Newmarket Celtic had a double boost after qualifying for the FAI Junior Cup semi-final away to Pike Rovers when they learned that their appeal for the Sports Capital Grant had been successful.

Clare Fine Gael TD, Joe Carey, at his desk in Government Buildings.

Clare Fine Gael TD, Joe Carey, at his desk in Government Buildings.

According to Fine Gael TD Joe Carey, almost €240,000 in funding will greatly benefit sports clubs in the county over the coming year.

In all, four Clare sports projects were successful in their appeals under this year’s Sports Capital Grant scheme. That has greatly pleased Newmarket Celtic Development Committee who will get €26,300 for their all-weather pitch.
The largest allocation goes to Clare County Council which receives an increase of €109,400 for the Active Kilrush Sports complex.
Killaloe-Ballina Tennis Club has been allocated €63,000 for the development of two indoor tennis courts while Scariff Rugby Club receives €40,600 for an indoor astroturf pitch.
Deputy Carey commented, “I am delighted to see this much-needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference, our local sports clubs.
“This is in addition to the funding already announced last year. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.
“While some clubs will have been notified that their appeal has been unsuccessful, they will be pleased to learn that a new round of the Sports Capital Programme will open in the near future.
“It has been agreed that these organisations can submit corrected documentation to validate the 2017 application. All other aspects of the original application will stand,” he explained.
Deputy Carey explained that the Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by a Fine Gael government in 2012 after it was cut in the wake of the economic crash.
Deputy Carey believes that it is crucial to invest in healthy pursuits, particularly with obesity on the rise. “Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically,” he said.