Councillor Hearty calls on community to get behind initiative

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Community, What's On
Crossmaglen councillor Terry Hearty is calling on community groups and residents to get behind the ‘Colourful Past –Confident Future’ initiative. The scheme, which aims to promote all that Crossmaglen and south Armagh has to offer to visitors, residents and investors, is being launched in the town’s Community Centre on Friday, June 7th at 10am. Newry and Mourne District Council, local councillors, members of Crossmaglen Rangers, Crossmaglen Chamber of Commerce, Crossmaglen Community Association and TADA have been working together for the last four months on putting forward a positive news story on the Crossmaglen and south Armagh area. Representatives from Louth County Council, Castleblaney and Monaghan Town Councils, Newry and Armagh MLAs, the area’s MP Conor Murphy and many more public representatives will attend the launch to show their support for the south Armagh community and local businesses. A number of local groups will have promotional stands at the launch highlighting the work they do in the area including the Castleblaney South Armagh (CASA) initiative, the Rural Women’s Network, the South Armagh Tourism initiative, the Shop Local campaign, Intertrade Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. Local and national journalists will also be taken on a tour of the Slieve Gullion region, which is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to highlight the huge tourism potential in the area. There will also be a presentation to Siobhan Hughes, Crossmaglen’s award winning Chelsea Flower Show florist. The main speaker at the event will be Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Councillor Hearty is calling on local people to come along to the Community Centre from 10am and show their support for the community and businesses. “This event will present an opportunity to lobby representatives from a number of major funding bodies and encourage them to use the area’s potential to attract investors and help to create jobs in the area. Even just 30 or 40 new jobs would make a major difference to our town,” he said. The event will also see the unveiling of the council’s Village Renewal Plan and the Crossmaglen Chamber of Commerce’s document on the future of the area. “These plans will give an indication of where the area is going and what can be done to secure its future. This is a positive news story that can help boost business and employment in the area. “Crossmaglen and the surrounding area has huge potential. We have a large area designated for industrial use, we’re a short distance from Newry and Dundalk, an hour from both Dublin and Belfast and just 10 minutes away from the motorway. “We are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but our most valued resource is our strong and capable workforce. I’d urge everyone to come out and support this great initiative.”
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