£2.5m Investment For New Sports Pitches

The Department for Social Development (DSD) has announced a £2.5m investment to build seven new sports pitches across Northern Ireland.

Four of the new pitches will be built at four Orange Lodge grounds and three at GAA grounds.

The investment includes:

• Maguiresbridge Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) 14, New 3G pitch (£284,222)

• Eoghan Ruadh, GFC, Dungannon, New grass pitch and walking track (£417,800)

• Newry & Mourne Council/Valley Rangers Football Club, Kilkeel, new 3G pitch (£246,971)

• Drumintee GFC, Armagh, New grass pitch and walking track (£249,521)

• Fivemiletown District & Cultural Association, (Roughan) new 3G pitch (£290,406)
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• Tullylish GFC, Gilford, New grass pitch and walking track (£429,798)

• Kilcluney LOL 132, Markethill, extend existing 3G pitch to full size. Costs to be determined.

Maguiresbridge LOL is the first group to receive funding. The Maguiresbridge Pitch Development & Management Committee was established in May 2013 to develop and bring forward a Shared Facility project to develop community relations in the Maguiresbridge and surrounding areas.

The Committee acquired the site at a cost of £30,000 for the purpose of developing a 3G pitch for the local community in this rural area.

The Department for Social Development funding of £284,000 will help towards the construction of a new pitch and include fencing, a footpath and floodlights.


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