Community rallies round sub aqua club

Little more than a week after a fire ripped through its plant, senior officials from Lanesboro’s Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club have expressed their delight at the way locals have rallied round the stricken organisation.

Little more than a week after a fire ripped through its plant, senior officials from Lanesboro’s Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club have expressed their delight at the way locals have rallied round the stricken organisation.

Donations from a 2011 registered Volkswagen van to more accustomed items such as a cherry picker have been offered up in a bid to lessen the damage brought about by last Monday’s blaze.

Club chairman Frank Casey said the response could not have been more considerate.

“It has just been excellent,” he enthused, as he spoke to the Leader on Monday morning. “We have had calls from all over from people looking to assist us. It is very heartening to see that the goodwill in people is still alive and well.”

Last week, it emerged as much as €100,000 in damage may have been caused by the fire, leading to the loss of two boats as well as a string of other key life-saving equipment.

But it is the outpouring of sympathy and support from those closest to the long established organisation which has this week forced Mr Casey and other club executives to re-examine their future plans.

“The van we have got the loan of until we get back on our feet. Hopefully though we will be back operating within a week or two,” he said.

Evidence of the support shown by members of the public was illustrated at Monday evening’s clash between Longford Town and Manchester Utd at Flancare Park.

According to well placed sources, several volunteers intent on helping with a bucket collection had to be turned away in the lead up to the eagerly awaited friendly encounter.

“It just goes to show that the Celtic Tiger didn’t affect community spirit, though to be honest we never really had a problem with that here,” said local Councillor Mark Casey.

“The Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club has saved so many lives down the years and now when it needs support the community is coming together and helping out in its time of need.”