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Kicked into touch: Bid for Northern Ireland sports museum halted due to lack of funding

Committee attempting to create memorial admits defeat due to a lack of funding

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Defeat: Mary Peters at an exhibition launched by the Ulster Sports Museum Association in 2009

Defeat: Mary Peters at an exhibition launched by the Ulster Sports Museum Association in 2009

Defeat: Mary Peters at an exhibition launched by the Ulster Sports Museum Association in 2009

The dream of a Northern Ireland sports museum to celebrate this country's heroic sporting achievements under one roof has suffered a massive setback.

A committee of leading figures campaigning for a permanent national sporting memorial have admitted defeat after 20 years of knock backs and are winding up their Ulster Sports Museum charity.

Presided over by 1972 Olympic pentathlon gold medallist, Lady Mary Peters, and chaired by former Ireland and Lions rugby international Nigel Carr, both feel the museum would have paid for itself, as a tourist attraction and an inspiration to future generations.


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