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SATURDAY was a proud day for the Michael Davitt's club in west Belfast as they officially opened their new £1.5 million redeveloped club grounds.

Included in the developments were a new full-sized pitch, spectator facilities and a changing pavilion with Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey on hand to help with proceedings at Davitt Park.

The club started with a procession from Ard Na Va Road to the ground with a bagpiper leading hundreds of members, young and old, to the newly furbished ground.

The club's new facilities received £1.15 million from the council's Belfast Investment Fund and Schools Enhancement Fund and a further £345,000 from The Space and Place Programme, through the National Lottery Community Fund, thanks to National Lottery Players.

Cllr Hargey said: “Council funding has enabled the club to create a full-sized GAA pitch, spectator stand and changing pavilion, all of which will be used by the club themselves, local schools and the local community.

“Through the Belfast Agenda, council is committed to improving local neighbourhoods for local people and our Belfast Investment Fund is one way we're working to achieve this. We have pledged £28.2 million to projects, such as this one at Davitt's, through the fund."



DEVELOPMENT: The Ederney U6 FUNdamentals sessions continue tomorrow at 6.30pm. The sessions are open to all children in nursery, primary one and primary two and are held in the community rooms at the club. The sessions last 45 minutes and all children must be accompanied by a parent. Parents must stay for the entire session and are encouraged to participate in the fun activity with your child.

n DUNLOY CUCHULLAINS: The club is running its annual fundraising event ‘The Battle of the Fittest' on Sunday, May 5. Based on RTE's ‘Ireland's Fittest Family', the club are inviting teams – from Dunloy and other clubs – to sign up at the registration day, which will be held this Sunday. The event will be launched on Saturday, March 2 and regular updates will appear on the ‘Dunloy Cuchulainns Battle of the Fittest' Facebook page. Teams will be made up of six people of various ages and gender from 16 upwards. A percentage of the money raised will be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust while other fundraising events will be run alongside it, including a casino night in The Bridge Bar on Saturday, April 6.

n ST BRONAGH'S, ROSTREVOR: The club's GAA Centenary Mass will take place on Monday, February 25 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and those planning to go are asked to wear their club colours if possible. All attendees are invited back to the social club afterwards where the club will recognise Anthony Williamson for his services to Scór over the last 50 years. A buffet will be served on the evening.

n ST PATRICK'S, DONAGHMORE: The club's annual dinner dance will be held in the Torrent Complex this Saturday night. A number of tickets are still be available and they can be purcharsed from reception at the complex.

n BALLYMARTIN: The club are starting a social football team for players aged over 35. Any former player interested in participating is asked to contact Olaf Kerr or speak to any committee member. The club's annual dinner will be held in the Flagstaff Lodge, Newry on Saturday, March 2. The night will have a particular focus on the men's 1993 team who won the Down Intermediate Championship. Tickets and bus info available from any committee member or the Ballymartin Inn.

n ST JOHN'S, DRUMNAQUOILE: The club are hosting a GAA coaching clinic on Saturday, March 9 with Steven Poacher set to be joined by former Down stars Benny Coulter and Conor Laverty for the event. To book your place, contact Cormac McMullan on 07779790919 or

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