Limerick City sports clubs receive €370,000 in Government funding – Senator Maria Byrne (FG)

12 Limerick City clubs benefit from Sports Capital Grants

 Over €370,000 has been allocated to 12 Limerick City sports club in Government funding through the Sports Capital Grant, Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne has confirmed.

Welcoming today’s funding announcement, Senator Byrne expressed her delight that 12 successful clubs in her constituency are set to significantly benefit.

“Between them they will receive a total of €370,572,” she said. “Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.

“This important Government funding will greatly benefit sports clubs across Limerick City over the coming year.

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by Fine Gael in 2012, after it was cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It is a real lifeline for teams, clubs and organisations here in Limerick City and its environs,” added Ms Byrne.

The Fine Gael Senator and General Election candidate was speaking as the successful applications under the Sports Capital Projects (SCP) were announced by Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross.

Senator Byrne continued: “The Limerick city clubs and projects to benefit are;

  • Claughaun GAA Club for construction of an enclosed floodlit hurling wall – €62,658
  • Shannon RFC for the development of ladies dressing rooms and gymnasium – €60,101
  • Murroe Wood Park Company for the Murroe Town Park walkway and fencing – €55,621
  • Old Crescent RFC for facilities and flood light upgrade in Rosbrien – €37,976
  • St Patrick’s GAA Club for dressing rooms redevelopment in Rhebogue – €35,983
  • Ahane GAA Club for 1800 m2 astro, lights + walkway around perimeter – €34,440
  • Caherline GAA Club for nets, gate, fencing, Lighting, flood lighting – €32,150
  • Star Rovers AFC for new clubhouse refurbishment – €31,576
  • Diocese of Limerick for field refurbishment – €15,135
  • Wembley Rovers Football Club for sports facilities renovation in Rathurd – €2,543
  • Dóchas (Hope for People with Autism) for sports equipment – €1,586
  • Bergerie Trust CLG for sporting activities for senior citizens – €803.

“I know that the Limerick clubs and organisations receiving this funding today will make great use of it to the benefit of local communities.

“It is so important to encourage people to play sport. Not only is it good for their physical health but it benefits their mental health too. Supporting sports teams, clubs and organisations is also tantamount to supporting community engagement and helps to foster strong community spirit.

“Investment in sport is also a really worthwhile policy objective for Government from a health point of view. Society reaps the rewards through improved health of the population. This is more important than ever with the rise in obesity.

“Sport is such an integral part of life in Limerick, a significant tool used to break down barriers and help eradicate social exclusion and isolation. So for this reason I very much welcome today’s funding announcement.

“It is fantastic to see such a wide-range of sports in Limerick benefit from the  Sports Capital Grant from soccer, to GAA clubs to rugby and sporting activities for senior citizens and people with autism. It certainly highlights the accessibility of sport for people from all walks of life and all abilities in Limerick.

“I look forward to continued success for all of our local clubs and sporting organisations,” added Senator Byrne.

A total of €37m has been allocated to 994 different projects with 37 different sports across Ireland benefitting.  The 2018 round of the Programme saw the highest level of interest ever with 2,337 individual applications received.

Minister Ross stated. “Increasing participation in sport is the central aim of our National Sports Policy and to achieve our objectives we need to have appropriate sports facilities. The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities right across the country. The vast majority of grants are going to voluntary organisations and I want to particularly thank all of the volunteers associated with these clubs for their tireless work and their commitment to improving their facilities to benefit all members.”

Minister of State Brendan Griffin T.D., highlighted the many improvements introduced in the application process: “Everybody involved in Irish sport knows the importance of the Sports Capital Programme. We have introduced significant changes to the Programme to make the whole process as user-friendly as possible including the simplification of the application form, giving applicants an opportunity to correct applications during the assessment phase and the introduction of an appeals system for unsuccessful applicants. While it was not possible to fund all applications received, the assessment process was designed to prioritise projects that shared facilities that came from disadvantaged areas and did not receive substantial funding under the programme previously. In terms of the successful projects, the grants announced today benefit every county but there is also a huge spread of sports with 37 different sports receiving funding.”

ENDS

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