The weather may have been stormy but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered on the shores of Lough Rinn to witness the official opening of first phase of the International Rowing Facility last Friday.
The magnificent facility is only the second permanent rowing facility in Ireland and is the first permanent canoe/kayak sprint course for the country.
Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was on hand to complete the formalities for the €900,000 facility outside Mohill.
Speaking at the launch of phase one, Minister Ring, said “This project is of considerable importance not only locally but nationally. Our aim was to create a world class facility which is a centre of excellence for the development of water sports in Ireland and we’re very proud to have achieved that in the first phase of its development.”
The new facility boasts a 2,000m, eight lane facility which will be capable of hosting national and international events as well as acting as a training base for international teams in advance of major competitions.