BY BRIAN MOORE
EXCITING times are on the horizon for award-winning Ring Rowing Club as it awaits the go-ahead to build a new storage facility for its valuable boats and other essential equipment.
The club has submitted a planning application to construct two storage areas for their five boats, each worth €10,000, and rowing machines, which are used by its 100 members.
‘The club was founded back in 1985,’ Sharon Hurley PRO at Ring Rowing Club told The Southern Star.
‘We’ve had great support from the community and while we have been working out of the boot of our cars for many years, now we have found an old site – thanks to a local land owner – where we hoping to set up a permanent home.’
There is an existing stone shed on the site, which the club plans to re-roof. Padraig Griffin said: ‘The club was founded by Ger O’Driscoll, Charlie McCarthy, Carl Wycherley and Denis Harrington, who first came up with the idea and now today, thanks to the support of our community and our sponsors, we have a fantastic rowing club that is growing all the time.’
The club now has five boats and while these have been looked after incredibly well, it’s time for the members to provide a permanent home for their precious equipment. Going well, and pending the granting of planning permission we hope to have the boats under cover and all together by Spring 2018,’ Padraig said.
‘We always welcome new members,’ he added.
If anyone is interested in getting invovled in the club, they can get all the details from the club Facebook page or contact Padraig Griffin on 087 8383622.