Kerry cast envious eye at Páirc grant

Páirc Uí Chaoimh - in receipt of Government funding

Kerry chairman Patrick O’Sullivan has welcomed the €300,000 in sports capital funding to assist the development of a centre of excellence but revealed further assistance will be sought in line with recent Government funding of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Government yesterday increased its spending on sports projects across the country with the announcement that €40.5 million in funding is to be divided between 880 clubs and organisations, a significant hike on the €31m allocated during the last round of sports capital funding in 2012.

O’Sullivan revealed the Kerry board had applied for €500,000 in funding and said they will be seeking further Government assistance to help finance their centre of excellence project.

Yesterday’s allocation will contribute to the building of a sports academy at IT Tralee, along with training pitches and ancillary services on the board’s 48-acre sit at Currans. The sports academy is set to cost €1.074m while the phased Currans development has been priced at €4.7m. To date, just over €4m has been secured.

“We are delighted with this grant,” said O’Sullivan. “We are hoping to commence the construction of our centre of excellence next month and this funding is another step along the road. We are pleased with our allocation, but when you see the amount that was recently given to Cork GAA, we will be returning to the table and looking for more.”

The IRFU received a grant of €100,000 in non-local grants while the FAI received €360,000.

Though Swim Ireland’s funding decreased by over €60,000 in comparison with their 2012 allocation, chief executive Sarah Keane said their €190,000 grant would have far-reaching effects for the sport.

“This will impact across our sport with new diving boards at the National Aquatic Centre allowing for increased participation in a growing sport and new timing equipment for our regions will allow for swimmers to experience national level competition at a regional level. Our performance swimmers will benefit within the Swim Ireland centres in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork with equipment enabling them to train to the highest level.”

The €200,000 granted to Athletics Ireland was a significant reduction on the €350,000 awarded to the association in 2012. Nonetheless, chief executive John Foley expressed delight with their allocation: “Athletes will reap the benefits of the funding allocated with significant investment secured in performance coaching and coach education,” he said.

In Cork, 85 projects have shared €4.1m. These include €125,000 for Douglas Hall soccer club, €140,000 for Ballyhea GAA club; €150,000 for Carrigaline GAA club; €141,000 for Castlehaven GAA Club; €135,000 for Harlequins Hockey Club and €110,000 for Mallow Handball Club.

Dublin’s €8m allocation was the largest for any county. Amongst the clubs to benefit were Cherry Orchard soccer club (€200,000), Clondalkin RFC (€200,000) and Kilmacud Crokes GAA (€200,000).

The top five counties to benefit were Dublin, Cork (€4.19m), Galway (€2m), Kildare (€1.73m) and Meath (€1.6m).

Full breakdown of sports grants around Ireland:

  • 102nd Kilbrittain Cork - €6,000.00
  • 25th Cork Cobh Scouts €1,300.00
  • Adrigole GAA Club €16,000.00
  • Aghada District Community Council €8,500.00
  • Ardfield F.C. €25,000.00
  • Ardfield/Rathbarry Tennis Club €30,000.00
  • Aughadown Community Council Ltd €33,000.00
  • Avondale United FC € 80,000.00
  • Ballincollig RFC € 72,000.00
  • Ballyhea GAA Club € 140,000.00
  • Ballymartle GAA € 21,000.00
  • Ballymore Cobh Little Athletics € 800.00
  • Baltimore Harbour Community Leisure Centre Ltd € 50,000.00
  • Banteer Community Sportsfield Ltd € 12,000.00
  • Bantry Blues GAA Club € 90,000.00
  • Bartlemy Parish Hall Ltd € 18,000.00
  • Bere Island Projects Group Ltd € 7,500.00
  • Bishopstown Orienteering Club € 5,000.00
  • Blackwater Sub Aqua Search & Rescue Club € 25,076.00
  • Brian Dillons Boxing Club € 20,000.00
  • Caherdrinna Soccer Club € 20,000.00
  • Carbery Rangers GAA Club € 16,000.00
  • Carrigaline GAA Club € 150,000.00
  • Carrigaline Rugby Football Club € 22,000.00
  • Castlehaven GAA Club € 141,000.00
  • Castlemagner GAA Field Development € 11,000.00
  • Charleville AFC € 80,000.00
  • Churchtown GAA € 120,000.00
  • Claycastle Pitch and Putt Club € 16,000.00
  • Cloyne Hurling & Football Club € 65,000.00
  • Cork Boat Club € 100,000.00
  • Cork Eagles PFC € 800.00
  • Cork Education and Training Board € 25,000.00
  • Cork Education and Training Board € 80,000.00
  • Cork Underwater Hockey Club € 4,000.00
  • Crookhaven Harbour Sailing Club € 32,000.00
  • Crosshaven AFC € 16,000.00
  • Delanys Rovers Football & Hurling Club € 53,000.00
  • Douglas Hall AFC € 125,000.00
  • Douglas Hurling & Football Club € 100,000.00
  • Drinagh Rangers FC € 22,000.00
  • Dripsey GAA Club € 12,000.00
  • Durrus & District Community Council € 6,500.00
  • Eire Og Hurling & Football Club € 50,000.00
  • Everton Football Club € 20,000.00
  • Eyeries Tidy Towns Committee € 20,000.00
  • Fermoy Rowing Club € 60,000.00
  • Glandore Harbour Yacht Club € 12,000.00
  • Glanmire GAA Club € 60,000.00
  • Glengarriff Sportsfield Committee € 70,000.00
  • Grenagh Parish Field Ltd € 95,000.00
  • Harlequins Hockey Club € 135,000.00
  • Kilbrittain GAA Club € 120,000.00
  • Kildorrery GAA Club € 40,000.00
  • Kilworth Celtic F.C Ltd € 120,000.00
  • KRD Community Association € 150,000.00
  • Lee Rowing Club € 60,000.00
  • Leeside AFC € 5,000.00
  • Lisgoold GAA Club € 93,000.00
  • Macroom GAA Club € 74,000.00
  • Mallow Camogie Club € 2,500.00
  • Mallow Handball Club € 110,000.00
  • Midleton Football Club Ltd € 58,000.00
  • Millstreet Community Council Ltd € 25,000.00
  • Mitchelstown Community Centre Ltd € 75,000.00
  • Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club € 100,000.00
  • Newcestown Hurlng and Football Club € 40,000.00
  • Newmarket GAA Club € 50,000.00
  • Newmarket Sports and Leisure € 15,000.00
  • Northside Boxing Club € 9,500.00
  • Old Christians RFC € 60,000.00
  • Passage West Rowing Club € 5,000.00
  • Rathcormac Scout Group € 4,000.00
  • Ringmahon Rangers AFC € 45,000.00
  • Rocklodge Pitch & Putt Club € 25,000.00
  • Shandon Boat Club € 75,000.00
  • St Colums Camogie Club € 1,900.00
  • St Finbarrs Hurling & Football Club € 65,000.00
  • St Stephens Pitch & Putt Club € 22,000.00
  • Sunnyside Amateur Boxing Clb € 9,000.00
  • Timoleague Community Association Limited € 150,000.00
  • Upper Glanmire Community Association Limited € 100,000.00
  • Whitegate Yawl Rowing & Swimming Club € 8,000.00
  • Youghal RFC € 68,000.00
  • Youghal Surf Lifesaving Club € 10,000.00


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