€116,000 in Funding allocated for the development of sporting facilities in Two Clare Towns – BREEN

December 12th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade has welcomed the news that €116,000 in funding has been provided for the development of sporting facilities in two of Clare’s Towns.

The money has been provided by the Department of Sport, in equal partnership with Irish Public Bodies and Local Authorities which created a €3m fund to create and enhance sport and recreational facilities in each Local Authority area. Funding to a maximum of €58 was available for each project from the Department of Sport and IPB with Local Authorities to contribute a further of at least 29K. The total value of each project therefore is €87k.

€58,000 has been provided to develop a Sporting Complex in Kilrush with €58,000 also provided to upgrade facilities at Tim Smythe Park in Ennis.

“I am delighted that the funding for these projects has now been provided and I would like to thank the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring T.D, who I had lobbied extensively on their behalf for his support for these projects.

In the case of Kilrush the funding has been provided for the development of an artificial playing surface, floodlighting, security fencing and CCTV. While at Tim Smythe Park in Ennis, the funding is provided for the development of Dressing Rooms, Showers and Toilets.

The allocation of this Funding demonstrates the Government’s support for local initiatives which encourage more people to get active in Sport and which promote social inclusion. When the projects are completed they will be of enormous benefit to the communities in both towns. They will promote greater participation in a variety of sports, assist the local schools in the delivery of their physical education programme and encourage people of all ages to engage in physical activity as the facilities are available to all groups, clubs and individuals to enjoy.

By ensuring that local initiatives such as these are properly funded, local communities can continue to maintain sporting facilities to an acceptable standard, which is good news for the communities of Kilrush and Ennis.