€1.6 million funding for Limerick sports clubs

Athlunkard Boat Club is one of Limerick clubs to benefit from the latest round of sports funding

LIMERICK is to receive €1.6 million under the Sports Capital Programme to invest in local clubs and organisations, boosting sport and construction jobs.

Among the clubs that will receive funding are Abbeyfeale Rugby Football Club, allocated €33,500 for a new grass pitch development; Athlunkard Boat Club will receive €27,000 for a dressing room refurbishment and boat purchase and Rathkeale Boxing Club have been allocated €2,000 for rubber inter-locking matting to cover floor space.

“Local sports organisations are constantly trying to improve their facilities and I know the difficulties that they encounter in trying to raise money,” said Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan.

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“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 explained.

Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said that 89 clubs and organisations throughout Limerick and Clare are to receive approximately €2.5 million of the €30 million available in Sports Capital Grants.

“I would also like to commend Minister O’Donovan for simplifying the application process for clubs and organisations. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation,” she said.

Senator Kieran O’Donnell said, “I am delighted to see this much needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.”

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