Ireland's first pop-up pool has opened in Donabate in Co Dublin.

Swim Ireland said its 12x3 metre pool is fully portable and will improve access to swimming lessons.

"The idea is we can bring it and bring swimming to areas where there is no facility or where there is a facility but maybe there's no access to pool time for swimming lessons," Chief Executive Sarah Keane said.

The pop-up pool is currently in the carpark of the community centre in Donabate for 12 weeks before going on to Blessington in Wicklow and then Sligo and Cork.

The Government has already given a grant for the purchase of a second pop-up pool and Swim Ireland hopes that one day there will be one in every county.

A pop-up pool and a hard marquee to cover it costs less than €250,000 to buy which compares favourably to the cost of building and maintaining a permanent pool.

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Swim Ireland runs the pool, insures it and provides the lessons.

Local authorities have to provide a suitable site with a hard surface, water and power.

They are also asked to cover the cost of moving it by truck.

Swim Ireland said Fingal County Council has been very supportive and it is in talks with other local authorities who are interested,

Robert Burns the Director for Housing and Community Development in Fingal County Council said the pool was "really important" because people cannot learn to swim in "open water" or the sea.

"It's quite a dangerous area if you're not skilled, so this is a really good opportunity for young people, for people of all ages and abilities, people with disabilities can come and learn and swim here," he said.

Minister for Sport Jack Chambers said the pools are "accessible and affordable".

While the pop-up pool is too small for more accomplished swimmers who want to train or practice lengths its size also has some advantages.

Ms Keane said the reduced size means groups can have the space all to themselves and that privacy makes it accessible to some groups who shy away from larger permanent pools.

"We have kids with special needs coming in. We also have Muslim women maybe who don't want to be in a wider facility, this is a private grouping," she said.

"There's so many opportunities for so many people to access it. We want swimming to be for everybody," she added.

Bookings for the pop-up pool are managed through the Swim Ireland website.