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Monaghan cross-community sports complex named

Athletics track (generic)
Image caption The facilities will include a multi purpose sports pitch and a 400m athletics track

A new cross-community sports complex close to the Irish border will be called the Peace Link.

The project was supported with 7.8m euro (£6.7m) worth of funding from the European Union's Peace III programme.

The 14-acre in Clones, in County Monaghan, in the Irish Republic, will be designed to host major competitions of all sporting traditions.

The multi-purpose sports pitch, full-size athletics track and field area are due to open in May 2014.

Lorraine McCourt, director with the Special EU Programmes Body, said the high level of EU assistance reflected their belief of the potential to make a long-lasting contribution towards peace and reconciliation.

"Peace Link is a great name and effectively articulates our hopes of what the project will ultimately deliver," she said.

"I look forward to seeing the project develop further as it moves through its construction phase and would like to take this opportunity to applaud the efforts of all those involved to date."

The project is being delivered by the Clones Erne East Sports Partnership (CEESP) committee, led and supported by Monaghan County Council.

Declan Mc Kernan, CEESP chairman, said: "The name Peace Link is symbolic in demonstrating the ethos and spirit of the facility in linking cross-communities and cross-border participation through the conduit of sport in the Erne East region and beyond".