• Mayo county council needs to look again at the prices it is charging people to access the wonderful new facilities at the new 25 meter pool at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar.

    That’s the view of Fine Gael candidate in Castlebar Donna Sheridan.

    An open day took place at the new facility, owned by Mayo County Council on Saturday last, and according to Donna the price structure outlined appears expensive for both individuals and families, and need as to be re-assessed.

    In the old Castlebar pool, adults paid 4 euro to use the facility, and children were charged 2.50 euro up to 6pm.

    The new 25 meter pool costs 10 euro per adult to use the pool and gym, while over 55s and children will be charged 7.50.

    The Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming local elections says Castlebar is delighted to have such magnificent new facilities, but she argues to ensure footfall the local authority needs to re-think the new pricing structures.

    Donna outlined her view to Midwest News today.

    Midwest News sought a response from Mayo County Council and the local authority issued the following statement

    Mayo County Council can confirm that the pricing structures at the new swimming pool and gym at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar are in line with other facilities that are of similar size and scale.  The facility is due to open to the public on Friday 05th of April and plans for a series of Introductory offers will be announced to co-incide with the opening.  Pricing structures will be kept under continuous  review

  • IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has accused the cattle factories of crippling cattle farmers financially with the cutting of beef prices. He claims the latest drive by the meat plants to cut prices below a base price of €3.80/kg will do serious financial damage at farm level.

    He says cattle in the UK had increased by 4p/kg per week for the last 3 weeks and he contrasted this with prices cuts from the Irish factories.

    He told Midwest News today that the factory pull on beef prices is inflicting massive damage on the weanling and store cattle trade in the marts across the country and undermining the suckler cow herd.

    The IFA National Livestock leader said this year farmers have had to endure an extremely long and severe winter/spring period with massive meal bills. On top of this the drought involved farmers having to feed meals on grass at very significant additional expense and all of these bills are still there to be paid.

  • 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.