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Rural Development Partnership awards £308,000 towards Kilcoo Community Hub

Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership (MGL) has recently awarded grant funding of £308,000 from the Basic Services Scheme of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (NIRDP) 2014-2020 to Kilcoo GAC towards the improvement of its existing Community Hub at their grounds in the heart of Kilcoo.


Funding from the NIRDP, along with a significant contribution from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDDC), will enable the installation of a commercial kitchen and new IT learning suite, situated within a capital build which will connect the two existing buildings to ensure a fully functioning community hub.


NMDDC Vice Chairperson, Councillor Terry Andrews said, “This Community Hub aims to help deliver a range of cross-community activities and programmes which are sustainable, accessible and meet people’s needs. These initiatives reflect the objectives within our district’s Community Plan to provide access to services that ultimately benefit the health and wellbeing of our residents. I am pleased that Rural Development funding has been awarded for this Project.”


Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of MGL said, “The grant assistance was secured following application to Rural Basic Services Scheme Call for Financial Assistance during March 2018, and we are delighted to work in partnership with DAERA, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Kilcoo GAC to offer enhanced cross-community services in the area. This Project is an excellent example of multiple groups coming together to achieve the delivery of basic community services such as; health care, cultural, leisure and recreational activities, where there is a clear demonstrable need.”


Jerome Burns, Contract Manager, DAERA said, “The Leader Programme, through which this project is being funded, enables local people to determine the needs of their own area and decide how best to address these and this is an excellent example of how the Programme is delivering on the ground. I have every confidence that Kilcoo GAC, with its extensive number of dedicated volunteers and committee members will enable this project to reach its full potential and be a resounding success for the future”.


The improvement works to the Community Hub are due to complete during the summer of 2020 and Committee members from Kilcoo GAC are looking forward to delivering an exciting range of leisure, educational and wellbeing activities for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Rural Development Partnership awards £308,000 to Kilcoo Community Hub

Back row: Mourne Gullion and Lecale (MGL) Member Councillor Leanne McAvoy; Terry O’Hanlon, Kilcoo GAC; MGL Member, Deaglan Mulgrew; Roger Morgan, Kilcoo GAC; MGL Programme Manager, Kevin McGarry; MGL Members Councillor Terry Andrews, Nicholas McCrickard and Ann Grant; Jim McClean, Kilcoo GAC; MGL Member Councillor Jarleth Tinnley Front row: Sheila Kelly, Kilcoo GAC; MGL Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew; Chairperson Newry Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey; DAERA Representative, Lisa Clydesdale; and Liam McEvoy, Kilcoo GAC

If you would be interested in applying under one of the schemes, please contact us on 0300 013 2233 ext 2506 (Downpatrick office) to register your interest.

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