Construction has begun on the country's first indoor rowing facility which is to be built at the University of Limerick at a cost of €4.3m.
The state-of-the-art Rowing Boathouse will be located on the shore of the River Shannon on the UL campus and has been largely funded by the university's students.
The unique facility will be Ireland's only indoor Rowing 'Tank' where various weather and water conditions will be simulated. It will accommodate up to 16 rowers at a time in training.
The total area of the Boathouse is 1900 square metres. As well as housing the UL Rowing Club, Kayak Club, Mountain Bike Club and Sub Aqua Club the building will include a launch jetty, pontoon and a café area on the river bank which will be open to the public.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the University of Limerick today, John O'Connor, president of University of Limerick, welcomed that the addition of the Boathouse to the UL Campus.
"The UL Boathouse will be an important social, sporting and amenity development for Limerick," said Mr O'Connor. "It is also a great example of the initiative and capabilities of UL students."