14 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“Seeing is believing and I think that anybody who was around the site today will see that the project is definitely going ahead.” 
So said Director of Services with Monaghan County Council Adge King at a publicity event to mark the commencement of construction of the PEACE III funded Clones Erne East Sports and Recreation facility in the Canal Stores, Clones on Tuesday morning, last. A site visit had taken place before the formal event in the Canal Stores.
Funding of €7,803,451 has been secured under the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The project which is located at Liseggerton is being delivered by the Clones Erne East Sports Partnership Committee led by Monaghan County Council. Other partners include Fermanagh District Council, Clones Town Council, Clones Community Forum, Clones Athletics Club and Clones GAA Club.
The project’s objective is to provide a sport and recreation facility that will be iconic in nature, act as a flagship facility for the border region and to provide a platform for communities and organisations to participate in real collaboration and peace building within a natural sporting environment.
The process of procuring a contractor to deliver the sports and recreation complex has resulted in the contract being awarded to Tracey Brothers Ltd, from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Construction commenced on site in mid August 2012 with the programme of work 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.
Mr King, who acted as Master of Ceremonies on Tuesday, described the day as one of celebration and joy as the commencement of the work on the site was …

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