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St Mary's PS Dechomet, Castlewellan

New Sports Pitch

29th Jun 2016

We witnessed an historic day on Monday 27th June 2016 with the start of our new sports pitch.

The project was initiated a year ago following the untimely passing of our Year 7 pupil, Stephen McElroy.

Stephen was an extremely talented sports person and his family and a group of dedicated parents formed a committee known as SMART (Stephen McElroy Appreciation and Remembrance Team). Our aim was to construct a sports pitch for the school in his memory.

Our committee approached local land owner, Mr Paul Greeran, for a long-term lease of a portion of his land, situated adjacent to the school. Paul immediately agreed to this and also joined the SMART Committee. This group has worked tirelessly over the past year to make all the necessary arrangements, which has led to this historic day.

Local contractor, John Dan O'Hare, with digger driver, Eddie Graham, are carrying out the works. It is hoped that the pitch will be ready for use by next Spring.

Special thanks to members of the SMART Committee, all those who supported SMART in all their fundraising events to date and also all those who helped in so many, many ways to bring this venture to construction stage. This new facility will be a tremendous asset to the school.