Re-open Ice Dome call

A DUNDALK mother, whose daughters are award-winning figure skaters, raised e1,148.50 for the Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) by running this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.

A DUNDALK mother, whose daughters are award-winning figure skaters, raised e1,148.50 for the Ice Skating Association of Ireland (ISAI) by running this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.

Rebecca Hoey decided to raise the funds to help keep the ISAI afloat despite the closure of the Dundalk Ice Dome.

Her two daughters, Niamh, aged 15, and Ciara, aged 13, have won numerous awards since they started skating just over three years ago.

“They have only been skating for a short time but have been winning competitions ever since they started at the Dome,” she said.

“We were gutted when the Dome closed. It’s a great facility for families. My girls were there every day training after school.

“Now they can only get on the ice one day a week. They travel up to Belfast on Sundays and have to get up at 5am. We need to get the Dome re-opened.”

The St Vincent’s Secondary School students both won prizes in the Telford Open in England three months ago. Ciara won first prize and Niamh came third in their category.

“I did the mini-marathon after talking to Joan Brady who does great work for these type of events.”