The Lowry Team, spearheaded by Councillor Evelyn Nevin, aided by Town Clerk Michael Ryan and the Tipperary Centre for Independent Living, is undertaking a new project to make Thurles Swimming Pool accessible to all people regardless of physical disability or lack of mobility.
The recently renovated Thurles Swimming Pool currently has a hoist that caters to those who are wheelchair bound but unfortunately it is not adequate for those with more significant physical impairment, such as stroke victims, the elderly, and those with substantial physical disabilities. The Lowry team is therefore committed to raising the €40,000 that is approximated as being required to extend the state of the art facilities at Thurles Swimming Pool to include a state of the art hoist that can be used by all. Also included in the plans is a specialist changing area for people with disabilities, new toilets and showering area and minor alterations to increase accessibility.
However in order to make this project become a reality a considerable sum must be raised. Councillor Nevin has called on people of all ages to get involved and to partake in the Moyne Mini-Marathon to help with this cause.
“We are calling on people of all ages to join with us to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause. We have already received unbelievable support at this early stage. Both myself and a team of supporters will be undertaking to walk or run the Moyne Mini Marathon on the 6th of June in aid of this project. A group of 70 students from the Ursuline Convent, Thurles have also agreed to partake in this event to raise funds for the new hoist. Anybody who wishes to get involved should contact Michael Lowry’s constituency office on (0504)22022 for entry forms and sponsorship cards or to give a donation. By giving just a few hours of your time over the bank holiday weekend we can make a huge difference.”
“The current facilities at Thurles Swimming Pool are at an incredibly high standard and I commend all those involved in renovating the pool. It has been a huge asset to our community. We are now seeking to ensure that everyone in our community is free to enjoy and share this incredible facility on our doorstep. Swimming is known to be a huge benefit to those suffering with a physical disability. It is both therapeutic and has huge health benefits. It is a great source of exercise and physiotherapy. We have had expert advice from Ms. Kate Ryan an occupational therapist who has advised us on the many benefits of swimming and the best way to alter the pools current facilities to increase accessibility.”
“I’d like to thank all those who have so far been instrumental in driving the project to the stage it is currently at. We literally would not have gotten this far without the help and expertise of countless people, from occupational therapists, to the pool manager and staff to architects and beyond.”
Deputy Lowry added
“This is a very exciting and worthwhile project and one that I am delighted to be involved in. This service will be a huge benefit to the people of Thurles and the surrounding areas. A new hoist and changing facilities will make our pool accessible to all. I would like to commend all those lending their expertise to this project, most especially Councillor Nevin for her continued dedication to our community, and specifically to those with special needs.”
“The importance of such a hoist cannot be underestimated and I am delighted to confirm that project is processing quickly and work is due to commence this weekend”.