More resources needed for GAA in the city - call

Northland Sinn F�in Councillor Barney O'Hagan, Dermot O'Hara, Chairperson Lowrys Lane Youth Group Mark Higgins and Paul Crocker from the committee of Doire Colmcille , at their new ground at Lowrys field. (0409MM07)
Northland Sinn F�in Councillor Barney O'Hagan, Dermot O'Hara, Chairperson Lowrys Lane Youth Group Mark Higgins and Paul Crocker from the committee of Doire Colmcille , at their new ground at Lowrys field. (0409MM07)

Calls have been issued for more resources to be made available for Gaelic games in the city.

The call was made by Northland Sinn Féin councillor Barney O’Hagan after meeting with committee members from Doire Colmcille CLG at their new ground at Lowry’s Field in the Glen area.

Colr. O’Hagan also met with youth leaders from the area when he toured the site.

Officials from the club said they hoped the new ground, which is currently under construction, will be ready by the end of the year.

Club chairman Mark Higgins said: “We hope to have the ground works completed and the pitch sowed with grass by the end of September.

“We then have to let it settle for a year before we can use it, but hopefully it will be ready for the Feile tournament which is being run as part of the City of Culture and Fleadh next year.”

He also said the facility will benefit the local community.

“The club is erecting changing facilities on the site that will also be able to double up as meeting rooms or for community activities.

“We will be seeking to make this club part of this community and involve the youth, girls and women and more older people in the area,” the chairman said.

Colr. O’Hagan praised the club and called for more resources for GAA clubs.

“At present there are three clubs in the city who do not have access to their own grounds for games and training and have to rely on limited access to one pitch provided by Derry City Council at the Templemore Sports Complex.”

“Doire Colmcille have an ethos of delivering a quality product in their new grounds and this is reflected in the quality of the stone work in the boundary wall at Lowry’s Lane and when possible the club will be seeking to use local labour,” the local Sinn Féin councillor said.

Dermot O’Hara, Chairperson Lowry’s Lane Youth Group, also welcomed the development stating that this was a much needed resource for the young people in the area

“Lowry’s Lane has seen higher than normal levels of anti-community activity over the years and it is expected that the development of sporting facilities at Doire Colmcille ground will help to open up new opportunities for the young people,” the Youth Group chairperson said.