new €5 million Fund to support over 100 Sports Clubs in rural areas

  • Sports Clubs in rural communities to receive grants of up to €50,000
  • New support to upgrade Spectator Stands at local Club Grounds
  • Other successful projects include Astro-Turfs, Handball Alleys, Walking Tracks, Hurling Walls, Floodlights, Upgrades to Clubhouses and Dressing Rooms

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced almost €5 million in funding to support over 100 sports clubs in rural communities countrywide.

The funding is being provided as part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s strategic five-year rural development plan.

Announcing the successful projects, Minister Humphreys said:

“This funding is being provided as part of Our Rural Future and will see investment in important infrastructure projects at 113 local sports clubs across the country.

“This funding is targeted specifically at supporting clubs in rural communities and not surprisingly the vast majority of successful projects are from local GAA clubs. The GAA is at the heart of rural parishes across the country, instilling a strong sense of pride of place, community and belonging in young and old.

“While many of the successful projects are focused on improving playing and training facilities, I also want to improve the experience for local supporters and spectators. For this reason, I put a particular focus on the upgrade of Spectator Stands so that further seating and shelter can be provided to ensure that older people can enjoy games in comfort. Similarly, some projects focus on upgrading local clubhouses and improving access for people with disabilities and mobility issues.”

Examples of Successful Projects include:

  • Doheny GAA Club, Co Cork – Provision of Sam Maguire Spectator Stand – €50,000
  • Garryhill Handball Club, Co Carlow – Repair, resurfacing and weatherproofing of handball alley – €40,500
  • Gneeveguilla GAA, Co Kerry – Install an access lift in Clubhouse – €32,378
  • Ballinaglera GAA, Co Leitrim – Construction of walking trail around the grounds and upgrade of Spectator Stand – €38,364
  • Elphin GAA Club, Co Roscommon – Construct a new Spectator Stand – €50,000
  • Michael Cusack GAA Club, Co Clare – Surfacing of Walking Track – €50,000
  • Cuchulainn Gaels GAC, Co Louth – Construction of accessible changing rooms to include toilets and showers – €44,910
  • St Patrick’s GAA, Co Sligo – Construct extension to house new gym – €45,000
  • Multyfarnham GAA, Co Westmeath – Installation of All-Weather artificial playing surface astro turf – €50,000
  • St Brendan’s GAA, Ballygar, Co Galway – Lighting of Walkway around Community Pitches – €50,000
  • Drumgoon Éire Óg GAA, Co Cavan – Upgrade of Stand / Covered Seating Area
  • Ballylanders AFC, Co Limerick – Refurbishment of clubhouse interior – €50,000
  • Knockmore GAA, Co Mayo – Develop a community playground – €49,950
  • Ballinlough GFC, Co Meath – Install a wheelchair platform lift in community centre

The full list of 113 successful sports projects are available here.

Congratulating the successful projects, Minister Humphreys said:

“I appreciate the time and effort put in every week by local club members and volunteers to make our local communities a better place. I want to congratulate all of the clubs who have been successful in securing funding today and I look forward to seeing work get underway on these projects over the coming months.”

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