An established international showjumper has been granted permission to develop an equestrian training centre in South Mayo.
Claremorris native Damien Dixon will develop the training centre with an indoor horse arena and stables along with staff accommodation about two kilometres from the town at Rooskey.
Mr Dixon currently runs his own stables in Switzerland but plans to return to Ireland with his young family after living and working in Europe for a number of years.
He is an internationally acclaimed showjumper who has represented Ireland on numerous occasions. He plans to establish a high-level private facility for competition-level showjumping horses, which will be trained at the centre to a high level. The outdoor and indoor arenas will provide for training and exercise all year round and will cater for up to 33 horses.
The facility will have four to six permanent staff with showjumping riders visiting from time to time. It is envisaged there will be one truck per day transporting horses to and from the facility.
Council planners, Aisling Judge and Alan DiLucia, noted the size of the proposed development ‘is extensive’ and involves the construction of buildings measuring 4,942 metres squared, including stables, an indoor arena and sheds.
The site is just over 4.5 hectares. However, it was noted the design of the stable block and arena are typical of that associated with large-scale equestrian developments while there are to be no public events held at the facility. Permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including the payment of €357 towards amenities.