Christmas came early for clubs and organisations in Clare with €1.5 million coming their way from the 2017 Sport Capital Programme. Separately, ten GAA clubs in the county will share €118,600 in development grants from the organisation’s Munster Council.

Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Pat Breen, confirmed that 58 sports facilities and projects in Clare will benefit from the funding in 2017.
In a statement Minister Breen said, “Funding of more than €1,497,000 has been allocated by my colleague Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and will assist with constructing and upgrading of outdoor facility spaces, training facilities, all-weather pitches and gyms, while also providing much needed sport and safety equipment to clubs and organisations all over Clare.”
“Sport and activity are not just essential for our physical health but its benefits to our mental wellbeing is also well documented. Furthermore, group sports and activities also allow people to come together and provide a social outlet for communities.”
Minister Breen has congratulated all clubs who worked so hard to secure funding this year and said he would encourage others sporting organisations who are planning development projects to avail of this funding in the future.
“Sports clubs do so much good work throughout the community and the Government recognises this and will continue to support the hard work of community groups and clubs in whatever way it can,” said Minister Breen.
Among the beneficiaries of this year’s grants is Sixmilebridge GAA Club which has been granted €71,000 towards an astroturf pitch inside its new Arena project.
Wolfe Tones na Sionna receives €55,000 to resurface its existing astroturf playing pitches.
Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA Club has been allocated €31,500 for its renovation project while the nearby Community Centre will have €10,400 for a squash court and refurbishment of the sports hall.
Clooney-Quin GAA Club will benefit from €26,500 for essential field drainage and ancillary works.
In Shannon, the 1st Clare Scouts have been awarded €11,500 for an urban outdoor activity base camp. Also, GoTri Triathlon Club is getting €11,500 for safety and training gear.
Bridge Utd AFC recently opened their fantastic new pitch and dressing rooms facility, the club will be pleased to learn that it is receiving €42,000 towards an astroturf pitch and floodlights.

Sport Capital Grant 2017 recipients from Co Clare

14th Clare Scout Group €4,000
1st Clare Shannon Scouts €11,500
Ballina Killaloe Sports & Community
Facilities Development Co. Ltd. €34,500
Ballyea GAA Club   €46,000
Bodyke GAA Club €33,500
Bridge United AFC €42,500
Burren Utd €9,500
Clare Water Safety €13,000
Clarecastle GAA Club €73,000
Clondegad GAA Club €59,500
Clonlara GAA Club €54,000
Clooney Quinn GAA Club €26,500
Corbally United €12,500
Corofin Camogie Club €1,200
Crusheen G.A.A. Club €8,500
Eire Og Inis €53,000
Ennis Boxing Club €2,500
Ennis Sub Aqua Club €7,500
Ennistymon Parish Project
Community Centre Ltd. €26,000
Fern Celtic €8,500
GoTri Racing Triathlon Club €11,500
Inagh Kilnamona Hurling Club €50,000
Kilkee Sub Aqua Club €7,985
Killaloe Sailing Club €6,000
Killanena Flagmount Community Games €800
Killanena GAA Club €21,000
Kilmaley Camogie Club €2,000
Kilmaley GAA Club €64,000
Kilmurry Ibrickane Community
Centre Committee Ltd €85,000
Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA €85,000
Kilrush Rugby Club €15,500
Lahinch Swim Club €7,000
Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board €26,500
Lough Derg Football Club €21,500
Mountshannon Celtic Football Club €6,000
Muintir Na Tire Dysart Branch €4,000
Community Centre Ltd €10,400
Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA Club €31,500
Parkville FC €8,500
Parteen Pitch and Putt Club €13,500
Ruan GAA Club €21,500
Scariff-Ogonnelloe Camogie Club €2,600
Sixmilebridge Camogie Club €850
Sixmilebridge GAA Club €71,000
Smith O’Brien GAA Club €79,000
Spanish Point Golf Club €3,500
St Cronans AC €2,250
St Flannans (Killaloe) Diocesan Trust €21,500
St Flannans (Killaloe) Diocesan Trust €40,000
St Josephs Miltown Malbay GAA Club €31,500
St Pats Soccer Club Limited €19,500
Tubber GAA €52,600
Tulla Athletic Club €7,500
West Clare Baseball Club €5,500
West Clare Sports & Fitness Club €48,000
Whitegate GAA Club €28,000
Wolfe Tones Camogie Club €2,400
Wolfe Tones na Sionna €55,000