Communities Minister, Paul Givan has announced funding of £335,000 for the development of a new Community Centre for the Drumalane/ Quayside Close Community Association in Newry. The new building should be open by next April.

The new centre will be built on a site adjacent to Quayside Close Sports pitches at the Albert Basin. It will provide modern community facilities for the people living in the area, including much needed sports changing facilities for the adjacent playing fields. Delivery of the project will be managed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

A new Community Centre is on the way for Drumalane Quayside Close Community Association. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
A new Community Centre is on the way for Drumalane Quayside Close Community Association. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Minister Givan paid tribute to the Community Association and to Newry and Mourne District Council for their work in bringing the project to this stage of development. He said: “The project is a prime example of how partnership working between the public, private and community sectors result in beneficial outcomes for the local community. 


“This clearly demonstrates my commitment to tackling disadvantage and improving the quality of life for all the residents of the Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Area.” 

Mr Givan said: “This community building will be a welcome new local venue and will enable the Drumalane/Quayside Close Community Association to offer a variety of programmes and activities for residents of all ages, within a safe purpose built facility.”

Sharing the news, a post of the Drumalane Quayside Close CA Facebook said "We are delighted to announce that our new community building should hopefully be opened by next April. It has been a long hard road with countless meetings etc over this past 4 years but now our dream has been realised. We were aware of this news several months ago but were unable to say so until it was officially announced. The £335,000 funding has been approved under the DFC's Neighbourhood Renewal Intervention Fund. Our 2 representatives on Neighbourhood Renewal Gerard and Gerry never gave up and were determined to get a new Centre for our community. They and past members over the years played a pivotal role in this wonderful news. We are determined to make this a huge success and know everyone will help us achieve that and be a part of our area's future.Just imagine next year having a youth club, a senior citizens club, a parent and toddler group etc and facilities to cater for all age groups."

The Community Association also thanked those involved saying "We wish to thank the DFC Minister, NMDDC, Sean Mckevitt, Janine Hillen, Julie Casey, Paul Brannigan, Catherine Mc Inerney, Raphael Crummy, Sharon Walker, Councillors and Council Officials, Parker Green, Emma Donnelly, Cathy Mc Mahon and all those agencies and individuals who gave full support. A special thanks to everyone on Neighbourhood Renewal especially our fellow community workers who stood side by side with us through the entire process. This centre will belong to the community and we will all work together to make it an outstanding success."





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