Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

DUP MP to attend opening of GAA pitch

A new Gaelic games pitch is to be unveiled with the help of DUP minister Gregory Campbell.

It will be a rare example of co-operation between a DUP politician and the GAA, but the prospect was hailed as a further sign of progress in Northern Ireland society.

The St Brigid’s Gaelic athletic club in south Belfast is to celebrate its tenth anniversary with the opening of a new pitch — the first time it has had its own playing field.

The new facilities will be unveiled later this month with GAA President Nickey Brennan and the Culture Minister Mr Campbell among the special guests.

Mr Campbell is understood to be keen to attend the event.

The thriving St Brigid’s club, set-up by a handful of enthusiasts, now has hundreds of members and enjoys cross-community support, with all the main churches set to attend its anniversary event.

Until now St Brigid’s, which serves the Malone suburb, has only had access to playing facilities thanks to the support of Harlequins rugby club and the YMCA.

The new pitch will be unveiled on September 13.

The playing field was financed with the help of the Sports Council, which is supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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