Local politicians have welcomed the recent announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys that grant funding of €350,000 has been allocated to a number of sports/community clubs in County Roscommon.
The funding is being provided as part of the CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) programme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and forms part of the Government’s ambitious new five-year policy for rural Ireland, Our Rural Future. This funding is part of Measure 1 under CLÁR for community and sports clubs; Measures 2 and 3 for services in the community under transport or emergency are still under review.
Seven clubs across County Roscommon have each been allocated funding of €50,000, namely Boyle Celtic Football Club (for construction of a spectator stand), Tremane Hurling Club (for installation of artificial grass carpet with underlay of shock pads), Kilglass Community and GAA Centre (for new eco-friendly car park including wheelchair accessibility areas, a bike rack, and green spaces), St Joseph’s GAA Club in Kilteevan (for renovation of grounds at GAA park), Kilbride GAA (for resurfacing car park providing drainage, lighting, and wiring for car charging ports), Elphin GAA Club (for construction of a new spectator stand), and Castlerea St Kevin’s GAA (for car park works and lighting of the area).
Local Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy welcomed the announcement, saying, “It is fantastic to see the time and effort put in every week by club members and volunteers in our communities being rewarded with this new funding.
“I want to thank every club member and volunteer for everything they do in making our communities a better place. Investing in Our Rural Future is a key priority of Fianna Fáil in Government and we want to ensure that local sports clubs, that are at the heart of pride of place, community and belonging, are supported”.
Local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan also welcomed the news, stating, “This funding will be such a boost for players, coaching teams, committees and volunteers. Well done to the volunteers who made the applications.
“I also want to acknowledge the Roscommon County Council team and councillors, including Boyle MD Cllr Liam Callaghan. Each group won the maximum amount, which shows the merit of each of these projects.
“There is such a demand to upgrade pitches around the country and it shows the importance of sport at a local level. All of these developments in sports clubs will make a huge difference to players and spectators, making it more comfortable and accessible for people at matches and to encourage more people to come out to watch a game and be part of the experience of supporting the team!
“I want to thank Minister Humphreys for this new initiative through the CLÁR programme which will bring investment and have a major impact for communities. It shows the level of investment, over €60 million in the last six years, that is coming into rural regeneration, including community centres, playgrounds, walking tracks, amenities and sports clubs, making County Roscommon the place to live for families, both young and old”, concluded Senator Dolan.