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Joan joined members of the Hughes family in cutting the ribbon at the new ‘Christy Hughes Centre of Excellence’ at St. Mochta’s F.C. on Saturday (10th October). The centre is named in honour of a long-time stalwart of the club.

The centre includes a new clubhouse, and astro-turf training pitches, and in 2016 new floodlights will be built, allowing the club to play evening matches.

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Speaking at the opening, Joanpaid tribute to the members of the Nulty family and others for the work they have put in to building up the club.

She said: “Everyone involved in the club can be very proud of how much it has developed, both in success on the field and in the fantastic new facilities on the club grounds.

“I am delighted to see the sports capital grant the club received last year put to use in astro turf pitches, which are busy with young children learning football skills.

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“I look forward to seeing the new floodlights installed, now that the club has received a further grant under this year’s Sports Capital Programme.

“The club is very much the heart of the local community, and the activities here at St Mochta’s have a very significant benefit in terms of fitness, health and well-being for young people from the area.”