FOUR NORTH Wexford projects are to benefit from grant aid to the tune of €193,900, in sports grants announced by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport this week.
Wexford has been allocated over €900,000, news that was welcomed by Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe.
The largest allocation in North Wexford was €100,000 for the Kilanerin Ballyfad Community Development Association Ltd. The sports hall is in the final stages of completion, and the grant will be used to construct an adjoining accommodation block which will contain meeting rooms, changing rooms, reception rooms and a support centre.
Senator Michael D'Arcy who sits on the committee said it was good news for the project and for the area.
He also welcomed an allocation of €90,000 for Craanford Community Field. That project will include an indoor playing area, four dressing rooms and an astroturf surface as well as meeting rooms. A spokesperson for that committee thanked Senator D'Arcy for his assistance in preparing the application, and thanked the community for its support to date.
Other recipients include Askamore Muintir na Tire Community Council Ltd which was granted €1,400, and Camolin Celtic AFC which has been allocated €2,500.
Senator D'Arcy said he was disappointed that two projects which Wexford County Council is involved in, Gorey Showgrounds and the Courtown Riverchapel Community Field project were not given allocations. 'I will be looking into seeing why they were excluded,' he said.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne was also angry that Gorey Courtown was overlooked. 'I don't begrudge any group their success, and there are many worthy projects that have received funding, but what objective criteria were used to exclude every application from Gorey/ Courtown/ Riverchapel?' he asked.
Cllr. Robert Ireton was also irate at Riverchapel's omission. 'A lot of work went in by a lot of local people and we were really relying on this money for the project to go ahead this Spring. This area needs an injection like this and it will knock back the area by another three years. We have nothing in Riverchapel,' he said.