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Ní Chuilín praises sports and arts organisations in rural communities.

5 December, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, has praised the work of sports and arts organisations in rural communities.

The Minister was speaking after a visit to Dungiven Library to meet with different sports and arts organisations from the area.

Commenting the Minister said: “I am always pleased to be able to take the opportunity to meet grassroots organisations and hear about the work they are doing. Sports and arts organisations are at the heart of many communities, helping to instil pride, a sense of involvement and accomplishment.

“Sporting and arts organisations are key to tackling some of the key components of social exclusion and isolation. This could be something as simple as bringing people together to work on a joint art project to helping children to take up physical activity and join their local team.

“Meeting everyone has enabled me to find out about the excellent work in relation to sports and arts here in Dungiven. It has given me a better understanding of those issues specifically related to rural areas and community and sporting participation. It is vital we ensure that opportunities to access both the arts and sports are open to all. Those who live within rural areas deserve the same access to projects and sporting facilities as those in our cities and towns.

“It has also been my pleasure to unveil a plaque at Dungiven Library depicting life along the River Roe. Working alongside the internationally renowned artist Maurice Harron, this is a perfect example of a community coming together to celebrate their local heritage and environment. This is an excellent example of how a library can be used effectively as a community hub. Dungiven library is the focal point for a range of community activities. It provides the community with a valuable resource through the facilities available and draws people into the library, people who might not have been traditional library users. In this difficult time of increased pressure on public funding we need to think creatively about how resources can be shared so that we can continue to provide valuable services to our communities. I would like to thank all the staff from Dungiven Library for making us all feel so welcome.”

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