A TOTAL of 15 sporting clubs and organisations from across North and Mid- Cork region are to share in a €843,000 windfall under the 2012 Sports Capital Funding initiative.
The government this week announced that 615 sporting projects across the country will benefit to the tune of €26 million under the project, the first round of sports capital funding since 2008.
The funding is intended to be used by clubs to develop their facilities through capital investment in projects such as the construction of new grass and artificial pitches, drainage, floodlighting, building and refurbishing dressing rooms, news sports halls and gyms and non-personal sports equipment.
Cork was second only to Dublin in the amount distributed to each county under the latest round of funding, receiving a total of €3,088,230 or €5.95 per head of population.
The funding is being spread around a variety of sporting codes and organisations, with the GAA in Cork faring particularly well.
Mallow Rugby Club will also benefit to the tune of €80,000 under the initiatives, much to the delight of club honorary secretary Benny Henry.
"This is wonderful news for the club. Over the past seven years we have been somewhat victims of our own success, particularly the growth within the juvenile club. As we only have one pitch, this does present certain logistical problems," said Mr Henry.
"We do have a development programme in place with two specific projects in mind. These will incorporate developments such as a new pitch and the upgrading of current facilities. We are delighted with this funding, which will go a long way to helping us over a huge period of transition for the club," he added.
The funding has been welcomed by local public representatives including Deputy Tom Barry (FG) and Cllr John Paul O'Shea (Ind).
"Each of the groups involved are to be highly commended for their dedication and the time they put in to securing vital funding to improve their facilities," said Deputy Barry.