Setback for Peace Centre as funding bid fails 

December 18, 2012

The planned construction of a new Community Centre in Camlough has suffered a serious setback after an application for European funding was recently rejected.

Community workers behind the attempt to secure funding from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) were disappointed and frustrated at learning their application was unsuccessful.

The news will impact greatly on the development plans previously outlined by Camlough Community Association that promised a modern community facility and an all-weather playing field on the ‘Ten Acre’ site in the village.

The site was bequeathed to the people of Camlough by the late Betsy Doyle, following her death in 2004, and to honour Mrs Doyle’s wishes, the Community Centre was to be named after her only son, John, who died from a brain haemorrhage in 1997.

Conor Murphy MP said there is a real sense of frustration in the area that, having gone through a ‘torturous application process’, the community has seen its application to fund the Camlough Peace Centre rejected.

“The community in Camlough have been working tirelessly for many years now to secure funding for the construction of a venue, which would provide a much needed facility for the local community and allow them to continue to develop the peace building work they have been engaged in. Having been through a torturous application process with the EU Funding Body there is a real sense of frustration in the area that, despite meeting the threshold for funding, no monies have been made available to them,” he said.

Despite this, Mr Murphy said the lack of funding will not deter those behind the project: “Camlough has been deprived of proper community facilities for decades and there is a real sense of determination among the people of the area to address this. This setback will not deter that, but people are quite rightly questioning the lack of peace monies that have been allocated to the South Armagh area,” he added.