People urged to take part in Riverine event

Meeting to discuss the event were David McGarrigle, Charlie Breslin, Paul Gallagher, Ivan Barr, Anoop Guram, Trevor Mealiff and Nathan Stewart.

WITH the much anticipated Riverine Project mired in uncertainty, a delegation from Strabane and Lifford are embarking on one final push to get the project off the ground. 

Dubbed ‘The Rise of the Riverine’, a cross community family fun day and public march is being organised to rally the support the project critically needs.

With £8.5m funding to build a public park, open air theatre, footbridge, cycling zone and running area, independent councillor and event co-organiser Paul Gallagher stresses the stakes are high.

“This is essentially our last chance to save the Riverine project,” he said. “We are calling upon the entire community to rally their support and to show just how much a project like this means to Strabane and Lifford. There is simply too much at stake.”

According to Cllr Gallagher, the critical stumbling block with the Riverine has been a lack of community engagement, with the project falling short of the required community interest needed to proceed. 

“The project application failed on only one point which was community buy in. We have been working toward the Riverine project for over ten years, and we feel it is time to take things into our own hands and demonstrate how important this is for all members of the community.”

Another key organiser, Strabane Chamber of Commerce president Martin Gallen, explained that along with a fun day featuring music, games and family activities, a march will take place to publicly demonstrate the communities desire for the project.

“We are organising a march from both sides of the site, from the square in Strabane and the Diamond in Lifford, and we will then make our way towards the proposed site beside Dolan’s. We are calling all organisations and groups to join us on the march to show the level of support the project will have.”

Teresa Stewart from Strabane Access Youth Engagement (AYE) project said participation is essential. 

“It is vital that the people of Strabane/Lifford come out to support this day as it is the final part of an application process that must be completed in order to be successful.”

‘Rise of the Riverine’ will take place Sunday, May 13 at 2pm.

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