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Armagh parish unveils new £1m facility for community

A Co Armagh parish has invested over £1m in the construction and fit out of a new multi-purpose centre.

The Parish of Annaghmore, near Portadown, was supported by Ulster Bank in the construction of a 16,500 sq ft space that includes a sports hall, meeting rooms, recreation facilities, crèche and kitchen.

Reverend Dorothy McVeigh said: "Our community is growing every day and so too are parish services, so we needed a centre fit for purpose.

"The support from Ulster Bank in financing the new centre has enabled us to create a high-spec and functional space available to the community we serve and an asset for the wider geographic area as a high-capacity space available for hire."

She said additional facilities could be added in the future.

Sheila Donaghy, business manager at Ulster Bank, said: "The finance we have provided is a unique investment, one where repayment comes directly from the community and ongoing fundraising activity through the new centre itself."

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