The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, on Monday visited the site of the new National Outdoor Pursuits Academy and swimming pool as contractors arrived on site to begin work.
Speaking before the visit, the Taoiseach said: "Today represents a very positive day for Castlebar as this very significant construction project gets under way. The facility to be constructed here on the site at Lough Lannagh will serve the people of the town and county for many years to come. The two buildings here will contain both a 25m swimming pool and children's pool along with all associated changing facilities and the National Outdoor Pursuits Academy which will include teaching rooms as well as storage and gym facilities."
He continued: "I want to thank all associated with progressing the project to this stage and look forward to seeing the work progress here at Lough Lannagh. I want to commend those involved in construction, PJ McLoughlin & Co, who are very experienced in pool construction, as well as Michael Moran Electrical and KD Mechanical Engineers both from Mayo. The project is not only a lasting facility for the town but its construction supports local employment. I want to also thank Minister Ring for working with me on this project and all in county council for the planning and design."