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Thursday 18 October 2018

Greystones club bowled over by €13,500 grant

Lailli de Buitlear and Liam Lynch (front) with Seamus Eager, Jo Deithrick, Ann Barry, Carmel Morrissey, John Conroy and Elizabeth Eager at Greystones Lawn Bowling Club.
Lailli de Buitlear and Liam Lynch (front) with Seamus Eager, Jo Deithrick, Ann Barry, Carmel Morrissey, John Conroy and Elizabeth Eager at Greystones Lawn Bowling Club.

Mary Fogarty

Greystones Lawn Bowling Club will carry out a major renovation to its dressing rooms with the help of a National Lottery grant of €13,500.

Club secretary Elizabeth Eager said that the renovations will coincide with a drive by the club to attract younger people into a sport that is traditionally associated with the older population.

'We are in the process of drawing down a National Lottery grant of €13,500 which we will use to replace our dilapidated dressing rooms here in Greystones,' said Elizabeth. 'It's an exciting time for the club as also we plan to start visiting schools in a bid to bring the age profile of our membership down.'Founded in 1985, the 60-member club provides not just a sporting outlet for members, who live in Greystones and the surrounding area, but an active social scene too. 'There are leagues on throughout the week so there's always a buzz here. Often after the women play in their league, for example, they'll go for a meal and it's a relaxing setting where the cares of the day can be put to the side,' said Elizabeth.

'There's nowhere better to be on a nice day than on the lawn looking at the beauty all around us. The club is very important in the lives of so many and any support we can get to keep going is so very gratefully received. With our new facilities we can look to the future with real positivity.'

This funding is a portion of €6.2 million in National Lottery Good Causes funding with went to clubs, individuals and organisations in Wicklow last year.

Greystones Lawn Bowling Club received a grant of over €5,000 in 2015 which enabled the club to buy a mower which helps to keep its pristine greens in great shape all year round. Their bowling greens are regarded as among the finest in the country.

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