Kennedy welcomes ‘significant investment’
Thursday, 17 November 2016
ARMOY Road Races has become the second two-wheel event to receive a cash injection from Northern Ireland's Communities Minister Paul Givan. Totalling fifty five thousand pounds the money will be used by organisers of the event to cover the cost of new equipment and improve safety.
Minister Givan visited the track earlier this month to see for himself the changes that have been made and what else is in the pipeline. Just last month he wrote out a cheque to Mervyn Whyte MBE - the Race Director of the international North West 200 - to allow similar work to proceed.
It is understood the latest tranche of funding was made available with help from North Antrim MP Ian Paisley. He lobbied Minister Givan and his department officials on the issue, with his calls receiving the support of DUP colleague and former Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey.
Minister Givan admitted it was hard to ignore the popularity of Armoy Road Races amongst competitors and spectators and its importance to the economy. "It has proved a must attend event in the road racing calendar across Ireland," he said. "Without a doubt it has grown in stature since its inception in 2009 and has become one of the best National Road Races there is. I'm delighted this financial commitment will make a significant contribution to the safety of the course as well as tourism and marketing of Northern Ireland as a venue for great sporting events."
On Monday Bill Kennedy, the Clerk of the Course and Chairman of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club, said he was delighted with the support.
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