Ribbon cut on new Newry Leisure Centre

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s new £22million Newry Leisure Centre has been declared officially open for business and is ready to encourage the citizens across the district to ‘Be Active’. 

The new sports facility is located in the heart of Newry City and is the first centre of its kind in Northern Ireland.



Speaking at the official opening, Council Chairperson Councillor Roisin Mulgrew proudly said, “I am thrilled to see the second phase of Newry Leisure Centre now complete and open to the public.  This is an important strategic project for Council as it contributes towards both the economic and social development of our district.”

“The opening of the new leisure centre also coincides with the launch of our Be Active campaign which is a drive to promote better physical health and mental wellbeing. With people leading increasingly busy lives, we often forget to look after our own physical and mental health.”



“The Council plays an important leadership role here and the new facilities are intended to reduce health inequalities by encouraging people to get active by enabling access to services, facilities and open spaces for all of our citizens, so that they can lead healthier and happier lives.”

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is committed to providing citizens from across the district and beyond with top-class facilities and the new sports centre certainly does not disappoint.  The Council’s Corporate Plan identifies its commitment to working together to improve the health and wellbeing of all our citizens.



The new centre offers a vast range of facilities under one roof available for everyone to avail of including over 80 station Technogym Wellness Gym, 47 station spin studio, 8 court and 4 court sports halls, Indoor Soft Play Area, Core Café, multipurpose rooms and much more.

Chairperson Cllr Mulgrew added, “This Centre will provide the opportunity to provide first class training facilities to not only raise the skill levels of all our local athletes in all sporting aspects, but hopefully put Newry on the map as a centre of excellence and most importantly of all, raise the levels of health and well-being of all our citizens both in this district and further afield.”

“The ‘Be Active’ campaign is about motivating everyone to undertake more activity. The Council is committed that ‘all people in Newry, Mourne and Down enjoy good health and wellbeing’ via the district’s Community Plan and the ‘Be Active’ campaign is a superb way to help support this outcome,” she added.

Commending everyone who was involved in the completion of the project, Liam Hannaway, Chief Executive of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said, “Our investment of £22 million is improving premises throughout our leisure and sport department. We are supporting our communities and our district’s ability to attract world class sporting events.”

“It is an honour to officially open this leisure centre. Today marks a very special occasion where two buildings have become one and for the first time in over 30 years our two previous sports and leisure sites have joined under one roof to provide this superior sporting complex.”

Architects Kennedy & Fitzgerald and building contractor Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd have contributed to the success of this project and were highly praised during the official proceedings.

MP’s, MLA’s, Councillors, Disability Sports NI, SANDSA Executive and community representatives joined the Council’s Senior Management Team and Leisure Services staff to celebrate the official opening of the new Newry Leisure Centre – a modern and environmentally conscious designed facility that will contribute to the district’s portfolio of premises for public use. 



Almost 100 guests attending the red ribbon cutting ceremony before enjoying a tour of the spectacular new facility.

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