Almost €1 million in funding on the way to Offaly sports clubs
Offaly sports clubs are set to receive €984,496 in funding from the Sports Capital Grants, it was announced yesterday by Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The funding will help with maintenance and upgrade works, furthering the ability of these clubs to deliver high quality sports facilities and activity to towns and villages across Offaly.
The single biggest award was given to Edenderry GAA which received €102,000. The second largest injection also went to Edenderry with St. Brigid's Boxing Club receiving €91,500.
There were also substantial funding amounts awarded to Birr Golf Club, Ballinamere GAA Club, Cappincur GAA and the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue.
"Hard work and dreams can become a reality. Our plans to turn our gym into a state of art boxing school of excellence is a step closer," coach at St. Brigid's Boxing Club, Liam Brereton said.
The Offaly TDs have been welcoming the news with Barry Cowen saying he was "delighted to have worked closely with many of these clubs/groups."
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said: “I am delighted to see this much-needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs."
Edenderry Councillor Noel Cribbin said: "This is a huge boost to the clubs involved and I congratulate them and their hard working committees."
Here is a full list of the clubs receiving funding and the amounts they will obtain:
Arderin Riding Club - €2,500
Ballinamere GAA Club - €90,500
Ballyfore GAA - €12,000
Birr Athletic Club - €5,000
Birr GAA Club - €18,000
Birr golf club - €50,500
Birr Rugby Football Club - €2,000
Bracknagh GAA Club - €40,000
Cappincur Gaa - €46,500
Clara & District Recreation Association - €800
Clara Boxing Club - €2,500
Crinkle Sports and Recreation Centre - €19,000
Daingean GAA - €35,500
Derry Rovers AFRC - €21,000
Drumcullen GAA Club - €45,000
Durrow GAA - €37,500
Eden Pitch & Putt - €30,000
Edenderry AC Seniors - €6,706
Edenderry GAA - €102,000
Gracefield GAA - €23,000
Irish Parachute Club Limited - €50,000
Killeigh School Boys/Girls Soccer Club - €2,000
Killina Presentation Secondary School - €38,500
Moneygall Football Club Limited - €27,000
Mucklagh Community Development Company - €8,500
Mucklagh Schoolboys/girls Soccer Club - €6,000
Offaly County Council - €1,600
Offaly County Council - €1,500
Rhode GAA - €43,000
Seir Kieran GAA Club - €15,500
St Bridget's Boxing Club - €91,500
St James Football Club - €600
St Joseph's Boxing Club - €5,000
St Joseph's Hall Sports Committee - €11,000
St Mary's Boxing Club Daingean - €5,500
St Mary's Youth & Community Centre - €11,000
St Vincent’s Juvenile Gaelic Football Club €6,000
Offaly Tullamore Basketball Club Non-personal sports equipment for training & games €3,000
Offaly Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club Portable Chip Timing System €4,000
Offaly Tullamore Pitch and Putt Club upgrading of existing on course steps and tee bx €9,000
Offaly Tullamore Rugby Football Club Building Upgrade - Tullamore Rugby Football Club €8,000
Offaly Tullamore Tennis Club Tullamore Tennis Club courts refurbishment €21,000
Offaly Tullamore Town Football Club Replacement Of All-Weather Goalposts €5,200
Offaly Walsh Island GAA Club Extension to hall and equipment purchase €20,000.”