I welcome the positive news that €1,652,540 has been allocated to Clare sports clubs. In total twenty-seven County Clare sporting clubs and organisations have received funding under today’s Sports Capital Programme allocation from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

A huge number of Clare groups applied showing great enthusiasm in the Sports Capital Programme again this year. The Programme has assisted many local sporting groups develop their facilities since it’s establishment. I was in touch with my Fine Gael colleague Minister Michael Ring on behalf of Clare clubs and am very pleased so many Clare organisations have been successful.

Clubs and Organisations who have been awarded grants include:

Banner GAA Club Ennis, Bridge United AFC, Clare Co Council – AELC, Corofin GAA Club, Crusheen GAA Club, Cullaun Sailing Club Ltd., Derg AC, Eire Og Inis, Ennis Boxing Club, Ennis RFC, Ennis Triathlon Club, Ennistymon GAA, Club GoTri Racing Triathlon Club, Killaloe Ballina Tennis club, Killaloe Sailing Club, Kilmaley GAA Club, Lahinch Sportsfield Committee, Liscannor Community Sportsfield Co. Ltd, Muintir Na Tire Dysart Branch, North West Clare Family Resource Centre, O’Callaghans Mills GAA Club, Scariff GAA Park Committee, Shannon Gaels GAA Club, Shannon Leisure Centre Ltd., Tulla Athletic Club.

In addition to this, in the non-local allocation projects I am particularly pleased that both Clare Camogie received €180,792, while Clare Co Council – Active Ennis Sports & Amenity Park Lees Rd., received €200,000.

It is only right that the powerful work and immense voluntary effort made by those involved with sporting clubs and organisations be rewarded and acknowledged. They do immense work to keep rural and urban areas vibrant and must be commended for their dedication. These Sports Capital Grants will enhance rural and urban clubs with the aim of improving their potential to support increased sporting activity.

The monies will assist Clare voluntary and community organisations to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities and provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation. It encourages the use of local Clare sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.