€475,500 in funding approved for two Clare Projects – BREEN

October 16th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has warmly welcomed the news that €475,000 in funding has been sanctioned by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government through the Clare Local Development Company in Clare for two projects. Clare Camogie Board are set to receive €181,776.49 to develop Fr McNamara Park, the new home to Clare Camogie with €300,000 provided to Corofin Hall and Field Ltd for the extension and refurbishment of Corofin Hall.

This funding is provided from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for Community and Voluntary Groups under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

“This funding is a major boost for County Clare. The development of Fr McNamara marks a lifelong dream for the Camogie Community in Clare to have their own pitch and this funding allows this dream to become a reality.”

“Works to be competed in preparation for the official opening at the end of the month include the development of the car park; fencing off the two pitches, erection of nets behind the goals; erection of a Score Board and water and sewerage works.”

“The opening of Fr McNamara Pitch by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins on Saturday, 27th October 2012 next will be a very special day for the Clare County Camogie Board, for the Camogie Clubs throughout the County and for everybody associated with promoting and developing the game down over the years and I would like to wish them well.”

“The extension and refurbishment of Corofin Hall will be a major asset to the community of Corofin and to the surrounding areas in North Clare. The Hall is used by all of the Local Community Group and neighbouring groups and regularly hosts, meetings, gatherings, & much more. This allocation of €300,000 will be spent on refurbishing the building, constructing an extension to include sports dressing room, kitchen and stores, the upgrading of mechanical heating ventilation and electrical systems, floor walls, insulation and the provision of external footpaths, ramps and access and external services connection.”

“The funding of projects for Community and Voluntary Groups is an important element of the Leader Programme, which is administered here in this County by the Clare Local Development Company. And I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their on-going support for these projects which play such an important role in revitalising our local communities.”