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Pomeroy’s ‘yellow brick road’ helping fund new centre

A NOVEL twist on the ‘yellow brick road’ from the Wizard of Oz is being adopted as part of fundraising efforts for a new Tyrone community centre.

People with connections to Pomeroy are being given the perfect opportunity to support the fundraising efforts for a new community centre currently being built in the village.

The ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign has been launched by the Cavanakeerin Community Association.

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They are inviting people from Pomeroy or who have a family connection to the village to have their names engraved on its very own ‘Pathway Home’.

It is aimed at providing a permanent link to the village and the ancient and historic townland of Cavanakeerin.

For people at home, this is being seen as a tangible way to assist in the huge effort to make a long-held dream for the community, become a reality.

Those with links to Pomeroy but living away from home will be provided with a unique ‘pathway home’ and an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

The bricks will be joined to form a symbol of the people of Pomeroy coming together across generations and different countries and help secure the health and well-being of the community for many years to come.

Each brick will cost either £250 or £1,000 and they are available for purchase at the moment.

The fundraising was boosted earlier this month by a special ‘Pomeroy Night’ being held at Rockland GAA in New York on July 12. Events were held to celebrate Pomeroy’s links across America. As well as a barbecue, the club’s U-14s played in a tournament against the Rockland U-14s.

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Work on the new community centre began last year and is advancing at a steady pace. The new centre will cater for sporting and recreation events, drama, group activities.

The aim is to also establish satellite services from health and social care, to housing, libraries and citizens advice.

Most of the £250,000 was pledged by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and its Mid-Ulster Development programme.

Funding has also been received from Mid-Ulster District Council and the Housing Executive.

Work is scheduled for completion this autumn and will share a site with planned new sports facilities at the grounds of the local Pomeroy Plunketts GAA club at their historic Plunkett Park ground.

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