Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, that he has approved funding of €177,517 for the Phoenix Centre, Carrickmacross for the development of three new all-weather playing pitches.
Speaking following the announcement, Deputy Humphreys said:
“This is a project that I have been pursuing with Minister Hogan for some time and I was delighted to receive confirmation this morning that he has given sanction to Cavan-Monaghan Leader to approve funding of €177,517 for the Phoenix Centre.
“This funding is being provided under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 and is for the provision of three new multi-purpose synthetic all-weather playing pitches. The project also includes the development of an access road, car parking and retaining walls.
“This funding will be of significant benefit to the Phoenix Centre in the extension of their current facilities, which has an estimated total project cost of €290,000.
“The Phoenix Centre is an integral amenity to the people of Carrickmacross and the surrounding areas. At present, the centre caters for over 1,200 visitors per week and is also available for use by all of the local schools in the Carrickmacross area.
“I want to pay tribute to the committee of the Phoenix Centre and Cavan-Monaghan Leader for making a successful application. When complete the new all-weather facilities will provide access to sporting activities across a range of areas including football, soccer, hurling, futsal, tennis, netball, outdoor bowling, hockey and rugby,” said Deputy Humphreys.