Above: Mr Brian Crowley MEP
Kilmacsimon Swimming and Rowing Club would like to thank all those from the local and wider community who attended the official opening of the Kilmacsimon Community and Activity Centre on Saturday, May 17.
Among the many personalities and dignitaries present were Mr Brian Crowley MEP, ICRF President Mr Bill Deasy, SWCYRA Chairperson Ms June McCarthy, Councillors Kevin Murphy and Alan Coleman, Mayor of Bandon Ms Deirdre Lane, Local Elections candidates Rachel McCarthy, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Denis Boyle. Lone piper John Madden led everyone into the Community Centre at 7.30pm commencing the official proceedings in style.
Kilmacsimon Swimming and Rowing Club President and founding member of the Club – Mr JJ McCarthy addressed the large crowd present and spoke about how the Club has developed down through the years and how it started from humble beginnings on the banks of the Bandon river at Kilmacsimon Quay 30 years ago as a meeting place for swimmers and budding rowers alike. He said little did they know that the Club would evolve into one of the most successful rowing clubs in the country with over 150 members today, with rowers from under 12 beginners going right up to masters categories. JJ paid tribute to all those who contributed to bringing the Community and Activity Centre to fruition — from the development committee led by John Barrett, Cork County Council, West Cork Development Partnership whose CEO Mr Ian Dempsey was present, Club members for their tireless efforts in fundraising and the builders and many tradesmen who completed the project, many of whom are former rowers with the Club themselves.
Fr. Michael O’Mahony PP and Reverand Peter Hanna recited a prayer and blessed the building and boats having congratulated all those involved on a job well done.
Speeches followed from Mayor of Bandon and Town Council member Ms Deirdre Lane; Development committee manager John Barrett; Mr Pat Deasy ICRF; June McCarthy SWCYRA; Ian Dempsey CEO, WCDP; and Cllr. Kevin Murphy deputising for Cork County Mayor Tim Lombard, who paid tribute to the Rowing Club members, developers, workers and all involved in the project, stating that the it is a Community Centre that the entire community can be proud of and is capable of holding any indoor event of a sporting or community based nature.
Club Chairperson Ivone Buttimer again thanked everyone for making the night and indeed the Community and Activity Centre such a success and announced that many more events are planned for the year to celebrate the Club’s 30th anniversary
The speeches concluded with esteemed MEP Mr Brian Crowley who congratulated the Rowing Club and Community Centre members for showing such resilience and Community Spirit and developing such a great Community facility and wished the Club many more successful years rowing ahead.
He then unveiled the plaque to declare the Community and Activity Centre officially open to resounding applause-a fitting tribute to this great Club.