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Lamh Dhearg opens ‘Take a Break’ Facility

10th September 2020

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Expanding the GAA oasis at Hannahstown

On 4th September Lamh Dhearg GAA opened its new Community ‘Take A Break’ area beside the Hannahstown Highway to Health located at the Lamh Dhearg 18 acre complex. This was funded by Aughrim Landfill Programme and is a great boost to the local community and the club as we all recover from the effects of lockdown.

The 600 metre Highway to Health is widely used by the @ 25,000 visitors to the Lamh Dhearg complex annually and the club had received feedback from the local Hannahstown Community Association and many users that they would use the Highway to Health even more if there was some social place for the users to rest and chat during their walks.

The club’s Facilities and Infrastructure Committee set about delivering this community need in January 2020 and in March 2020 with support from Hannahstown Community Association, Ballymacward & St Oliver Plunkett Primary schools, a local Indian community and the Belfast Hills Partnership applied to the Aughrim Landfill Programme, administered by Groundworks NI, and the new area was approved.

The area consists of a 150 square metre area levelled and kerbed off to include two new large flower beds. The two new flower beds are planted out in native shrubs, wild-flowers, and indigenous heathers to enhance the local ecosystem. The middle section consists of decorative stone to allow for a recreational area with four new benches which are made from 100% recycled plastic. A small brick path to first bench will facilitates wheelchair access.

The club really appreciates the support from the Aughrim Landfill Programme and is sure this new facility will be a boost the local area

Despite the pandemic, under the energetic leadership of Chairperson Peter Kane, the club is has started the 2nd phase of its 2nd grass pitch project at Pairc Lamh Dhearg due to the generosity of its members and friends as it strives to provide top class facilities for its growing membership.

Lamh Dhearg isn’t allowing 2020 to be a year of stagnation!

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