Thursday, June 20, 2019

KILDARE Sports Partnership has announced that the installation of a floating jetty and repair of the existing structure has been completed on the river Barrow in Athy.

The bottom step of that structure was replaced with the new jetty, with mesh added and minor repairs made to the other two steps.

Accessibility is a key point and the jetty’s proximity to the boat slip nearby will help groups like the Athy Rowing and Canoeing Club, Athy Dragon Boat Club, Athy Triathlon Club and the wider community in accessing what is a fantastic natural amenity in the centre of the town, and will undoubtedly encourage the increased use of the river as we head into the summer months.

Speaking to the  Kildare Nationalist , Kildare Sports Partnership’s Athy Sports Hub coordinator, Deborah Foley, noted that river users like rowers, kayakers and dragon boaters will be able to use the floating jetty to safely get into the water, including or perhaps especially those still learning their particular sport. “It’s a good entry point for everyone to be able to use,” she remarked.

Deborah Foley (Kildare Sports Partnership) and Terry Smith (Athy Rowing & Canoe Club Chairperson) on the new floating jetty

She explained that she completed a grant application for the Kildare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) last summer and that funding was subsequently awarded. After securing a quote that matched the available funding, work was done in the background over a number of months with the project completed in recent weeks.

Deborah, who noted that she hopes to see plenty of people using the new floating jetty over the summer, added that the doors to the nearby Athy Sports Hub are always open and that sports clubs around the area are always looking to both increase their membership as well as participation in water-based activities on the Barrow. She urged people to feel free to drop in and say hello and described it as the best port of call for those interested in joining a club and becoming active on and around the water.

Another exciting endeavour this summer in Athy is the announcement of Kildare Sports Partnership’s first ever kayaking-only summer camps. The camps are for children aged between 8 and 12 years old who have the ability to swim. There will be three weeks of camps and all details can be found on Kildare Sports Partnership’s website www.kildare.ie/kildaresp.

For more information or for any questions, contact Deborah on [email protected].

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By Conor Forrest
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