Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed the news the Department for Social Development (DSD) has announced a funding contribution of £507,000 for the construction of a clubhouse, changing rooms and associated facilities for Na Magha Hurling and Camogie Club.
A further £100,000 will also be contributed by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and Derry City Council (DCC).
In an interview with the Derry Journal yesterday, Colr. Duffy described the announcment as “good news” for Derry and welcomed the fact that the new facilities will benefit community in the greater Shantallow area.
“This is good news for the club and all those who have worked on this project over many years.
“I also would like to thank my party colleague Colr. Mickey Cooper who has been involved in helping with the club working through funding aspects for this project. It’s important that we maximise every opportunity to improve and enhance our sporting facilities in Derry and encourage more young boys and girls to take up sport.
“It’s great to be getting more sporting facilities into the greater Shantallow /Culmore areas.”
Colr. Duffy finished off by praising the GAA for its organisational structure and gave her full support to Na Magha going forward.
“The GAA is the envy of sporting and community organisations the world over, their commitment to their sport, communities, clubs and county is tremendous. I wish Na Magha GAC every success in the future.”
Na Magha Hurling and Camogie Club is the project promoter for the construction of the two storey clubhouse, changing rooms and associated facilities at Ballyarnett Country Park within the Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal area. The overall cost of the project is £607,189. of which DSD is investing £507,189. DCAL is investing £50,000 and DCC will provide £50,000.