Ten years after it first opened it's doors to the people of Kilkenny, The Watershed celebrated a full decade in business, last Saturday.
A huge success story, the €20m investment that built the facility has benefited the people of Kilkenny and the surrounding areas immensely for the past 10 years. It now boasts 1,100 members and many others use the facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also employs 45 staff.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary celebration, chief executive Tina Dowling paid tribute to everyone involved in making the centre such a great success.
She recognised the voluntary contribution of the Board of Directors - Chairman Billy Murphy, retired Deputy Chief Exec., Glanbia; Cllr Pat Millea (FF); Cllr Patrick O’Neill (FG), former Mayor of Kilkenny; Mr. Simon Walton, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council; Dr. Niamh Murphy Richardson, ex international athlete and Director of the Centre for Health Behaviour Research, Waterford Institute of Technology; Pat Crotty, businessman and former councillor and Mayor of Kilkenny.
Tina acknowledged the vision and leadership of Kilkenny County Council for developing the fantastic facility for the people of Kilkenny.
“The Watershed is the biggest facility in this region. We operate Les Mills fitness classes including our new Virtual LM classes, overall we provide nearly 100 fitness classes here per week. 10 years ago we certainly did not envisage virtual classes!”
She thanked the 1,100 members, many of whom are long term, loyal, customers, while not forgetting the pay-as-you-go customers for the gym and pool. “This shows the success of our goal, to provide sports and leisure for all,” Tina said.
She paid tribute to Dermot Gaynor, Chief Executive for the last 10 years. “The excellent work he did has brought The Watershed to where it is today!”