Glen gaelic pitch work welcomed

A half million pounds investment in GAA facilities in the Glen area of the city has been welcomed by local politicians.

Work on phase one of Pairc Cholmcille, Lowry’s Lane, is expected to begin in the early autumn.

When completed the facility will be used Doire Colmcille GAC and will eventually include a full sized pitch, training pitch, and changing facilities.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin welcomed the move and said it would provide a boost to the entire community.

“This is a positive news story for the Rosemount/Glen area. It has been a long time in getting to this stage for work to begin on the Pairc Cholmcille development.

“This new development represents a £500,000 investment in the community of the Glen, Rosemount and the Outer West neighbourhood renewal area.

“When work is completed at Pairc Cholmcille it will include a full size pitch, a smaller training area and modern changing facilities. It’s important that the local community, various agencies and that Doire Colmcille GAC work in partnership to ensure this a success,” she said.

Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan also welcomed the announcement.

“This development is something that I have worked with the club and local residents on for quite some time.

“The pitch has been a cause of contention and not all residents are or have been in support of this development. The sound management of this facility and its construction should be ensured to maximise community benefit,” he said.

Mr Durkan added: “It is an area with no facilities for young people and this will not just redevelop a space that is used for anti-social behaviour but will offer a positive alternative to young people in the area.”