Over €1 million in funding allocated to Clare’s Sporting Clubs under the Sports Capital Programme – BREEN

July 3rd, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed today’s announcement 21 clubs in Clare will benefit from this year’s Sports Capital Programme, receiving € 1,036,609.00 in total. Deputy Breen was speaking as Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced a total of €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide. This represents a 33% increase on the last round of the Sports Capital Programme and brings the total figure granted since this Government came into office to €85 million.

“The announcement of €1,035,609 in Sports Capital Programme funding for Clare really great news and the new criteria applied by Minister Ring since he came to office whereby funding is allocated on a per capita basis to each county means that County Clare’s share of the funding is up again from €730,519 to over €1 million.”

“The last Government scrapped the Sports Capital Programme. Having reinstated the Programme when we came into office, this Government is demonstrating that despite limited finances, we are determined to invest in local facilities, which are the lifeblood of communities across Ireland.

“The Government understands the importance of the work carried out by sports clubs and organisations in our communities and funding such as this helps them do this vital work. It assists clubs to build or improve their facilities and also enables them to buy much needed sports equipment. This in turn increases their capacity to cater to larger numbers of local people.

“The more people we get involved playing sport, the better for the country’s overall physical and mental health. We particularly want to encourage more young people to get involved in sport, and start the good habits of a lifetime early.

“Aside from promoting good health, sport also has a really valuable community development function. Sport brings local people together in towns and villages across the country, fostering a sense of solidarity in communities.

“Unfortunately, due to the huge demand for the Programme, not all clubs and organisations who applied were successful this year with 38% of applications deemed invalid.

“I am delighted that Clare is to benefit from this year’s Sports Capital Programme and I know that it will be of real benefit to the local people right across the county.”


Notes to editors:
· A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme.
· A total of 825 of the successful allocations go towards local sports clubs and organisations, with the remaining 55 allocated to regional or national projects.
· The allocations announced include funding for:
o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts;
o Floodlighting;
o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas;
o Security fencing and ball stop netting;
o Hurling walls / handball alleys;
o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets;
o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms;
o Non-personal sports equipment;
o Shared facilities;
o Permanently fixed outdoor gym equipment.

Details of grants allocated to Clare’s Clubs

Clare € 1,036,609.00
Avenue United FC € 18,000.00
Ballina Killaloe Sports & Community Facilities Development Co. Ltd. € 90,000.00
Bridge United AFC € 40,000.00
Clarecastle Sports Complex € 20,000.00
Kildysart GAA € 120,000.00
Kilmaley GAA Club € 118,000.00
Loughgraney Community Development Association Ltd € 45,000.00
Park Ranger AFC Limited € 7,000.00
Parteen St. Nicholas GAA Club € 90,000.00
Ruan GAA Club € 22,000.00
Shannon Athletic Club Ltd € 45,000.00
Sixmilebridge GAA Club € 80,000.00
Smith O Brien gaa club € 118,000.00
St Marys AC Clare € 22,000.00
St. Breckans GAA € 75,000.00
Tulla United AFC € 17,000.00
Whitegate GAA Club € 75,000.00