By Kieran Murphy
TWENTY Carlow sports clubs are set to receive €623k in Government funding through Sports Capital Grants. The announcement was made last week with the McGrath Park Redevelopment Project receiving the biggest amount of €84,304. More modest figures have also been allocated to clubs with Carlow rugby club receiving €16,953 which will help to improve their floodlighting facility.
Secretary of Bagenalstown Gaels David O’Brien, who has helped drive the McGrath Park application process, is delighted it has been successful after it was turned down two years ago.
At the time the application committee came in for a lot of criticism with accusations they had made mistakes. O’Brien always maintained the process had been followed correctly.
“There was no legal basis not to give us funding,” he said this week, refering to previous issues surrounding the ownership of the McGrath Park grounds which had frustrated previous grant applications.
“I would like to thank Pat Deering, the minister [Brendan Griffin], Sean Kelly [former GAA president] and our own club officials for all their assistance,” said O’Brien.
Michael Carbery of Carlow Rugby Club is also delighted to get the funding.
“The original lights system had run its course and when they started the project to replace them, they were astounded the difference between the old and the new. You can actually see the ball now,” the former club president and current executive member said.
“It is a great scheme and we are absolutely delighted with it. It is great to see sports clubs getting this money as it is all about the community.”
Pat Deering acknowledged the funding across so many clubs will benefit everyone in the communities.
“I am delighted that the funding is going to benefit 20 clubs in Carlow. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building,” the Carlow TD stated.
Sports Capital Funding
Bagenalstown Cricket Club (upgrade for facilities and equipment) €549
Ballinkillen Hurling Club (community walk/jog track; pitch drainage) €55,421
Ballymurphy Hall (replace wooden floor) €21,899
Borris Golf Club (extend shed to house course machinery) €24,255
Burrin Celtic FC (drainage/pitch/clubhouse/ disabled toilets) €41,957
Carlow Lawn Tennis Club (floodlighting & energy efficiency upgrade) €38,857
Clonmore GFC (Phase 1. development of additional playing pitch) €41,309
County Carlow Football Club (Phase two of floodlights for training pitches) €16,953
Éire Óg CLG (Floodlighting for pitch two and pitch three) €48,788
Fenagh Sports Grounds Co Ltd (fencing and sports equipment project) €790
Garryhill Handball Club (improvement project) €63,162
Kilbride GAA (pitch fencing and lighting upgrade) €28,618
Kildavin Clonegal GAA (scoreboard) €7,053
Mount Leinster Rangers GAA (Phase 1 of two new full-size pitch developments) €12,198
Muinebheag Juvenile GAA (McGrath Park redevelopment) €84,304
Naomh Eoin GAA (pitch encloser) €11,472
Old Leighlin GAA (Upgraded facilities) €3,668
Rathvilly GAA (floodlight improvement and pitch maintenance mower) €14,455
St Patrick’s Boys AFC (mower, disabled, female changing facilities etc) €69,383
St Patrick’s GAA, Tullow (refurbish dressing rooms, showers and toilets) €37,508