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Pictured during a visit to the site in 2011. Valerie Rooney, Carnagat Community Association; Councillor Charlie Casey, Mayor of Newry and Mourne; Minister Nelson McCausland and Phyllis Kimbley, Carnagat Community Association.With the help of a grant of £94,924 from the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund work on a new football pitch in the Carnagat Estate in Newry has now been completed.

Commenting on the project Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said the pitch is an excellent example of working in partnership “I know there has been a demand for a purpose built sports facility in Carnagat for some time now and I was able to see this at first hand when I visited the estate in October 2011 to carry out the sod cutting ceremony.

“Work is now complete on a state of the art polymetric playing surface, suitable for a range of sports, including 5 a-side football and basketball. I welcome the news that the pitch is now available for use by residents, and in particular young people of the area and I hope that they quite literally have a ball using it!”

Minister McCausland also paid tribute to all those who had worked hard over the years to develop the project.

He said: “A key factor in successfully tackling deprivation and regenerating areas is through a partnership approach between local and central government working with the community and voluntary sector. This project is an excellent of such partnership working.

“I would commend the local community representatives Valerie Rooney and Phylliss Kimbeley who have worked closely with Newry and Mourne District Council, the Housing Executive, DSD and the Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board to help develop this project.”

The new facility, which was constructed at a cost of approximately £104,500, provides a place for local young people to participate in sports activities. It was funded with a grant of £94,924 from the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund with the balance coming from Newry and Mourne District Council who managed the contract and will take future responsibility for the maintenance of the facility in conjunction with the local community. The land for the scheme was provided by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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