Newry Community Support

The Unit and its functions

Newry and Mourne District Council under its Community Services Programme has major responsibility for:

  • general Community Development work, particularly in the field of recreation
  • community education, planning and neighbourhood community amenities
  • the development of both grant-aided and Council-provided Community Centres, in the latter case involving planning the centres in conjunction with local groups and other relevant statutory bodies
  • managing all Council-provided community facilities
  • advice and grant support to the voluntary and community sectors
  • development and grant support for Advice Services
  • development and funding for Community Festivals and the Council’s Major Events Programme.

Mission Statement and objectives

To provide an accessible impartial and supportive service to the Community and Voluntary Sectors of the Newry and Mourne District Council Area through a process of community empowerment and facilitation aimed at improving the quality of life of the local environs and through the following programmes:


Capital Development Programmes

Recurrent Expenditure delivery programme


Funding Advice

Major/Minor Events Programme


The Community Services Unit is located within the Department of District Development of the Council. Its business is conducted through the Council’s Community/Leisure Services Sub Committee and ratified by the full District Development Committee of the Council.


The Team is headed by the Community Services Officer:


Mr Dermot Russell

Recreation and Sports Development Officer

Newry and Mourne District Council

Haughey House

Greenbank Industrial Estate

Rampart Road


BT34 2QU


Tel: 028 30313233 Ext: 3263

Fax: 028 30313299

Mob: 07974 724190



Development Team Members

Fews/Crotlieve Areas:

Mr Paddy Duffy

Area Community Development Officer

Bessbrook Community Centre

The Pond Field

Mill Road


BT35 7BS


Tel: 028 30839666

Mob 07714855290


Slieve Gullion/Fews Areas:

Mr John Gracey

Crossmaglen Community Centre

O’Fiaich Square



BT35 9AA


Tel: 028 30861949

Fax: 028 30868758

Mob: 07730926001


Newry City/Mournes Areas:

Ms Kathleen Magee

Haughey House

Greenbank Industrial Estate


BT34 2QY


Tel: 028 30313208

Fax: 028 30313299

Mob: 07816326360

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