Youth plead for outdoor Armoy gym

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What do young people do in Armoy once they are too old for a play park?
That was the question posed by some of those young people in a presentation to members of Moyle District Council last Monday night.

The young people were represented by Laura McAleese and Emmet O’Hara who outlined the findings of a survey they had conducted which showed that Armoy is a very mixed community with Protestants and Catholics living side by side.

They also highlighted the fact that Armoy boasts two vibrant sporting clubs in the fields of rugby and GAA.

The young people gave examples of Armoy’s sporting heroes such as Joey Dunlop and Stephen Hunter McCooke, who with his brother Charlie, captured virtually every track and field record in Ireland.

Armoy man Stephen trained in his spare time while working on a farm and went on to compete in the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

In their survey, the young people found that 100% of those questioned agreed that an outdoor gym at the Riverside Park would be an ideal outlet for the youth of the area.

It was also proposed that the gym be named after Stephen ‘Hunter’ McCooke.

Cllr Donal Cunningham said that the Moyle Council would be happy to recommend the proposal to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council as Moyle was in its final days.

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