The country’s first surfing Centre of Excellence could be up and running next year after a tender was issued for its construction in Sligo.
The Government announced in November 2018 that the new national surf centre would be located in Strandhill and would be a key centre for visitors looking to capitalise on some of Europe’s best waves while touring along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The National Surf Centre of Excellence would also feature an interpretive experience that would tell the story of surfing in Sligo and along the Atlantic coast, an area that, pre-Covid-19, had become increasingly popular with domestic and international surfers.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced funding of over €1m from Fáilte Ireland to Sligo County Council for the venture on Strandhill promenade.
The National Surf Centre of Excellence would feature an interpretive experience that would tell the story of surfing in Sligo
More than a year ago Sligo County Council tendered for architectural design for the project, which received planning permission in 2017, and this week it issued a fresh tender for the construction works, outlining how it is to be completed within 15 months of contracts being signed.
According to the tender issued by the local authority, the requirement is for a “new-build two-storey construction, -570m2-, comprising of a state-of-the-art modern national surf centre over two floors with associated siteworks with the provision of a peace park on an adjacent site.”