THE chairman of the culture and sport strategic policy committee has welcomed the recent announcement of grants for clubs in the city.
Cllr Michael Hourigan, Fine Gael, was speaking following the announcement that thousands of euro has been given to clubs in Limerick to develop their facilities.
Cllr Hourigan welcomed the grant of €70,000 for Na Piarsaigh GAA, as well as an undisclosed sum for Dochas, which supports people with autism.
He also said he was pleased to see Richmond RFC received some €95,000, and €38,000 for St Michael’s Rowing Club.
Cllr Hourigan said that with a grant of €70,000, Caherdavin Celtic will be able to get a new dressing room.
“We always talk about Limerick as a a sporting city. This money is substantial. It will go to building facilities, and buying equipment. You can do a lot with a very little amount of money,” he told the meeting.
Overall, some €1m in funding was announced by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring for 22 clubs across the county.
There has been criticism, because of the relatively small amount of funding given compared to previous years.
A number of sports clubs in Limerick have pointed out that a number of golf clubs have received funding, even though the sports programme is meant to benefit disadvantaged groups.