Varadkar announces €600,000 for 12 sports projects in Dublin West

Minister Varadkar said funding of €598,790 is being provided to Fingal County Council and to local clubs for 12 different sport projects. It’s the first round of national sports capital funding in four years and will make a big difference to the clubs and communities.

 

“It’s great to be able to announce this new funding, under the first Sports Capital Programme for four years. This funding will help people throughout the constituency by giving them more opportunities to get involved in sport, whatever their ability. In times like this when resources are stretched, financial support is even more significant,” Minister Varadkar said.

 

The following clubs will receive funding:

 

• Castleknock Celtic FC – €11,163, Dressing Room/Shower/Toilets, Equipment
• Coolmine Gymnastics Club – €25,000, Equipment
• Coolmine Rugby Football Club – €159,045, Playing Surface development (natural), Floodlighting
• Ongar Community Centre – €172,752, Sport and recreation all-weather community facility
• Phoenix Cricket Club – €29,146, Playing surface development (synthetic), Dressing Room/Shower/Toilets, Equipment, Gymnasium, Security Fencing
• St Brigid’s GAA Club €40,328, Equipment, Goalposts, Hurling Wall, Security Fencing
• St Mochta’s Football Club – €18,040, Equipment
• St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club – €22,783, Playing Surface development (natural), Equipment
• Tyrrelstown GAA Club – €5,000, Equipment
• Westmanstown Gaels/Garda GAA Club – €18,244, Goalposts
• St Catherine’s Park – €48,000, fitness training
• John Paul II Park – €49,289, general sports facilities and drainage works

 

Funding could not be provided to nine other clubs or projects as the applications were ineligible. However, Minister Varadkar said his Department proposes to have another round of funding in the next year or so, and all clubs and local authorities will be entitled to apply.

 

Ineligible applications

 

All applications under the national scheme were initially examined to see if they met the minimum requirements. Applications were typically ineligible for a range of reasons, such as: access to own funding; proof of evidence of title to the property where the project is to be located; planning issues; or insufficient sporting content in the application.

 

All valid applications received by the deadlines were initially assessed against a number of criteria including: effects on participation; level of disadvantage in the area; level of own funding available; sharing of facilities; previous SCP funding.