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Hurling club plans legal action against council over use of park pitch

A Lurgan GAA club has hit out at plans for a sports pitch in Tannaghmore Gardens.

A CO Armagh GAA club member is taking action against a local council over plans for a sports pitch that would render it "unusable" for Gaelic games.

Lurgan's Sean Treacy's Hurling Club has said a member is planning the action against Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council regarding use of a pitch at Tannaghmore Gardens.

The pitch in the council-owned Lurgan park has been used by the club's underage players since 2016, and a request had been made to erect GAA goalposts and ball-stop fencing.

In a statement on social media, the club said the request had been granted in February, and the new-look pitch opened in June.

However, Sean Treacy's said the council has been in negotiations with a local soccer club over the lease of the pitch, with discussions underway about creating two fenced-off pitches at the site.

"If the negotiations with the soccer club are successful, the facility will be closed to us and other GAA users," a spokesperson said, adding: "We have now exhausted our discussions with the council and we fully support this legal challenge."

A spokesperson for the council said it was "not in a position to comment".

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