A new rural-area social and sports centre called Teconnaught GFC has been officially opened in the greater Annacloy area of Northern Ireland, Down News reported on January 20.

The project funded by Mourne, Gullion & Lecale (MGL) Rural Development Partnership is the latest project to come from UK government funds to help “enhance the health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.”

Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership were allocated £11mn of funding from the £70mn available across Northern Ireland as part of the grant funding from the Rural Basic Services Scheme of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 investment plan.

The new community hub consists of a social hub/café area, multi-use hall, meeting room, gym/training area and changing/shower amenities. They will also facilitate a range of services not previously available in the rural eastern Northern Irish farming community.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Vice Chairperson, Councillor Terry Andrews officially opened the new facility in a ceremony attended by Member of the House of Lords, MPs, MLAs, Councillors, Local Action Group members, DAERA Officials and community representatives.

Andrews said, “The funding provided by the Rural Development Partnership has provided grant assistance towards this worthwhile project for the Teconnaught community. This facility will help improve many aspects of rural dwellers lives within the area, offering the opportunity to develop projects to address a wide range of social and economic issues. Overall the new facility will be a wonderful addition to the local community.”