Tuesday 19 March 2019

Government announces €40.5m in funding for 900 sports clubs nationwide

Winners: Carlow, Wicklow, Meath, Clare, Wexford and Laois

Michael Ring
Michael Ring
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The Government has pumped up its spending on sports projects across the country with the announcement of a €40.5m fund to be divvied up between 880 clubs and organisations.

It is the first round of sports capital funding since 2012 when €31m was allocated to sporting bodies.

The big winners in today’s announcement by Junior Minister for Sport Michael Ring were Carlow, Wicklow, Meath, Clare, Wexford and Laois, where projects received more funding per head of population than elsewhere in the country.

The biggest losers were Kerry, Sligo and Donegal, who came out bottom of the pile in terms of funding per head of population.

These counties had historically done well from previous sports funding administered by the Government.

Just over €8m of the cash will go to projects in Dublin, some €1.1m less than had been budgeted for.

Not enough successful grant applications were made in Dublin to fill the budget and the €1.1m left over was dispersed among other counties.

GAA, soccer, tennis and boxing clubs garnered the most grants, but there was also money for minority sports such as American football, billiards, fencing, orienteering, tug of war and racquetball.

Mr Ring emphasised at the announcement that his home county of Mayo had not benefited disproportionately from the grants scheme.

See which local clubs benefited in your county by clicking here

Click here to see the non-local sporting clubs and organisations received funding.

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