Co Co, Councillor Martin McLoughlin has welcomed the initiative.

  • The new swimming pool and leisure complex at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar was officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring and the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin.

    Over 30 people are now employed at the new leisure complex at Lough Lannagh, following an investment of almost €14 million.

    Minister Michael Ring says Castlebar is one of a number of Mayo towns that benefitted from the Swimming Pool Capital Scheme, which he reopened when he was Minister for Tourism & Sport several years ago.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News he was involved with this project from the start.

     

    The CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes told Midwest News that the development is not only a milestone for Castlebar, but also for the local authority and the county. He says it is the culmination of two decades of planning and preparation.

    He told Midwest News that we are lucky to have such a facility on our doorstep.

  • The ongoing problem of extensive dog fouling around Lough Lannagh in Castlebar was raised again at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District by the Cathaoirleach of the authority, Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The Cathaoirleach says it astounds him that this level of littering can take place and yet there is not a single prosecution or fine on any dog owner for allowing their dog to it.

    He asked if the dog wardens ever patrol the area.

    In response, Director of Services John McHale said two dog wardens patrol it.

    The Cathaoirleach say with the proliferation of dog fouling around the lake, maybe the dog wardens would need to visit Specsavers before they head up there again.

  • The Sports Minister Shane Ross has failed to give a date for work to begin on the running track sanctioned for Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.

    That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers, who claims this is another broken promise by Government.

    Work is continuing on Phase One of the 11 million euro sports project at Lough Lannagh – which is the provision of a new swimming pool.

    Phase Two involves the development of a running track alongside the new pool, but following local concerns that the second phase may not go ahead, Deputy Chambers submitted a parliamentary question on the matter to the Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport.

    The Minister has since confirmed that no money has been allocated for Phase 2, and no date has been given for when this project will commence.

  • Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA has today announced that it has acquired land at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation. The 27 acres of land is adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.

    The land will be developed into two sections, a Mayo GAA Training Centre, which will comprise of 3 pitches to facilitate the training and development of youth teams and the support of the Ladies Football team, as well as providing facilities for high performance teams visiting the Centre and staying in the Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.

    Mike Connolly, Chairman of Mayo GAA welcomed today’s announcement saying the Mayo GAA Training Centre is something that the GAA has been working on for a long time and he said he is delighted to be able to announce that this will now become a reality.

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin says Lough Lannagh is becoming a sporting hub in the Castlebar area with the Tennis club, Boxing club and new Swimming Pool already in situ and the local authority is delighted to become centrally involved in the area also.  The lands acquired by Mayo County Council will be developed as part of an overall Sports Tourism Development Plan, which will see the existing walkways around the lake extended, as well as other leisure and sports tourism facilities. The acquisition will also facilitate the connection of the Greenway at Lough Lannagh to the wider Great Western Greenway which is planned to follow on from the new N5 route between Castlebar and Westport.

    Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council says it’s a major step for the Castlebar region and for the county, the acquisition has significant potential in the areas of sports tourism, public amenity and sports development. The unique project which is the result of a strategic partnership between Mayo County Council and Mayo GAA addresses a longstanding objective to develop sports and recreational tourism in this county, Mr Hynes concluded.