Kilkenny sports clubs and organisations have celebrated an early Christmas present after allocations for the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme were announced.
Some 51 local organisations were included in the national sporting windfall of €56 million, the details of which were announced by Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.
The SCP is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications on February 24. By that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received.
Among the biggest winners in the county were Dunnamaggin GAA Club, who received €90,000 for the development of the facilities at Kilmoganny and Young Irelands (Gowran) who got €75,000 to continue upgrades at their new clubgrounds. The coffers at the Kilmacow Sports Complex will also be boosted to the tune of €66,000 – a welcome helping hand – while Freebooters’ plans to build an Astro-Turf pitch at the Fair Green will be helped by a grant of €54,500.
“This is a great day for Irish sport, said Minister Ross. “When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed.
“Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country,” he added. “The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1700 different projects all over the country.
“The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental health,” the Minister added. “These new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible.
“The grants are also excellent news for our communities both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion.”
The full list of Kilkenny recipients is:
Berkeley Basketball Club - Scoreboard purchase (€2,000)
Bridge United FC - Garden Tractor, Goal posts, Defibrillator, Marker (€5,000)
Callan Boxing Club - Boxing Club Equipment (€7,000)
Callan Golf Club - Machinery Replacement (€14,500)
Callan United FC - Club Rooms and Equipment Upgrade (€2,500)
Castlecomer Golf Club - Replace Damaged Rough Mower (€16,500)
Clara GAA Club - Improvement of GAA grounds to increase/enhance use (€22,000)
Danesfort GAA Club - Club Pavilion/training facilities (€50,000)
Deen Celtic AFC - Artificial Playing Surface (€63,000)
Deenside Wheelers Cycling Club – (€3,500)
Dicksboro GAA Club - Pitch Drainage & Improvements to Hurling Wall Area (€51,000)
Dunnamaggin GAA Club - Kilmoganny Pitch & Changing Rooms Development (€90,000)
East End United - Security fencing (€3,000)
Evergreen FC - Floodlighting and security perimeter fencing (€29,000)
Fort Rangers FC - Facilities Development Plan (€7,000)
Freebooters AFC - Astro turf pitch (€54,500)
Goresbridge Community Park Development Committee - Lawn mower/goalpost/storage shed/net stopper (€2,500)
Gowran Pitch and Putt Club – New Pitch and Putt Maintenance Equipment (€8,000)
Graignamanagh Canoe Club - Sports equipment (€5,500)
Graignamanagh GAA Club - Sports Capital Grant 2017 (€38,500)
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club/St Brigid's Camogie - (€6,500)
Graiguenamanagh Boat Club - Rowing Boats, rowing equipment and oars (€28,000)
John Lockes GAA Club - Facility Development (€25,000)
Kilfane Handball Club – (€62,000)
Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club - Special Olympics Kayak Training Equipment (€3,000)
Kilkenny Golf Club - Develop Existing Course & Practice Facilities (€41,879)
Kilkenny Lawn Tennis Club - Upgrade of Facilities (€28,500)
Kilkenny Local Authorities Leisure Complex - Purchase of New/Additional Equipment (€45,500)
Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership - Purchase of Inclusive Sports Equipment (€10,500)
Kilkenny Swimming Club - Competition Equipment Improvement (€8,000)
Kilkenny Triathlon Club – (€3,000)
Kilmacow Community Sports Complex Limited - Development of Sports Complex (€66,000)
Lacken Pitch and Putt Club – Upgrade of Club (€4,500)
Lisdowney GAA Club - Erection of Two Ball Stopping Nets (€5,000)
Mooncoin GAA Club - Development of an Outdoor Astro Turf Facility (€50,000)
Nore Dragon Paddlers Equipment - Dragon Boat (€3,500)
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club - Install ballstop netting and security fencing (€14,500)
Paulstown Boxing Club - Equipment Update (€2,500)
Piltown AFC - Extension to the existing clubhouse building (€49,000)
Piltown GAA Club - Astro turf training facility with security fence (€42,000)
Spa United - Sportsfield Facility Upgrade (€11,000)
Spraoi Gymnastics Club - Gymnastics Equipment (€4,000)
St Lachtain’s GAA Club - Replacing and Upgrading of GAA Facilities (€47,000)
St Patrick’s Boxing Club - Training Boxing Ring and Equipment (€5,500)
St Patrick’s Centre (Kilkenny) - Purchase of Aquatic and Disability Aids (€5,000)
Thomastown Community Centre - Replacement of roof and side panels on Sports Hall (€37,000)
Thomastown Community River Trust - River Amenity development (€9,000)
Thomastown GAA Club - Facility Development (€16,500)
Thomastown United AFC - Maintenance Machinery and Facilities Upgrade (€20,000)
Waterford Golf Club - Golf Academy including covered driving range & mower (€47,000)
Young Irelands GAA Club - Sports hall, floodlighting, walkway, storage shed (€75,000)
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