New changing facilities and a community hall at Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club, Dungannon, will improve participation in sport and will be a real asset to the local area.
The facilities were funded by the Department for Communities (DfC) with a £390,000 investment through the Regional Shared Space Sporting Facilities (RSSF).
The Eoghan Ruadh project also saw the construction of a community room, the Manus MacGinty Hall (named after assistant treasurer of the club when he passed away in January) which is available for use by numerous groups and organisations in the area, for example local residents groups, dance groups and music groups.
Speaking at the opening of the new facility, DfC Community Empowerment Division Deputy Director, John Ball said: “It is a real pleasure to see the successful completion of this magnificent new building. It represents an important new facility for the hurling club to increase participation by complementing its playing pitch and community walking track, also funded by DfC, and will allow those using them to do so in a safe and clean way. The new community room is also available for use by local groups. The work here represents the culmination of a lot of effort by Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club and the Department is delighted to have been able to encourage and support their work.”
The Chairperson of Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club, Thomas Colton, added: “As Chairman of Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be part of the official opening of our brand new clubhouse. This building, consisting of a community room, 2 changing rooms, a third female only changing room, referees suite and public toilets, has changed the lives of everyone visiting this area. Adults and children can now enjoy their sport with changing and shower facilities and the local and visiting communities have a beautiful room for gatherings and refreshments.”
Notes to editors:
- The Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club previously received DfC funding of £480,000 which supported the development of a new grass pitch and the construction of a perimeter walking track at the club grounds. This further investment, providing changing facilities onsite, will ensure that the pitch and walking track are utilised to their full potential.
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