Sports grants a boost for clubs

by Ian Begley

OVER €750,000 has been allocated to local sports clubs in Dublin Mid-West as part of this year’s Sports Capital Programme.
Funding of €200,000 is being provided to Lucan Harriers Athletics Club for an upgrade of the track in Griffeen Valley Park. The track upgrade is expected to greatly assist in the ongoing development of Lucan Harriers as one of the premier community-based athletics clubs in Dublin Mid-West.
Lucan United FC were lucky enough to receive a windfall of €150,000, which will go towards an all-weather facility next to the clubhouse. Planning permission has already been granted by An Bord Pleanala, but includes a condition for a parking area that will help address existing parking problems.
€150,000 will go to St Patrick’s GAA club in Palmerstown for the extension at the club house, whilst Lucan Sarsfields GAA club is set to receive €29,774 to help them develop their pitch and support the ongoing development of Gaelic games in the area.
In Clondalkin, The Round Towers GAA club, got a €150,000 grant for the development of their new clubhouse, and Commercials GAA club in Rathcoole received a windfall of €66,780, which will go towards club facilities.
Bawnogue Boxing Club, who also availed of the Sports Capital Programme, were given €4,406 to support the development of their new club, and Clondalkin Cricket Club intend to use their funding of €5,584 to also support the development of their club.
Upon hearing the news of their grant money, Keith Hyland, Chairperson of Lucan United said that the €150,000 will make a huge difference to the club and community.
He said: “The grant, which will go towards funding our all-weather pitch, is absolutely brilliant and essential for the community at large. It’s the first time we received funding despite trying on numerous occasions [to avail of the Sports Capital scheme].
“A lot of hard work went into making it a reality, especially by Cllr William Lavelle (FG) and Frances Fitzgerald,” he said.
Michael Errity, chairperson of Commericals GAA club in Rathcoole, told The Gazette that the €66,780 his club will receive is greatly appreciated.
“We’re delighted to receive it and very thankful to our local representatives who did their best to raise our needs for additional facilities. The money will go towards capital development purposes and pitch development.
“We continue to attract more and more kids into our club, especially young girls. There is very little opportunity for girls around the area to get involved in sport as part of a team and there’s a huge need to cater for them as well,” he said.
Minister Frances Fitzgerald congratulated the local clubs who received grants.
She said: “I had actively supported our local clubs in their funding applications, including meeting with my colleague Minister for Sports Michael Ring.
“The facilities to be delivered or upgraded cover GAA, soccer, athletics cricket and boxing and will be of great benefit for our communities. This investment supports and rewards the great spirit of volunteerism that see hundreds of coaches every week supporting thousands of children and young people in sport.”
“I continue to work to support other sports clubs the area and to seek delivery of other community facilities through other funding programmes, including most-importantly a much-needed swimming pool for Lucan,” she said.

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