Athlone Mayor tours Dunrovin

The IWAI President Alan Kelly welcomed Mayor Aengus O’Rourke on a guided tour of Dunrovin, located on the shores of Lough Ree in Coosan, to view the build progress of the new IWAI clubhouse and RNLI lifeboat station

IWAI President, Alan Kelly, said “The local authorities in Westmeath have been very supportive of our joint development here in Coosan. The executive and councillors, both, have welcomed and encouraged this investment in facilities for visiting waterways users in County Westmeath. These buildings will be a resource in perpetuity for all waterway’s users and with the RNLI in situ in a permanent lifeboat station on the shore will keep waterway users and visitors alike safe.”

“This site”, continued Mr Kelly, “is steeped in waterways history, being the spiritual home of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland. For the five  years, we have been working in partnership with RNLI, right through the pandemic and we are delighted to now be in a position as an Association to showcase our progress with the Mayor and finally fulfil the original wishes of our founding members.”

Aengus O’Rourke, Mayor said “Athlone is the centre of the waterways and has a long history of sailing, diving, boating, swimming, angling, and rowing. We are blessed to have so many water-based organisations in the town. With the addition of the IWAI clubhouse and the RNLI lifeboat station, located in Coosan, those using the waterways can be reassured of their safety. For two charities to invest their collective energy and financial resources in this project during the pandemic is testament to the resilience and commitment both organisations nationally and to Athlone at the centre of this great waterway network.”