North Cork Independent Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the announcement of funding to Sporting Groups throughout North Cork under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.
Clubs and organisations that have been allocated funding by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the guidance of Senior Minister Shane Ross and Junior Minister Brendan Griffin. The clubs and organisations to benefit this year include:
Ballyclough GAA – €14,500
Ballydesmond GAA – €18,000
Banteer Community Sportsfield – €50,000
Boherbue Community Sport Centre – €18,000
Buttevant AFC – €47,000
Castlemagner GAA – €27,000
Charleville Boxing Club – €2,000
Charleville (Rathluirc) GAA Club – €63,000
Charleville Golf Club – €46,000
Cork County Council (Bathview Amenity Area, Mallow) – €69,000
Donoughmore Community Centre – €38,500
Donoughmore Hurling & Football Club – €13,500
Dromahane Tennis Club – €5,000
Dromtariffe GAA Club – €58,000
Freemount Community Development – €23,000
Freemount GAA Club – €12,500
Kanturk AFC – €24,500
Kanturk Boxing Club – €7,000
Kanturk GAA Club – €67,500
Kanturk RFC – €75,000
Kanturk Tennis Club – €18,000
Kilbrin Community Council – €16,500
Kilbrin GAA Club – €59,500
Knocknagree GAA Club – €10,000
Liscarroll Handball Club – €68,920
Lombardstown Tennis Club – €26,000
Mallow Golf & Tennis Club – €70,000
Mallow RFC – €1,000
Mallow Search & Rescue – €32,000
Mallow Triathlon Club – €3,000
Meelin GAA Club – €22,000
Milford GAA – €22,000
Mourneabbey Community Council – €5,500
Rylane Boxing Club – €9,000
The Sports Capital Programme is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications in February and a record number of 2,320 applications were received.
“This is a great day for Irish sport,” Minister Ross said.
“When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed. Happily, following the conclusion of our budget discussions, I was delighted that we secured the required additional resources to enable us to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country.
“The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance t over 1,700 different projects all over the country. The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, both for physical and mental health, and these new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible. The grants are also excellent news our communities, both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion,” Minister Ross said.
A further €4m has been set aside for regional grants (with maximum grants of up to €200,000) and these allocations are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
North Cork Independent Councillor John Paul O’ Shea highlighted the importance of the Sports Capital Programme for clubs in North Cork. “The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sport and recreation facilities and it has transformed the sporting landscape of Ireland with improvements in the quality and quantity of sporting facilities in virtually every village, town and city in the country,” he said.
Cllr. O’ Shea continued “I want to congratulate all those successful today and wish them well in the coming weeks and months as they undergo these new funded developments”.