€1.3m in sports grants welcomed

Sporting clubs in Co. Roscommon will receive over €1.3 million in lottery funding after the latest announcement made on Thursday last.  Bealnamullla Sports Club will be the biggest beneficiaries as they get €175,000 while the Roscommon & District Soccer League will get €150,000. The full list of grants to Roscommon sporting organisations is as follows: Bealnamulla Sports Club €175,000; Ballaghaderreen GAA Club €160,000; Roscommon & District Football League Limited €150,000; Ballaghaderreen Community Park Co. Ltd €140,000; St. Brigid’s Sports Club €120,000; Strokestown GAA Club €120,000; St. John’s Athletic FC €100,000; Kilmore GAA Club €80,000; Tisara Community Sports Park €80,000; Roscommon Gaels GAA Club €75,000; Castlerea Celtic A.F.C €70,000; Lough Harps Football Club €70,000; St. Dominic’s GAA Club, Knockcroghery €25,000; Boyle Celtic F.C €15,000; St. Ronan’s GAA Club €15,000; Total €1,395,000.    The grants were welcomed this week by Deputy Michael Finneran, who said that the 15 clubs involved represents a broad geographical spread in the county.   Deputy Finneran said: ‘I have worked in close co-operation with the promoters and club officers of these organisations over recent months and have made ongoing representations to my colleague John O’Donoghue. ‘Sport and recreation is a high priority with the people of County Roscommon and I wish these clubs and organisations who are embarking on development every success with their projects,’ concluded Deputy Finneran.  The allocation was also welcomed by Senator Terry Leyden who emphasised the fantastic efforts of both the volunteers who are the backbone of sport and also the many thousands who play sport, at whatever level. ‘This funding would not be possible without the efforts of dedicated members of our communities who work tirelessly for the good of sport in County Roscommon. This funding will help extend and enhance this essential framework of facilities which we require for increasing participation levels and for improving standards of performance in top level sport."