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Killaloe Sailing Club Turns the Sod on €700,000 New Club House on Lough Derg

27th July 2021
Faith in the future - the sod-turning ceremony to launch work on Killaloe SC’s new €700,000 clubhouse on Lough Derg included (left to right) Councillor Tony O’Brien, Sue Concannon & Jim Ryan of KSC Development Committee, Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler, Caroline Rice (KSC PRO), and Commodore John Callanan
Faith in the future - the sod-turning ceremony to launch work on Killaloe SC’s new €700,000 clubhouse on Lough Derg included (left to right) Councillor Tony O’Brien, Sue Concannon & Jim Ryan of KSC Development Committee, Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler, Caroline Rice (KSC PRO), and Commodore John Callanan

Work has begun on the new clubhouse facilities for Killaloe Sailing Club near Ogonelloe on the southwest shores of Lough Derg, with the recent official turning of the first sod at the site a very significant milestone for the club.

Jim Ryan, a long standing member and driving force behind club development, highlighted that the new facilities will greatly enhance not only Killaloe Sailing Club’s offering to its current membership, but will also provide a wonderful amenity for the populations of the wider Clare, Tipperary and Limerick areas.

“Until now,” he said, “the club has been somewhat limited in developing its true potential, due to our restricted on-shore facilities. But with the building of the new clubhouse, the proper provision of running hot and cold water, showers, kitchen, changing rooms, indoor teaching facility and much more will be available to attract newcomers and established sailors alike”.

Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler was enthused that it was wonderful to see facilities like this being developed in Lough Derg, with a focus on developing the youth, with sailing being an excellent activity for confidence-building and both positive mental and physical health.

KSC Commodore John Callanan commented: “ The sailing conditions on our great lake are second to none, and offer some of the best inland leisure sailing and inland racing in Ireland. The sailing community love to travel and compete in different locations around the island, and overseas. With these new facilities, Killaloe Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming many visitors to the area in the years to come, thereby boosting the local hospitality economy”.

Killaloe Sailing Club says it has a reputation as being a family-friendly club, and warmly welcomes new members and visitors alike.

Anyone curious about starting to sail, or looking to re-start again after a break (even perhaps after a couple of decades of non-sailing like some recent new members), are welcome to visit the club on any Thursday evening or Sunday morning, or drop a line to: [email protected]

The total cost of the Killaloe Sailing Club development is over €700,000. It is part-funded by the LEADER program, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development supported by the Clare and Tipperary LEADER Development Companies. Generous support has also been received from the Tomar Trust, and Sports Capital, and the stated aim is for the joys of sailing to be discovered by a broader range of the population.

The club must undertake a significant fundraising schedule of events in order to raise the match funding.

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