Wolfhounds GAC played host to DUP Minister Mervyn Storey when he visited Limavady on Tuesday.
With funding of £309,000 from the Department of Social Development, Wolfhounds GAC have given their facilities at Scroggy Road a serious facelift, with a much needed upgrade and refubishment.
The minister was welcomed by Club chairman Seán Bradley, and Ulster Council and club coaches who were there on the day.
After seeing for himself how the funding has improved facilities for the at least 320-member club playing football and camogie, the minister also met with children attending a summer camp at Páirc na gCúnna.
Seán Bradley said the club was delighted to welcome the minister and show him what a successful project it has been.
“We welcomed the minister with friendship to our grounds and thanked him for his department’s expertise in assisting us in development of our facilities,” Mr Bradley told the ‘Journal’.
For the first time in the Wolfhounds’ 35-year history, the club now proudly owns its facilities.
Mr Bradley said the project was completed on time and on schedule by contractors NICOR, and he paid tribute to Limavady United FC for allowing machinery needed for the project access through their grounds.
“Without that, the project would not have been completed on time and we are very appreciative of that neighbourliness,” said Seán, who thanked everyone from the club who helped ready the grounds for the visit.
The minister appeared to enjoy his visit to Páirc na gCúnna, said Seán, where he also met architect Declan Quigley,and Davy Young of Limavady United.
“We were delighted to welcome the minister and express our thanks to him for the back up we got from his staff and his department. We were delighted to show him a successful project,” said Sean, adding: “He seemed to enjoy the experience and he was very well received.”
The minister described the upgraded facilities at Wolfhounds GAC as “impressive”.
“They are now a fully inclusive, state-of-the-art facility, open to everyone. It is an impressive new facility that I have no doubt will be fully utilised,” said the minister.
The minister also had a warm reception when he met with Roe Valley Residents’ Association to hear more about their work in addressing issues such as low educational attainment, worklessness, poor health, social isolation, crime and anti-social behaviour. DSD provides funding of £39,893 towards staffing costs.
During his visit with the Association, Mr Storey heard from project coordinator, Karen Campbell about the importance of neighbourhood Renewal Funding and the vital work it does in helping address issues, and how it has made a difference.
Also on hand to welcome the minister were other staff, and a number of committed volunteers as well local residents who turned out to say ‘hello’.
The minister also had a walkabout on Main Street and Linenhall Street to see the recent public realm schemes, and enhancements to shop fronts under the Limavady Revitalisation Scheme. Improvements included upgrades including pavements, street lighting, seats, bins, as well as replacing shop fronts, drainpipes and guttering for 23 properties.