LISTOWEL sports clubs received no money under the latest sports capital grants as their applications for funding under the scheme were deemed invalid, Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan said this week.
Sports clubs in Listowel were upset last week when it emerged that the town had apparently been overlooked by the Department of Sports in the latest round of funding.
Four clubs - Listowel Community Centre, Listowel Emmets, Listowel Rugby Club and Na Fianna Soccer Club - had applied for funding for various developments. However, when the list of Kerry clubs to receive funding was announced it emerged the Listowel clusb town would not get anything.
Most of the funding for Kerry - which received the lowest level of funding in the country per capita - went to sports clubs in rural north Kerry. Only two grants were awarded in the south Kerry constituency. Minister Deenihan was not happy with an article published on the front page of The Kerryman last week under the headline 'Where's Our Money Minister?' He contacted the paper the day after Budget 2013 was announced to voice his concerns over what he believed was an unfairly critical heading. "The sports capital fund is managed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is not managed by my Department, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht," Minister Deenihan stated.
He said he has been informed that the Listowel clubs will receive letters from the Department of Sport this week outlining exactly why their applications did not succeed. He understands that their applications were not complete.
"Applicants cannot be considered for funding if they do not meet the application requirements of the scheme," he said. "Like all people in Listowel I would have hoped that these projects would have been successful in their funding application."
"But to be fair to all other applicants, both in the county and across the country, applications have to be complete and meet the minimum requirements before they can be considered. I hope that these groups can be more successful next year, as each of them is providing a very important sporting and social service to the people of Listowel and the surrounding area."
The Kerryman made several attempts to contact the Department of Sport last week on the matter, but could not get through.