Surf and turf centre could help regeneration of Lanesboro Ballyleague

Sep 27, 2021 13:09 By Shannonside News
Surf and turf centre could help regeneration of Lanesboro Ballyleague Surf and turf centre could help regeneration of Lanesboro Ballyleague
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The plans are all being considered as a means of helping the local areas in the wake of the closure of the power station and Bord Na Mona works

A new surf and turf centre could be part of the plans for the regeneration of the Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

It's one of 12 projects explored by KPMG consultants engaged to develop an economic and enterprise development strategy for the area.

James Chilton of Future Analytics told members of the Ballymahon Municipal District that the surf and turf project is the brainchild of Failte Ireland.


It would involve an artificial surf wave centre in a cutaway bog powered by renewable energy.

As with many of the projects listed in the report, a feasibility study is the next stage of progress.

Almost all of the other projects included in the presentation were those already being pursued by the local community, including a supporting an anaerobic digester, an R&D hub and Enterprise centre, and support of the Lakelands food hub and food festival.


Also included is support for Cloontuskert Ballyleague Visitor Centre and Organic Farm, and a Mid Shannon Discovery Centre.

KPMG has recommended increasing availability of visitor accommodation, providing additional training and upskilling for local people and increasing signage in the area.

Councillors welcomed the report, and Director of Services John McKeon made the point that it will add weight to applications for funding for the projects.


Cllr Mark Casey however pointed out that while the report was welcome, it provided nothing new that what is already in development or in the pipeline as individual and community projects progress.

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