The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness on Saturday officially opened the new clubhouse of Na Magha Hurling and Camogie Club Ballyarnett Country Park, Derry.
Speaking at the event Martin McGuinness said: “I am delighted to be here at Pairc na Magha to celebrate the opening of this impressive new facility. The Club has come a long way from humble beginnings in 1982 and now has over 300 members, and caters for camogie and hurling teams from Under 8s to senior level.
“It’s a credit to the vision and hard work of its founders, past and present members, committees, volunteers and players. This first class sports complex, celebrates the culmination of many years work and they can now look forward to many more years of success and achievement for Na Magha.”
In closing Martin McGuinness said: “Earlier this week on a visit to the Somme I learned a son of Derry City Patrick Heaney, the Great Grandfather of my advisor Conor Heaney played hurling for Derry in the 1909 All-Ireland Hurling Semi Final. So this City has a history of hurling and through Na Magha Hurling and Camogie Club we can look forward to a future of promise and potential.
“Na Magha encapsulates all we wish to achieve in terms of inclusivity, diversity, activity, commitment, community engagement and sporting achievement.
"I wish everyone at Na Magha continued success and many years of enjoyment through hurling and camogie.”
Notes to editors:
- As well as funding from Derry and Strabane District Council, The Big Lottery and the GAA, the Department for Social Development awarded Na Magha funding of £550,000 to pay for the construction of changing facilities and clubhouse, and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure contributed £80,000.
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