The leaking roof on the Renmore Community Centre, which has been causing disruption to the use of the centre for locals and community groups, is to be replaced within the coming weeks.
The centre, which includes a main hall and a meeting room, along with changing rooms, hosts activities including basketball, indoor soccer and bowls, badminton, kick boxing, karate, aerobics and a mother and toddler group. However the leaking roof has interrupted the use of the facility.
According to Independent city councillor Terry O'Flaherty, Renmore Bowling Club was due to host a competition last month, involving 16 clubs, but which had to be called off at late notice. There were four large containers on the floor to catch the rainwater and the club was informed for health and safety reasons there was "no way the centre could host a crowd of 60 to 70 people in such conditions". The fixture was subsequently transferred to the Westside Community Centre.
Cllr O'Flaherty said clubs and individuals have been "pressing for the past year to have the problem sorted". As a result, she has welcomed the letter from the Galway City Council Director of Services, proposing to proceed with the replacement of the roof structure, as part of the capital upgrading of recreation and amenity infrastructure in the city. The director said work will commence over the coming weeks and the public would be advised in advance of the contract period and dates for the closure of the facility
Cllr O'Flaherty said: "This is good news for the people of Renmore and will be welcomed by all who use this facility and the wider community."