The University of Galway has announced plans for a new Water Sports Centre with first class facilities for Rowing, Kayak and Sub Aqua clubs on campus.
The plans were outlined by the university earlier today after Galway City Council approved planning permission for the site.
There will also be a gym included in the new centre, which is aimed to cater to members of all sports clubs in the university.
Alongside enhancing water sport facilities on campus, the new development will also enhance the safety of water users in the area.
There was much positive reaction to the news of the development.
President of University of Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said that “with longstanding, outstanding success on the water, it is our hope that enhanced facilities will empower excellence, further success and the wellbeing of our students”.
University of Galway Director of Sport, Mike Heskin said “this new Water Sports Centre is designed to provide state of the art training facilities for water sports that University of Galway has excelled in, both at national and international level.”
“In 2022 our rowing club took home the biggest medal haul from the nationals. We are proud to have had two Olympians on our teams in recent years – Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh. Now we have an opportunity to provide top grade facilities to help others excel.”
The site will be built on the western side of the River Corrib, near the Alice Perry Engineering Building.