WITH JUST one club in the entire New Ross area receiving a share in €905,825 in funding for new sports projects for County Wexford, one councillor says he is ' baffled' as to why only one club is benefitting from this funding.
In the first round of sports capital funding in four years, Rosbercon United FC are to receive €25,000, which will go towards the building of new dressing rooms and showers at their base at the Rosbercon Parish grounds.
'I am baffled that only one club in all of New Ross was successful. Surely something's wrong there,' said Cllr. Michael Sheehan.
'Any investment in any club in the county is good and I am not being negative in that respect but I know the process that was involved and quite a few applications from New Ross were submitted seeking funding,' he said. ' When you look at all the groups who were successful and correlate that with where all the government TDs are based in the county, it's not just coincidental that grants were allocated in those areas.
'For one application out of the entire New Ross area to be successful is a bit baffling. I'm not taking away from the success of Rosbercon or other clubs but it is baffling to say the least,' added Cllr. Sheehan.
The Chairperson of Rosbercon United FC Brendan Grace said this funding is a much welcomed boost to the club.
An application for planning has been submitted for new dressing rooms and showers and subject to planning the funds allocated will be used towards this development.
'It's great, especially in this climate. Anything at all we can get is great,' said Brendan.
'I congratulate Rosbercon. I couldn't think of a better club who deserve this funding,' added Cllr. Sheehan.
Successful applications from County Wexford, in order from most received to least, were: St Mary's (Maudlintown) GAA Club, € 189,000; Enniscorthy Town Council, €150,000; Coolcots Gym Centre, €110,000; Kilanerin/ Ballyfad Community Development Association Ltd., €100,000; Craanford Community Field, €90,000; Kilmore GAA Club and Community Complex, €80,000; Astro Active - County Wexford Community Workshop, €45,000; Ballyhogue GAA Club, €30,000; Rosbercon Utd FC, €25,000; Glenbrien Handball Club, €20,000; Forth Celtic AFC, €13,000; FDYS Enniscorthy Community Youth Project, €12,925; Menapians Athletics Club, €10,000; Edermine Rowing Club, €8,000; Clonard Boxing Club, €8,000; Clonard Ladies Gaelic Football Club, € 6,000; FAB Family Resource Centre, € 5,000; Camolin Celtic AFC, € 2,500; Askamore Muintir na Tire Community Council Ltd., €1,400.