New sports field opens at Ardglass

New sports field opens at Ardglass

7 August 2019

A £215,000 sports facility has been officially opened in Ardglass. 

The state-of-the-art Meadows playing fields got the ribbon cutting treatment yesterday, heralding a new era for the area.

Among those in attendance was Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairman Charlie Casey, who officially opened the playing fields

Also present were South Down MP Chris Hazzard and local councillors Dermot Curran, Cadogan Enright, Gareth Sharvin, Oonagh Hanlon.

Cllr Curran, who lobbied for the scheme over many years, said the park will be a terrific boost for 

local families for many generations to come.

He said the playing fields, complete with a professional-level changing room area and a pitch that can accommodate both soccer and junior Gaelic football, was a first class facility.

There is also a kick-a-bout area which can be used for other sporting events.

Cllr Curran said he wished to pay tribute to Newry Mourne and Down Council director Michael Lipsett and his team for their input.

“The total cost was £215,000 which had been set aside by the old Down Council for the development, which I ensured would be transferred to the new council for that purpose only,” he remarked.

“I understand it has taken a long time to reach the completion stage and there have been a few ups and downs along the way, especially when the design incorporated a six feet perimeter fence which proved problematic.                                                                                                                       “However, all these problems were overcome and we were able to move on. Today, we have a modern facility for the people of Ardglass and surrounding area to enjoy.”