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Members of the local churches have added their support to the community based Shared Areas sports redevelopment project spearheaded by St Joseph's Boys High School.

Church leaders add their backing to the St Joseph's Shared Areas project. Back: Brendan Fearon, St Joseph's Boys High School; Rev Brian Colvin. Front: Rev Norman Hutton, Rev Kingsley Sutton and Micheal Murphy.
Church leaders add their backing to the St Joseph's Shared Areas project. Back: Brendan Fearon, St Joseph's Boys High School; Rev Brian Colvin. Front: Rev Norman Hutton, Rev Kingsley Sutton and Micheal Murphy.

Speaking at the gathering, project coordinator Brendan Fearon thanked all present for their ongoing support and positive input into the project commenting ‘it is extremely gratifying to see the extent of community-wide support for the Shared Areas initiative. In essence, the endorsement of Church leaders reflects the collective community interest of establishing much needed health and fitness facilities for as many people as possible to avail of. 

Attending the meeting, Reverent Kingsley Sutton explained, ‘It is very apparent that this community initiative is borne out of a need, but delivered with a passionate drive to provide the people of Newry with these fantastic facilities. I’m delighted to endorse the Shared Area project and would foresee it having great future benefits for the parishioners of St Patrick’s and St Mary’s.’ Reverent Sutton further commented ‘Even the Shared Areas acronym represents a powerful reflection of the project’s core principles, and the high degree of thought that’s gone into the extensive planning stage: Sports Health And Recreational Exercise Development – Armagh Road Enhanced Amenity Scheme.’

Mr Michael Murphy from Newry Parish Pastoral Council explained that the project offered a great deal of new and positive opportunities for the youth to engage with. Mr Murphy further added, ‘The climbing walls, cycle provision and the fitness facilities could all be utilised significantly as part of the St Vincent de Paul outreach programme, in particular as part of a rewards initiative for positive community participation.’   

Reverent Norman Hutton from the 1st Presbyterian Church (Non Subscribing) Newry, expressed great admiration for the project’s core vision of providing a cost effective approach to health promotion, commenting ‘these plans are very exciting, particularly through the urban regeneration of the area which in turn has obvious community benefits resulting from the promotion of health and fitness provision.’

The Shared Areas proposals include a 3G football pitch, climbing walls (interior & exterior), external gym equipment, fitness suite and cycle provision, all based at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Newry.

Reverent Brian Colvin of the Downshire Road Presbyterian Church explained that that he has great delight in supporting the proposals, particularly as the project has so many benefits for a cross-community interactions, further adding ‘These facilities and resources offer so much potential for the people of Newry on so many levels; health development, social interaction, educational, family orientated and inclusive of the whole community. It is with great delight that I endorse the proposals and look forward to the time when they are established at the heart of the community for all to benefit from.’

For more information about Shared Areas, please contact Mr Brendan Fearon at St Joseph’s Boys HS (028 30262595) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through www.facebook.com/SharedAreas

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