Sports clubs get over €700,000
HOLY FAMILY BC AWARDED €115,000
LOUTH SPORTS clubs and associations have been allocated over €700,000 under a government capital grants scheme, with Holy Family Boxing Club in Dundalk receiving €115,000.
Fine Gael Minister Fergus O'Dowd welcomed the county's allocation of €731,235, which was the first round of sports captial funding in four years.
Other Louth sports clubs that received significant sums include Kilkerley Emmets GFC (€80,000), O'Connell's GFC (€25,000), Sean McDermotts GFC (€20,000) and Dundalk Cricket Club, who were awarded €13,000.
In Mid-Louth, Dunleer Athletic Club will receive €120,000 in partnership with Louth VEC, Mattock Rangers will receive €57,000, Lannleire GFC will receive €13,000, while Athletics Louth have been allocated €9,000.
Minister O'Dowd said, 'I am delighted for local clubs and associations that have benefitted from the first round of sports capital funding for four years.
' The Sports Capital programme is the main channel of government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.
' This scheme was open to far more clubs and groups than in the past because the strict requirement on land ownership has been relaxed.
'Clubs or groups who do not own their own land were able to apply for grants up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.
'More than 2,000 clubs applied and funding was granted to 600 of them.
' This new Sports Capital scheme will have a stronger focus on projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas'.
The full list for Louth is: Ardee Celtic FC €17,000, Ardee Sports Project c/o Irish Wheelchair Association €16,500, Athletics Louth €9,000, Blackrock Athletics Club €20,935, Blackrock Park Committee and Blackrock Playground Club €9,500, Boyne RFC €25,000, Co Louth VEC with Dunleer AC €120,000, Dealgan Amateur Boxing Club €20,000, Drogheda Amateur Boxing Club €7,000, Drogheda Borough Council €14,000, Dundalk Cricket Club €13,000, Holy Family Boxing Club Dundalk €115,000, Kilkerley Emmets GFC €80,000, Lannleire GFC €13,000, Louth Local Sports Partnership, €5,000, Mattock Rangers CLG €57,000, Newtown Blues GFC €80,000, O'Connell's GFC €25,000, O'Raghaillaigh's CLG €55,300, Sean McDermott's GFC €20,000, St Paul's Table Tennis Club €2,500, SNAP Special Needs Active Parents €6,500.