WATCH: Patrick O'Donovan announces €1.6m sports grants for county Limerick clubs

Alan Owens

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Minister of State for Finance and Public Expenditure, Patrick O’Donovan, made the funding announcement on Twitter

Minister of State for Finance and Public Expenditure, Patrick O’Donovan, made the funding announcement on Twitter

MINISTER of State for Finance and Public Expenditure, Patrick O’Donovan, has announced that almost €1.6million in sports capital grants are to be invested in the Limerick County Constituency.

Making the announcement on Twitter this Wednesday evening, Minister O'Donovan said on his website that news of the sports grants was "fantastic for the clubs and organisations, their volunteers and the communities that they’re based in".

"Local sports organisations are constantly trying to improve their facilities and I know the difficulties that they encounter in trying to raise money. This is particularly difficult in smaller communities with small populations, so being able to deliver this money to the constituency as a Minister is important for me," he said.

"When I was Minister for Sport I reopened the Sports Capital Programme for applications because I could see the need for investment in our communities. I convinced my Government colleagues that this was needed and I’m delighted now to say that sixty different projects in our area are being funded through this programme.

He added that he understood that not every club got what they had looked for and some were unsuccessful in their efforts; however he said that Minister Brendan Griffin had awarded funds to those clubs whose applications were valid.

"This is good news for the towns, villages and parishes across Co. Limerick who will receive this funding. The funding means that construction companies across Limerick will be able to get local contracts in the community, something which I know will be a very positive thing for our rural economy."

2017 Sports Capital Programme Project Grant Awarded:
Abbeyfeale FC €38,000
Abbeyfeale RFC €33,500
Adare Recreation €55,000
Adare United €23,000
Athea AFC €10,500
Athea GAA €24,000
Aughinish Diving Club €12,000
Bally Rovers FC €6,000
Ballyhourna Development CLG €4,000
Ballylanders GAA €4,500
Blackrock GAA Club €7,000
Broadford United AFC €32,500
Bruff GAA €22,500
Caherline GAA €25,000
Cappagh GAA €9,000
Cappamore GAA €74,500
Carrickerry Sports Association Ltd €19,000
Castletown/Ballyagran GAA €49,500
Crecora Camogie Club €1,000
Crecora GAA €14,000
Croom GAA €64,500
Doon GAA €68,000
Dromin Athlacca GAA €54,000
Effin GAA €11,000
Feenagh / Kilmeedy GAA €10,000
Foynes Yacht Club €16,500
Fr. Caseys GAA €46,500
Galbally RFC €1,000
Garyspillane GAA €30,500
Granagh / Ballingarry GAA €41,000
Granagh Camogie €3,629
Holycross AFC €29,000
Hospital Handball Club €43,500
Kilfrush Crusaders FC €3,000
Killeedy GAA €68,000
Kilmallock United AFC €36,500
Kilteely Dromkeen GAA €76,000
Knockainey AFC €60,000
Knockane GAA €50,000
Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (Askeaton) €69,500
Loughill Community Council (ABHA Bhan Parish Park Ltd) €49,500
Newcastle Community Centre €18,000
Newcastle West AFC €18,500
Newcastle West GAA €80,000
Newcastle West Golf Club €8,500
Newcastle West Rovers FC €18,000
Newcastle West (MUGA) €29,000
Patrickswell Community Council €23,000
Rathkeale Boxing Club €2,000
Shanagolden Community Council €5,500
Shountrade Soccer Club €3,000
Springfield Basketball Club €1,500
St Kierans GAA (Ardagh District Recreational & Sporting Company Ltd) €7,500
St Senans GAA €40,000
St. Marys Sean Finns €11,000
Team Adare Cycling Club €3,500
West Limerick Sports Complex €18,500
Total €1,583,629