Lanesboro TC Opens New Club Room

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Lanesboro Triathlon Club have entered a new era in their development with the opening of a new Club Room in the Co. Longford town.

The club, which recently won the prestigious Triathlon Ireland Club of the Year award, cut the ribbon on the facility earlier this month in front of a large turnout from by club members, friends and supporters from the local community. 

The room will be used for training and meetings by club members and is one of the first such purpose built facilities to be opened by a triathlon club.


Formal Opening

The formal opening of the Club Rooms was completed by long time Member and main sponsor of the Two Provinces Triathlon 2019, Brendan Cooney, who cut the blue and yellow ribbon, which was held by two former Club Chairpersons, Fidelma Brennan and James Gallagher.

In addition to enjoying fantastic food (supplied by Club Member Daire Stephens, Comfy Café), attendees at the opening event were also treated to a brief history of Lanesboro Triathlon Club by one of the founding members and former Chairperson of the Club, Brendan ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, and also to Zero2Tri 2019 graduate and current Club Assistant Treasurer, Carmel Hayes, discussing her joining the Club over the past year and completing her first triathlon at the Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesboro in July 2019.

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Cheques Presented

Club Secretary, Niall Mulvihill, also made a formal presentation of two cheques for €2,400 each to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Longford) and the Western Alzheimer Foundation (Roscommon), with monies raised by the Club at its annual Charity Swim in August.

Club Chairperson, Cian Crosbie, thanked everyone involved in making the new Club Rooms possible and said that the “future of Lanesboro Triathlon Club is very bright indeed with everyone involved looking forward to a fantastic year in 2020 with new Members (of all levels) always welcome to start or continue their triathlon journey in a welcoming, positive and supportive environment”. Lanesboro Triathlon Club will be commencing its 2020 Zero2Tri Programme in January 2020 and looks forward to welcoming the next generation of triathletes in the Club.

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phenomenal achievement: Kitchen

CEO of Triathlon Ireland, Chris Kitchen praised Lanesboro for showing other clubs what can be achieved with the help of the Capital Grants Scheme.

“It was a real pleasure to be at the opening of the facility and to see so many people there. For years triathlon clubs have been “homeless nomads”, piggy backing off the local leisure centre or hall or boat house, or car park; so it is fantastic to see the trend of clubs looking to get their own space and their own facilities," said Mr Kitchen.

"I know first hand the time and dedication needed to get a club up and running and it is a massive credit to the passion of the club and particularly all the club officers to be in a place where they have been able to get their own club house - it is a phenomenal achievement and will help cement you into the fabric of the local community with your own identity," he added.

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