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24/10/2021

Ireland's first wave surfing centre set for Lanesboro?

Wavesurfing

The revival of Lanesboro and Ballyleague's economic well-being could see the area become home to Ireland's first artificial wave surfing centre.

The revival of Lanesboro and Ballyleague's economic well-being could see the area become home to Ireland's first artificial wave surfing centre.

Local politicians were briefed last week over the potential tourist attraction as a means to make use of hundreds of acres of cutaway bogs following on from Bord na Mona's switch from brown to green energy production.

Officials from consultancy firm KPMG delivered a presentation to councillors at last Thursday's Ballymahon Municipal District meeting.

Among a number of other potential developments put forward were the likes of a public realm and an enterprise centre, something which met the approval of Fine Gael Cllr Ger Farrell.

Independent Cllr Mark Casey was more critical however, stressing the document was not comprehensive enough.

“There is nothing new here,” he said, as he questioned why the discussion contained little or no reference to a boardwalk for the area.

“If this is the blueprint for our area, then I am not entirely happy with it.

“It's not scoped out enough and it needs to be expanded.

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