Clubs to benefit from nearly €1m in grants

by Gazette Reporter
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CLOSE to €1m in funding has been granted to sports clubs in North Fingal as part of the €40.5m Sports Capital Fund announced recently by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
According to Deputy Alan Farrell (FG): “This announcement will provide a terrific boost to sports clubs throughout the north county and it will prove to be very significant for our local economy. Over 2,000 applications were made to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for sports capital funding and the fact that 24 clubs in Dublin Fingal were successful in their bids highlights the tremendous quality of these clubs and of sport in general throughout the constituency.
“As a result of this, the number of opportunities available for children to learn about different sports and to excel in the sport of their choice will grow significantly.
“It is important to remember that many clubs and societies were unsuccessful in their bid for funding, I offer my commiserations to them and I urge them to consider reapplying in the future.”
Fingallians received €124,950 in funding while Fingal Ravens received €94,583.
Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) said: “In my own area of Donabate and Swords, it looks like a lot of clubs have done very well. I think there’s a fairly scientific method behind how the awards are given. Fingallians and Fingal Ravens in Swords did very well.
“A lot of clubs did very well, but equally there were other clubs that were unsuccessful; a day of such joy for some clubs can be disappointment for others. The key with sport is participation and volunteers. They’re the two aspects of any club that keeps it going.”
Sporting groups in Howth have been awarded more than €160,000 under the scheme, with Howth Celtic Football Club receiving €53,000; Howth Yacht Club, €77,000; and Howth Sailing Club, €33,000.
Cllr Keith Redmond (FG) welcomed this: “I’m delighted to see the hard work of local sports groups rewarded. This Government reinstated capital sports grants after the last government abolished them.
“Even in these difficult financial times, the Government has recognised the importance to individual health and community morale that these groups foster.”
Cllr Brian McDonagh (Lab) said: “I was delighted to hear of the success of many local groups in Howth-Malahide in gaining funds from the grant programme. I was particularly pleased to see the Scout and Guide Den in Portmarnock get funding of €200,000 and the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre get funding of €185,664.
“The scouts and guides have been looking for a facility since I was a child over 30 years ago. I know the committee put really hard work into the application and in ensuring they had the correct structures in place to gain access to the funds.”

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