It’s game on as Maghery MUGA gets funding

Members of Maghery GAC along with Councillor Gemma McKenna and club chairman Sean Cushnahan.  INPT0815-42
Members of Maghery GAC along with Councillor Gemma McKenna and club chairman Sean Cushnahan. INPT0815-42
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Maghery is to get a new multi-use games area (MUGA) worth around £120,000, after fears that initial funding had been lost.

The local Gaelic club had been trying to get a MUGA for years, and the new facility will be available for use by the entire community.

It will be built on the old caravan park site within the grounds of the country park and is due to be ready by late May.

Joe Fox, vice-chairman of Maghery GAC, the “driving force” behind the project, said it was “fantastic” that it would soon be a reality.

He said, “We have been trying to get this for the past four years. It will be used by everyone in the area, including the two primary schools, the Birches and St Mary’s Maghery.

“There is nothing like this in the area. The Gaelic field gets too much traffic on it and this will give us extra space.

“The young people will be able to play all sorts of sports. We are delighted.”

Funding had initially been granted by the Rural Development Programme and plans were at an advanced stage but funding was lost as the work was not able to be completed within the specified time frame.

Now, Craigavon Borough Council has stepped in with the grant, which is coming from the reserves fund - money which cannot be carried on into the new ABC Council and is being distributed instead.

SDLP councillor Joe Nelson, a member of the reserves working group and South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association, said the MUGA had been “hard fought for”.

Deputy Mayor of Craigavon, Sinn Féin Councillor Catherine Seeley, said she had no doubt, given the commitment of the community, that other regeneration plans for the area “will also bear fruit”.