Over €3.5m awarded to Fingal sports clubs

by Rose Barrett
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Last Friday saw the announcement that forty sports clubs in Fingal will receive a combined total of over €3.5m via the Sports Capital Programme for 2022, writes Rose Barrett.

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, TD, noted this was “the highest level of funding ever provided for any round of the programme. As well as the major field sports, funding is being provided to tennis clubs, cricket, boxing, kayaking, wheelchair sports and martial arts to name just some.”. 

Among those who were awarded €150,000 or close to it were St Ita’s AFC, St Maur’s GAA, St Patrick’s GAA, Naomh Mearnóg’s and O’Dwyer’s GAA clubs, FCC Donabate Portrane Community Centre, FCC Balbriggan Cricket Club, Fingallians GAA, Skerries GC and Skerries Harps. RiverValley Scouts in Swords received €140,000 with Rush Sailing Club awarded €139, 236 and Rush GC, €121,722.

Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the funds for Fingal clubs, saying: “Sport is a cornerstone of communities all over Fingal and plays an invaluable part in the development of our young people and our communities. This funding will ensure that these clubs continue to grow and help more people in the years ahead.”

This year saw an adjustment in the programme application process with a greater emphasis on clubs which increased female participation, along with persons with disabilities. Other successful Fingal applications include:

Balbriggan Golf Club€64,026
Balbriggan RFC€120,000
Ballyboughal Boxing Club€50,000
Ballyboughal GFC€107,013
Clann Mhuire GFC€103,001
Donabate Golf Club€82,586
FCC Balrothery Tennis Club€78,456
FCC Glebe North & Hyde Park FC€11,675
Fingal Ravens G.F.C.€137,344
Forrest Little Golf Club€92,850
Loughshinny United A.F.C€14,846
Malahide Community School€29,784
Malahide Rugby Football Club€112,253
Malahide United Association FC€19,737
Naomh Maighreide St Margaret’s GAA€22,712
North County Cricket Club€48,804
Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Club€64,589
Portrane Hockey Club€7,850
Round Towers Lusk GAA€101,237
Rush Cricket Club€47,778
Skerries Rugby Football Club€28,197
Skerries Town FC€91,987
St Finians GAA€14,875
St Sylvester’s GAA€102,153
Swords Cricket Club€48,046
Swords Manor Football Club€20,599
The Hills Cricket Club€22,743

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