New play park equipment and I.T. Suite for Creggan

June 15, 2010

On Wednesday night last, a new I.T suite and playground equipment were officially launched in Creggan within the Church of Ireland Parish Hall and local Playground. The Project was funded by the DSD’s Local Community Fund (delivered and administered via Newry and Mourne District Council)

In attendance at the official launch of the scheme was the Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Cllr Charlie Casey who paid tribute to the Management Committee in securing LCF funding, which already has had significant benefits for the wider community: “Additional and much needed equipment in Creggan Play area has greatly improved the play facilities for our younger generation, with the addition of a new cradle swing, springer and safety equipment. The benefits of the new laptops and ICT equipment are also evident as we celebrate this evening the completion of many I.T courses to take place in the Church Hall.”

Congratulations were passed to those who had completed the digital photography delivered by Nikki McKenna.

Secretary of Creggan C.O.I HMC Kenny Donaldson was keen to point out that the Project was very much a partnership effort between the Hall Management Committee and Creggan Community Association.

Mr Donaldson said: “Creggan ward has benefited substantially over the past 3-4 years from the opportunity to avail of DSD LCF monies. This area has been transformed with many innovative environmental projects; Creggan Church of Ireland Parish Hall has been fully refurbished and now operates as the main service hub within the local community. The IT & Playground Enhancement Project had an additional strand of community partnership and we look forward to building upon these relationships in the months and years ahead.”

“On behalf of Creggan C.O.I HMC (and I know these sentiments will be shared by Creggan Community Association) I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to what was Newry and Mourne LSP, Newry and Mourne District Council and the various officers/Staff who over the past number of years have supported us in developing and delivering community-based projects for the betterment of people living throughout Creggan ward. Our acknowledgement and thanks also go to local Councillors for their support and encouragement.”

“It is my view that the there is a very positive legacy left as a result of DSD LCF monies being pumped into Creggan ward.”

Newry and Mourne District Council is the intermediary funding body for the delivery and administration of the Department for Social Development’s Local Community Fund in the Newry and Mourne District Council area for 2009/2010.

The Local Community Fund Programme is aimed at developing community capacity and leadership in areas suffering high levels of disadvantage and where community infrastructure is weak. Creggan Church of Ireland Hall Management Committee were successful in receiving £10,000 in funding towards the project: “Creggan IT & Playground Enhancement Project.”

Upcoming events/activities at Creggan

Creggan Walkers and Talkers

Upcoming walks:

Tuesday 15th June 2010 – Newry Tow Path (Meeting at Sugar Island Car Park, Newry at 7pm sharp) Lifts are available from Creggan if required at 6.30pm.

Tuesday 22nd June 2010 – Lough Muckno, Castleblayney (Meeting in the main car park at 7pm sharp) Lifts are available from Creggan if required at 6.30pm.

Those wishing to join the walking group will be asked to contribute £2 per walk. These monies will be used to pay for bus transport for a couple of the walks, which will be held in further away locations. Please contact Muriel Donaldson on: 028 30 861025 for further details.

Upcoming activities:

A second digital photography course is due to commence on Thursday 2nd September 2010 x 6 consecutive weeks (7pm – 9pm) The cost of the course is £20 per person, which is payable on week 1 of the course. This course is now full with a reserve list in place.

Meanwhile, a Jewellery making course will commence on Monday 6th September 2010 x 8 consecutive weeks (7.30pm – 9.30pm) The course is priced at £30 per person, which will include a contribution towards the provision of materials. These monies are again payable on week 1 of the course.

Basic computers, dancing and genealogy courses will also be delivered over the Autumn/Winter seasons. Names are currently being taken.

To avoid disappointment, those interested in attending any of the activities outlined should register their interest with the Group’s Secretary, Kenny Donaldson on: 07900882770 asap.