ENNISCORTHY Town Council was among the biggest beneficiaries of sports funding made available to projects by Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
€150,000 of the €905,825 made available countywide was granted to Enniscorthy Town Council in order to fund a new athletics track at Cherry Orchard, in what is the first round of sports capital funding in four years.
The announcement was greeted with celebration by TD Paul Kehoe, who said: 'I am delighted with today's announcement by Minister Ring. It has been four years since the last round of funding and many sports projects across County Wexford have been desperately short of funds in this tough economic climate. I am particularly pleased that €150,000 in funding has been made available for the development of a new athletics track at Cherry Orchard in Enniscorthy, which will be huge boost for everyone involved in athletics in County Wexford.'
Enniscorthy Town Clerk, Padraig O'Gorman says that everyone involved is now looking forward to getting the athletic track up and running. 'We're delighted to have received the funding,' he said. 'It really is a good news story. We've procured the 7 acre site at Cherry Orchard in conjunction with Wexford County Council, the tendering process is done and we're hoping to make a start on it in the New Year and hopefully have it ready for next summer.'
' The whole thing will cost about €350,000 in total, so the funding received will go a long way towards making a start. The facilities will consist of a full length, six-lane, all-weather track with a pitch in the middle. I understand that when it's done it will be the first full size track in the county, so we can't wait to get it up and running.'
St Mary's of Maudlintown GAA Club in Wexford received the most money, with a total of €189,000 to aid in the construction of their new facilities.
Other sports projects which received funding include: Astro Active - County Wexford Community Workshop Enniscorthy €45,000; Edermine Ferry Rowing Club € 8,000; FDYS Enniscorthy Community Youth Project €12,925; Glenbrien Handball Club €20,000; Askamore Muintir na Tire Community Council € 1,400; Ballyhogue GAA Club €30,000; Camolin Celtic AFC € 2,500; Clonard Boxing Club € 8,000; Clonard Ladies Gaelic Football Club €6,000; Coolcotts Gym Centre €110,000; Craanford Community Field €90,000; FAB Community and Family Resource Centre €5,000; Forth Celtic AFC €13,000; Kilanerin-Ballyfad Community Development Association €100,000; Kilmore GAA Club and Community Complex €80,000; Menapians Athletic Club €10,000; Rosbercon United FC €25,000.