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Multi-million family hub & sport facilities planned for Carndonagh 14.09.22

JOINT plans to develop a €3m family hub and sport facilities in Carndonagh by 2025 have been announced by the Trustees of St Patrick’s Park and Carrick Sports Field Committee. The park has been leased to Carndonagh Football Club for over 50 years. The development plan will see local social enterprise, Spraoi, build Donegal’s first child and family hub on the park site, while the club moves to a bigger space at Carrickafoden outside the town.
L-R: Sarah McDaid, Carn FC Secretary, Helen Nolan, CEO Spraoi, Patricia Lee, Chairperson Spraoi, Jim Coyle, Chairperson Carn FC, Patsy Doherty, Trustee, Owen McGuinness, Trustee and Roisin McLaughlin, Treasurer Carn FC.
"This is a wonderful, far-sighted collaboration between the trustees, the soccer club and Spraoi", said Owen McGuinness, spokesperson for the trustees. “The proposed developments are a huge bonus for all of Inishowen and will be an enduring community asset.”

Chairperson of Carndonagh FC Jim Coyle said Carndonagh FC members “mightn’t want to see football leaving the town centre. But we recognise this significant opportunity to see state of the art sporting facilities on one site in Carrickafoden. It offers us the chance to cater better for our membership and especially the 320 children that attend training.”

Spraoi Chairperson, Patricia Lee, said the Trustees of St Patrick’s Park have “unlocked the potential Inishowen has to offer with the very best of family and sports facilities. Carndonagh will be a blueprint for excellence for rural communities with the addition of these facilities. Our people deserve the best and that’s what we are all working together to achieve.
We will offer fun, affordable and inclusive workshops, activities and support services which focus on creativity and play.”

The three groups say they will announce further details about the project shortly. Spraoi CEO, Helen Nolan, said they will be “reaching out to our communities here at home and across the world to help us reach our target of €3m. We have already secured €300,000 from the RTE Toy Show Appeal but we still have a long way to go! So, we will be outlining details of our fundraising plans over the coming weeks.”
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