New road to go through Newry Mitchels' ground

October 08, 2018

A Down flag flies on the terrace. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

One of Down's most famous GAA clubs could lose its pitch if plans to construct a new road are given the green light.

Newry Mitchels, who won four Down SFC titles in the 1960s and have produced All-Ireland winners such as Sean O'Neill, Kevin O'Neill, Val Kane and DJ Kane, are facing the prospect of being left without a home if the proposed route linking the main Belfast to Dublin Road with the Warrenpoint dual carriageway goes through Gerry Brown Park.

Newry SDLP councillor Michael Savage said the concerns of Newry Mitchels and local residents would have to be addressed by planners going forward.

"I fully support the need for this scheme and agree with the business case for it, but also believe that the needs and concerns of the residents of Fathom and the members of Mitchels GAC impacted by the new road must be addressed and their voices heard," he told the Irish News.

"I have received a commitment from DFI officials that they will take the time to engage fully with residents and work through the issues over the coming months and I will hold them to that." 

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