Hopes leisure centre in Killybegs can be kept open

Efforts are underway to prevent the closure of a popular swimming pool and leisure centre in south Donegal.

It follows concern in recent weeks over the future of the facilities at the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs.

Henry Coleman, manging director of the Bay View Hotel, told a public meeting this week that the leisure centre had lost €70,000 last year.

The losses have been ongoing since 2013; for the first five months of this year, the loss was €30,000.

Mr Coleman said such losses could not be sustained.

The leisure centre employs 35 people.

The Bay VIew Hotel itself is NOT affected by the situation.

However, there are fears that if the leisure centre is not leased within a month, it would close at the beginning of September.

The uncertainty about the leisure centre was among the top concerns at the local community meeting this week chaired by Independent Councillor Niamh Kennedy.

Among those at the meeting was Niall Cull, CEO of DLR Leisure in Dublin, who was on holiday in the south west Donegal area.

He has over 30 years experience in the leisure business.

He told the meeting he would help in any way he could.

And as Cllr Kennedy tells Ocean FM News, that has given hope that the situation can be resolved and the leisure centre kept open.