Sinn Féin Councillor for the Waterside area Christopher Jackson has welcomed the decision by Derry City and Strabane District Council to give the go ahead for a purpose built GAA pitch for Na Piarsaigh Doire Trasna GAC in the grounds of the former Immaculate Conception College.
Councillor Jackson said “This is great news for Gaelic games in the Waterside. News of this development will undoubtedly build on the great work that is currently ongoing between the communities there.
Despite being one of the only GAA clubs in the county without a home ground the club has been going from strength to strength over recent years both on the pitch on and off it through the promotion of Irish language and culture. With over 300 members Na Piarsaigh are an integral part of the Top of the Hill community. This pitch will ensure that this remains the case for generations to come.
The campaign for this pitch dates back to the 1970s and has come to a reality due to the Social Investment Fund (SIF )fund driven by the late Martin McGuinness. Martin realised the impact projects such as this would have in communities and I would like to congratulate all those on the SIF board who shared Martins vision.
Once built I also hope that it will attract more young people into sport and provide a positive outlet.