Newry Sinn Féin councillor ‘on his bike’

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Newry councillor Charlie Casey has spent a day at Ratoath BMX Club on Saturday 11th August as part of a trip organised by Derrybeg Community Association.

Councillor Casey pictured at Ratoath BMX Club with Meath Deputy Mayor Jimmy Fegan and councillor Noel Leonard. Also in the photgraph are some of the young people who attended the trip and some of the organisers

“This was an absolutely fantastic day out” Councillor Casey said, “I must commend the organisers in the highest possible terms. “Over 50 young people from Derrybeg, The Meadow, Parkhead Crescent, Carnagat and the Greater Linenhall areas participated. Those who took part were aged between 10 and 17 and of course there were a few older participants such as myself!” The trip came about following Ratoath BMX Club’s involvement in the recently held Derrybeg Festival, during which they invited a group from Newry to try out their state of the art facilities. Casey continued, “The BMX Club in Ratoath have done excellent work especially considering that much of the track was constructed voluntarily by members of the local community.” There are hopes that this trip will be repeated in the near future offering young people from other areas of Newry a chance to try BMX biking. In the meantime Councillor Casey has been looking into the possibility of recreating a similar track in the Newry area. He added, “I was so impressed with the centre in Ratoath and how the much the youngsters enjoyed the day that I am convinced a similar track in Newry would be a big hit with the public. I am proposing that Newry & Mourne Council conduct some research into the viability of such a track.”
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