THE official opening of the new stable block at Omagh RDA Centre took place recently, as a part of the PEACE IV Youth Focused Shared Spaces Programme.
This programme is one of 16 projects included in the Local Action Plan for the district being administered by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and is funded under the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the Action Plan was provided by The Executive Office, Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development, Ireland.
Speaking at the launch event, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Errol Thompson stated: “Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to support this PEACE IV funded project.
“The investment has enabled Omagh Riding for the Disabled Association to not only enhance their superb facilities for the benefit of their members, but also to attract new users, thereby creating a more cohesive society through an increase in provision of shared spaces and services.
“The Council has long championed the benefits of working in partnership with key stakeholders, and welcomes the development of shared spaces that enable initiatives, which enhance the lives of our young people.
“I am looking forward to attending the launch of other projects to see at first-hand how PEACE IV funding has made a positive and lasting impact on our communities.”
Speaking of behalf of the Omagh Riding for the Disabled Association, Gwen Garrett said: “We are delighted with the investment received as a consequence of PEACE IV funding and welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to enhance our facilities through the development of a new stable block.
“This will enable an increase in activities that will strengthen our youth interaction and present young people with opportunities to gain new skills and friendships, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of other communities and cultures.”
Grateful thanks also to the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) for providing the labour force, who worked so hard on clearing and cleaning the site of the old stables, pressure washing and painting everything and acting as general handymen around the centre.
Also deserving a mention should be Trevor Torrens for erecting the new looseboxes and everyone who helped care for the horses off-site all summer, while the building work was going on.