Hailed as an ionic flagship facility for the border region, the 3G All Weather Multi Purpose Sports Pitch, GAA grass pitch, 400m Athletic Track and Field facility and 1600m2 sports building the project is being delivered by the Clones Erne East Sports Partnership Committee led by Monaghan County Council. It is hoped it will provide a platform for communities and organisations to participate in real collaboration and Peace Building within a natural sporting environment.
Funding of 7,803,451 has been secured under the European Union's PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. A publicity event to mark the commencement of construction on site was held on Tuesday this week. Welcoming the project Lorraine McCourt, Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat with the Special EU Programmes Body said:
"This is one of the more significant capital build projects to be supported under the EU's PEACE III Programme. Upon completion it will use the medium of sport to help overcome sectarianism by encouraging greater levels of trust, tolerance and respect from people living across the local area, on a cross-border basis."
Construction commenced on site in mid August with programme of work scheduled to last one-and-a-half years. The facility is due to be fully fitted out and completed for opening by June 2014. In order to secure a full range of facilities in line with having sport and recreation for all an additional amount of 400,000 has been committed to the project by Monaghan County Council.
Project partners include Monaghan County Council (Lead Partner), Fermanagh District Council, Clones Erne East Partnership, Clones Community Forum, Clones Athletic Club, Clones Town Council and Clones GAA Club.