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Dunsilly GAA centre of excellence opens new chapter for Gaelic Games in Antrim - Kearney

16 October, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has congratulated the GAA and County Antrim Gaels after attending the official opening of the County's new centre of excellence at Dunsilly outside Antrim Town. 

The South Antrim MLA said:

"The official opening of the Dunsilly centre opens a new chapter in the promotion of Gaelic games here in Antrim.  It is also a landmark occasion in the history of the local club Naomh Comhghall GAC.

"This is the climax of a project now ten years in the making. Many difficulties and challenges have had to be overcome in the intervening period.  

"The £800,000 awarded by former DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilin, and substantial investment by the GAA itself were essential in getting here.

"The highlight of proceedings was the sight of hundreds of young Gaels both girls and boys, from across County Antrim, playing on the four new pitches.

"A new era has dawned for the development of Gaelic sports in County Antrim.  That is a tribute to the efforts of successive County Antrim Boards, and leadership of among others Frankie Quinn, Jim Murray, and current County Chairperson Collie Donnelly and his committee.  It is also testament to the efforts of Naomh Comhghall Chairperson Paddy Quinn and his committee.  Their contribution has been and remains central to the success of the Dunsilly centre. I wish them all well for the future.

"Most importantly, this official opening would never have been possible without the tenacity of so many local Gaels, including, Pauline Sloan, Enda Mc Auley senior, Tom Crilly, Gerard Magee, Jerry Holyoake, and Angela Callan. Dunsilly is a tribute to their collective efforts.

"I hope this phase will be a catalyst in helping to realise the overall strategic vision for Gaelic games at Dunsilly, and hastening completion of the Casement Park redevelopment. The GAA family in County Antrim, and all sports fans in Ulster and nationally deserve nothing less." 

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