Clare Camogie, Lahinch Sportsfield, O’Callaghans Mills GAA Club, Cullaun Sailing Club, Active Ennis Lees Road, Bridge United AFC, Banner GAA Club and Tulla Athletic Club are among the main recipients of funding under the Sports Capital Programme 2015, details of which were announced today.
25 sports groups and organisations across Clare will benefit from grants ranging from €200,000 to €1,200, according to the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
Clare funding recipients include:
Clare County Council – Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park Lees Road (€200,000)
Clare Camogie (€180,792)
O’Callaghan’s Mills GAA Club (€114,000)
Bridge United AFC €110,000
Tulla Athletic Club €110,000
Lahinch Sportsfield Committee €106,000
Ennistymon GAA Club €106,000
Scariff GAA Park Committee €105,000
Cullaun Sailing Club Ltd €105,000
Clare Co Council – Active Ennis Leisure Complex €100,000
Banner GAA Club Ennis €85,000
Shannon Gaels GAA Club €62,000
Shannon Leisure Centre Ltd €56,000
Corofin GAA Club €50,000
Muintir Na Tire Dysart Branch €40,000
Liscannor Community Sportsfield Co. Ltd €27,000
Crusheen G.A.A. Club €22,548
Eire Og Inis €15,000
Ennis RFC €11,000
Ennis Triathlon Club €10,000
Derg AC €10,000
Ennis Boxing Club €8,000
GoTri Racing Triathlon Club €7,000
Kilmaley GAA Club €5,000
Killaloe Sailing Club €4,000
Killaloe Ballina Tennis club €2,000
North West Clare Family Resource Centre €1,200
Clare GAA chairman and election candidate Michael McDonagh has welcomed the announcement but bemoaned the lack of funding allocated to West Clare projects.
“An investment in sports is an investment in the physical and mental well being of the population which is obviously something I feel very strongly about through my own involvement in the GAA. I am disappointed however to note that West Clare has been left behind again.
“I have spoken this morning to several concerned individuals in West Clare, and while it seems nothing can be done as regards additions to this round of funding, if elected I will fight tooth and nail for the people of Clare for additional funding across the county,” he said.
Welcoming the news, Clare TD Pat Breen said: “The economic recovery allowed this Government to re-instate the Sports Capital Programme, after it was closed by Fianna Fáil during the recession. We understand the importance of sport to communities around the country and the imperative to fund it. Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road. According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport.”
“Fine Gael is keenly aware of the impact the economic downturn has had on communities throughout Ireland and we are working to ensure that the economic recovery spreads to all parts of Ireland. This Government is committed to supporting local communities, with actions and funding like these Sports Capital grants,” he added.
Welcoming the news, Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy said: “Prior to being withdrawn by the Fianna Fáil Government in 2009, this vitally important community funding scheme played a major role in the development of sport in County Clare by allocating funding towards the provision of sports facilities and, in doing so, thereby assisting the fantastic efforts of both the volunteers who are the backbone of sport and also the many thousands who play sport, at whatever level.”
Senator Mulcahy noted that the wide range and number of local organisations that have this year received funding reflects the passion and commitment of people in Clare to promoting recreational and sports activities.
“This Programme features a strong emphasis on local projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Under the scheme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built,” he said.
Chairman of Clare Camogie Joe Robbins welcomed the news of the funding saying, “ This is fantastic news for all involved in Clare Camogie & I would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge all those who helped us get this funding. Its been a long road to get to this point, and these funds mean that we can now continue the works started at Fr McNamara Camogie Field, the dressing rooms , carpark and thus complete the home of Clare Camogie”
PRO of Clare Camogie Brid MacNamara paid tribute to the Board officers and individuals who have left no stone unturned in their efforts to secure this much needed funding, saying “Not a week has gone by that there hasn’t been work done behind the scenes, numerous calls and meetings have taken place and the efforts of these individuals have been realised with the news of the Sports Capital Funding. This is a massive boost to us all and will most certainly set us on the road to completing our own Camogie grounds”.