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Major revamp plans a boost for Banagher

By Declan Bogue

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced the renewal of planning permission for state of the art facilities at Banagher Gaelic Athletic Association Club (GAC), in the village of Feeny, Derry.

Minister Durkan approved a new two storey sports and community building. The new facilities will consist of a multi-purpose hall, gym, multi-purpose rooms, changing rooms and storage plus car parking and landscaping in the rural Fr McNally Park, Feeny.

These facilities will help to support both the rural community and economy through job creation in the construction and subsequent running of the centre.

The Banagher club have confirmed that the next step is awaiting a certain amount of funding from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Applications for funding are currently closed, but it is believed that a fresh batch of funds will be made available from October.

Durkan said: "This is a terrific boost for Feeny. Not only will it mean improved sports facilities for the club, it will serve as a community facility. What's more, it will mean further regeneration for the village. Decisions like this support my vision for a better environment and economy."

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