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Cllr. O’ Shea Welcomes Announcement of Sports Capital Grants for North Cork

Cllr. O’ Shea Welcomes Announcement of Sports Capital Grants for North Cork

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”.