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Winners: Kasia Sarnicka from Cabinteely during a beach volleyball tournament on Portmarnock beach. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Winners: Kasia Sarnicka from Cabinteely during a beach volleyball tournament on Portmarnock beach. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Winners: Kasia Sarnicka from Cabinteely during a beach volleyball tournament on Portmarnock beach. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

A beach volleyball team, a sailing club and a croquet and lawn tennis club are among the projects set to benefit from a new round of sports capital funding.

Some 186 applications were submitted to the Sports Capital Programme of which 170 were successful.

Sports Minister Shane Ross announced €7m was to be handed out, with some projects receiving funding of up to €150,000.

Every county in the country made the list of successful applicants in sports ranging from Gaelic and hurling, to jiu-jitsu and sailing.

Allocations of €150,000 went to a sports centre in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, Lucan Sarsfields GAA club and Jesus and Mary College, Our Lady's Grove in Goatstown, Co Dublin.

Dublin City Council was successful in securing funding to the tune of €65,000 to develop a beach volleyball court in Clontarf, while a community group in Dublin also received €16,000 towards mountain biking activities.

Projects based in Dublin received the most allocation of funding with 25 successful applications, while Leitrim had just one with €40,000 awarded to Annaduff GAA club. In Mr Ross's constituency of Dublin Rathdown, Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis club got €20,000 for outdoor LED floodlighting, while Monkstown Boxing Club received €5,800 for new equipment.

In Junior Sports Minister Brendan Giffin's Kerry constituency, some eight projects were awarded funding, with the largest award worth €53,700 going to St Brendan's Trust for an artificial playing surface in Listowel.

Irish Independent