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 At the new astro turf pitch in Dromore West were : Padraig Hallinan, Muredach Flynn, Mary Gordon, Blair Feeney and Sean Connolly, front row : Sean Og Connelly, Fionn Connolly, Lorcan and Cormac Feeney.

At the new astro turf pitch in Dromore West were : Padraig Hallinan, Muredach Flynn, Mary Gordon, Blair Feeney and Sean Connolly, front row : Sean Og Connelly, Fionn Connolly, Lorcan and Cormac Feeney.

At the new astro turf pitch in Dromore West were : Padraig Hallinan, Muredach Flynn, Mary Gordon, Blair Feeney and Sean Connolly, front row : Sean Og Connelly, Fionn Connolly, Lorcan and Cormac Feeney.

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There is plenty of community spirit alive in the west Sligo village of Dromore West.

That's according to Sean Sweeney, who is involved with the community centre.

Sean, who is the local undertaker, said that the area is proud of its most recent addition, an astroturf pitch.

It cost €100,000 to build and now serves numerous football clubs in the region.

He added:

"The community council got some Leader funding and the rest came from fundraising.

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"There was a duck race on the river, a talent night in Enniscrone as well as different raffles."

Clubs from Dromore West, Templeboy and Skreen use the facility, as do Dromore Villas, the local soccer club.

"It's not just football either, the local national school kids play hurling there too.

"Hurling is coming back a lot in this area."

Sean said that the Community Centre at the top of the village plays a central role for people in the region.

He added: "The Rural Transport Scheme operates there.

"The mini-bus brings elderly people from around county Sligo to the towns of Ballina and Sligo twice a week.

"If they want to go to mass on Saturdays, but have no transport, the minibus collects them.

"If there was a particular show on in Sligo, it takes them to that as well."

The centre, built in 1980, also acts as an avenue for the Family Resource Centre.

Sean said:

"It is a place that is used all the time.

"From Irish dancing, boxing, active age, maths lessons, ICA, crochet and jewellery classes, they are all taking place in the centre.

"The Rural Social Scheme and Community Employment work from there too.

"This sees local people helping out at tidying uo the village."

Recently, the McGee hall beside the church was renovated, through a grant received through Peace III.

Sean said: "The hall had been lying idle for some time.

"Now the FRC use it for computer classes."


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