€258,000 has been allocated to nine local sporting organisations in Roscommon & East Galway. The grants were announced by Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The grants represent the first set of allocations under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Grant. The following Roscommon applications in this round have been successful: Cam Community & Sports Centre Ltd. has been approved €34,900 for refurbishment of playing facility; Castlerea St Kevin’s GAA Club has been approved €53,800 for dressing rooms, showers and toilets; Eire Og GAA Club were granted €13,800 for flood lights and ball stop nets on the training pitch; Kilbride GAA Club has been approved €40,100 for a gym; Lough Harps FC has been approved €9,400 for drainage and resurfacing of playing pitch; St. Coman’s Handball Club were granted €5,800 for refurbishment of handball alley; St. Michael’s GAA Club were approved €27,500 for the development of the training pitch.
Deputy Denis Naughten said: “With sports clubs making a massive commitment from their own resources, this investment by Government will assist the clubs in completing projects, as well as having a direct and indirect employment spin-off effect within the communities which these clubs serve”.
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice welcomed the announcement and said he wishes to assure others that further allocations would be distributed to 2018 applicants in the future.
Senator Maura Hopkins said: “Our sports clubs and organisations do great work in promoting physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles”.
Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said: “The Sports Capital Programme represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise”.