Over €575K Equipment funding for 33 sports projects in Limerick- O’ Donnell

Press Statement

Kieran O’ Donnell TD

Over €575K Equipment funding for 33 sports projects in Limerick- O’ Donnell

  • Granted under the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme 

Sports clubs and organisations across Limerick are set to benefit from €575,004 investment in 33 local projects, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’ Donnell has said.

The funding for Limerick is part of €16.6m allocation from the latest round of Sports Capital & Equipment Grants programme both at local and regional level (see attached and in note to editor).

Deputy O’ Donnell said the funding will be of immense benefit to all the clubs and organisations across Limerick set to receive it.

“I am very glad to be announcing sports funding of €575,004 for 33 Limerick clubs and organisations today. We know how important sport is to all communities here. The mental and physical health benefits associated with sports participation are well documented and we want people to have every opportunity to get involved, particularly as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.

“Our incredible Olympic athletes have been a joy and inspiration to watch over the last few weeks so it also very welcome that over €2m is being provided for sports equipment for our National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).

“The Government is investing in all sporting facilities across the country. Be it team sports or individuals participating, we are fully behind them and will continue to support all involved in sport whether they are players or volunteers working hard behind the scenes.

“I will continue to make the case for increased investment in sports facilities in the years ahead and at budget time.

“My focus is now on the applications currently being assessed in the Department, including many clubs seeking major capital works in Limerick.

“I hope that funding is allocated to all these projects as soon as possible. I want to thank Ministers Catherine Martin and Jack Chambers in the Department for Tourism and Sport for assistance with this,” Deputy Kieran O’ Donnell said.

The grants are for Clubs who applied to the 2020 Sports Capital Programme for equipment only, with no other proposed developments in their application. Overall a record number of more than 3,100 applications were submitted from across the country in 2020 with the applications for both facilities/other developments and equipment still being processed by the Department of Sport and will be allocated later this year.

The full list of Limerick Sports Capital Equipment Grants are:

Sports Equipment Only
  Organisation Project Title County Sport Type Amount to be allocated
1 45th Limerick Ahane Scout Group Campsite Development Project Limerick Hillwalking €11,750
2 Ardagh Community Leisure Centre Company CLG Gym Equipment & Steam Room Limerick Multi-sport €29,343
3 Athlacca Community Hall Athlacca Hall Sports equipment grant Limerick Badminton €12,108
4 ATHLUNKARD VILLA FC Atlunkard Villa Training Pitch Program Limerick Soccer €7,309
5 Ballybricken Scout Group 46th Limerick Female scout participation and youth development Limerick Multi-sport €8,460
6 Broadford-Ashford Walking Trails (Mullaghareirk Walking Trails) Equipment for Broadford-Ashford Walking Trails Limerick Hillwalking €1,210
7 Bruff GAA Club Bruff GAA Club Gym Equipment Limerick Gaelic Games €17,934
8 Castletroy Hockey Club Expanding Hockey in Limerick Limerick Hockey €6,760
9 Celtic Waves Swimming Club Equipment necessary for Celtic Waves Swim Team Limerick Swimming €5,226
10 Doon GAA Limerick Purchase of a new mower Limerick Gaelic Games €19,594
11 Dooneen Athletic Club Retention and development of athletes of all ages Limerick Athletics €9,513
12 Greenmount Cycling Academy Equipment for Greenmount Cycling Academy (GCA) Limerick Cycling €27,650
13 Kilbehenny Cycling Club Kilbehenny Cycling Club Sports Development Limerick Cycling €3,943
14 Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre Adventure Sports Equipment Limerick Multi-sport €22,690
15 Limerick Academy & Scouts Kayaking Club Female participation & member advancement Limerick Canoeing / Kayaking €11,556
16 Limerick Athletic Club Track & Field Development at UL Track Limerick Athletics €49,706
17 Limerick Boat Club Provision of Floating Pontoon River Access Limerick Rowing €16,978
18 Limerick Celtics Basketball Club Essential Basketball Equipment Limerick Basketball €10,470
19 Limerick Community Games Skill Development in community games Limerick Athletics €2,749
20 Limerick Cricket Club Cricket equipment Limerick Cricket €9,560
21 Limerick Cycling Club Equipment grant 2021 Limerick Cycling €17,656
22 Limerick Dragons Supply of a trailer for Dragon Boat Limerick Multi-sport €7,258
23 Limerick Hockey Club LHC equipment only grant application 2020 Limerick Hockey €36,088
24 Limerick Lakers basketball club Outdoor Portable Basketball Limerick Basketball €6,472
25 Limerick Lions Basketball club Look after our existing members & attract more! Limerick Basketball €5,136
26 Murroe AFC Grass Cutting Machinery & Storage Container Limerick Soccer €16,951
27 Murroe Wood Park Company Limited by Guarantee Fit Out of Murroe Community Hub Sports Facility Limerick Multi-sport €29,765
28 Old Christians GAA Club Purchase of lawn mower Limerick Gaelic Games €13,611
29 Shannon Rowing Club Shannon Rowing Club – Construction of Pontoon Limerick Rowing €66,565
30 St Michael’s Sporting Club (Rowing Club) St. Michael’s Rowing Club Schools Rowing Programme Limerick Rowing €32,467
31 West Limerick Athletics Club Track & Field Equipment for New Athletics Hub Limerick Athletics €47,368
Regional Applications
  Organisation Project Title County Sport Type Amount to be allocated
32 Limerick Soccer Referees Society Irish Soccer Referees Limerick Branch Limerick Soccer €4,272
33 Treaty UTD FC Equipment Limerick Soccer €6,886
TOTAL €575,004






Note to Editor:


Press Release from Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media



Friday, 6 August 2021


€16.6m Provided for Sports Equipment under the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme


The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, T.D., today (6 August) announced  €16.6 million in equipment grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).


“Today I’m delighted to announce good news for hundreds of sports organisations right around the country,” stated Minister Martin“Sports Capital and Equipment funding is another example of Government helping sporting communities through these challenging times; supporting clubs and organisations to provide the facilities necessary to achieve our objectives of increased participation in sport; and help realise the immense benefits that physical activity can bring to our lives. Today’s grants will assist sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport purchase the sports equipment to hopefully develop our sporting heroes and Olympians of the future.


“In terms of choosing the successful projects, the full assessment procedure and scoring system was published in advance. Priority was given to projects that will increase participation, that are located in areas with higher levels of socio-economic disadvantage and to organisations that did not receive significant funding under the Programme previously. In terms of how applications were scored, I am particularly pleased that an even greater emphasis was placed on encouraging increased women’s participation in sport. We remain committed to further capital investment in sport and while today’s grants relate mainly to relatively small equipment purchases, later this year we will announce the allocation of grants for capital projects under the Programme.”


Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Jack Chambers T.D., highlighted the diversity of projects being funded: “I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants in receipt of grant funding today, particularly the volunteers at club level who made the applications and are the lifeblood of clubs and sporting organisations all over the country. Under this year’s programme, funding is being allocated to the clubs, schools and organisations which are striving to serve all of the community and especially those groups where there are traditionally lower participation levels. There is also a particular focus on promoting and growing female participation levels across our sports.


“Apart from the pleasure we all get from watching an event like the Olympics, the health benefits associated with sports participation are well documented and we want people to have every opportunity to get involved.  As well as applications from local sports clubs, I am delighted that over €2m is being provided for sports equipment for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). Amongst the organisations to benefit under today’s grants are the, FAI, Rowing Ireland, Swim Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland as well as dozens of others. I am also delighted that we are providing €1.4m for projects deemed to be of “regional” significance. Amongst these grantees are a number of county ladies football associations, Leinster Athletics and the Irish Homeless Street leagues.”


Full details of all allocations announced today are set out on the Department’s website at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/




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Note For Editors


The 2020 round of the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme closed for applications on Monday 1st March last.  By that deadline, a record number of over 3,100 applications were submitted seeking a total of €200m in funding.  The equipment-only applications have been assessed first and it is the successful applicants under this element of the scheme that are being announced today.  €16.6mm has been allocated.  The top 95% of local applications by score have been awarded a grant. The individual grant allocations were calculated considering the amount available for that particular county (based on a per capita distribution and the demand levels for that county), the amount sought for the project and the score obtained following assessment.



Dé hAoine, 6 Lúnasa 2021


Cuirfear €16.6m ar fáil do Threalamh Spóirt faoin gClár um Chaipiteal & Threalamh Spóirt


D’fhógair an tAire Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán, Catherine Martin, TD, agus an tAire Stáit don Spórt agus don Ghaeltacht, Jack Chambers, TD, €16.6 milliún i ndeontais trealaimh faoin mbabhta is déanaí den Chlár um Chaipiteal agus Threalamh Spóirt inniu (an 6 Lúnasa).


“Dea-scéala atá agam inniu do na céadta eagraíocht spóirt ar fud na tíre,” a dúirt an tAire Martin“Is léiriú é an maoiniú Caipitil agus Trealaimh Spóirt ar an gcabhair atá á tabhairt ag an Rialtas don phobal spóirt sa tréimhse dhúshlánach seo; ag tacú le clubanna agus eagraíochtaí chun áiseanna riachtanacha a sholáthar chun ár gcuspóirí maidir le rannpháirtíocht mhéadaithe sa spórt a bhaint amach; agus ag cuidiú leis na buntáistí iontacha a d’fhéadfadh gníomhaíocht choirp a chruthú inár saolta. Cuideoidh deontais an lae inniu le clubanna spóirt agus le Coistí Náisiúnta Rialaithe Spóirt trealamh spóirt a cheannach chun ár laochra spóirt agus Oilimpigh a fhorbairt sa todhchaí.


“Maidir le roghnú na dtionscadal a raibh rath orthu, foilsíodh an nós imeachta measúnaithe agus an córas scórála ina n-iomláine roimh ré. Tugadh tosaíocht do thionscadail a mhéadóidh an rannpháirtíocht, atá lonnaithe i gceantair le leibhéil níos airde míbhuntáiste socheacnamaíoch agus d’eagraíochtaí nach bhfuair maoiniú suntasach faoin gClár roimhe seo. Maidir leis an gcaoi ar scóráladh iarratais, tá áthas ar leith orm gur cuireadh níos mó béime ar rannpháirtíocht na mban a mhéadú sa spóort. Táimid tiomanta i gcónaí d’infheistíocht chaipitil bhreise sa spórt agus cé go mbaineann deontais an lae inniu le ceannacháin trealaimh atá cuibheasach beag go príomha, fógróimid leithdháileadh deontas níos déanaí i mbliana do thionscadail chaipitil faoin gClár.”


Chuir an tAire Stáit atá freagrach as an Spórt, Jack Chambers T.D., béim ar éagsúlacht na dtionscadal atá á maoiniú: “Ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis na hiarratasóirí rathúla go léir a fuair maoiniú deontais inniu agus go háirithe na hoibrithe deonacha ag leibhéal an chlub a rinne na hiarratais agus a oibríonn i gcroílár na gclubanna agus na n-eagraíochtaí spóirt ar fud na tíre. Faoi chlár na bliana seo, tá maoiniú á leithdháileadh ar na clubanna, na scoileanna agus na heagraíochtaí a fhreastalaíonn ar an bpobal ar fad agus ar na grúpaí sin go háirithe a mbíonn leibhéil rannpháirtíochta níos ísle acu go traidisiúnta. Cuirtear béim faoi leith chomh maith ar leibhéil rannpháirtíochta ban a chur chun cinn agus a mhéadú i ngach spórt dá gcuidse.


Seachas an tainteamh a bhainimid go léir as a bheith ag breathnú ar ócáid ​​cosúil leis na Cluichí Oilimpeacha, tá fianaise láidir ann maidir leis na buntáistí sláinte a bhaineann le rannpháirtíocht spóirt agus ba mhaith linn gach deis a thabhairt do dhaoine páirt a ghlacadh ann. Chomh maith le hiarratais ó chlubanna spóirt áitiúla, tá lúcháir orm go gcuirfear os cionn €2m ar fáil do threalamh spóirt do Choistí Náisiúnta Rialaithe Spóirt. I measc na n-eagraíochtaí a bhainfidh leas as deontais an lae inniu tá an Cumann Peile na hÉireann, Rámhaíocht Éireann, Snámh Éireann, Cumann Parailimpeach na hÉireann agus Cluichí Oilimpeacha Speisialta Éireann. Tá áthas orm chomh maith go gcuirimid €1.4m ar fáil do thionscadail a mheastar a bheith suntasach “go réigiúnach”. I measc na ndeontaithe sin tá roinnt cumainn pheil ban contae, Lúthchleasaíocht Laighean agus Sraitheanna Sráide Éireann do Dhaoine gan Dídean.”


Tá sonraí iomlána na leithdháiltí uile a fógraíodh inniu leagtha amach ar shuíomh gréasáin na Roinne ar https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/




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Nótaí d’Eagarthóirí


Dúnadh babhta 2020 den Chlár um Chaipiteal agus Threalamh Spóirt d’iarratais Dé Luain, 1 Márta 2021. Faoin spriocdháta sin, cuireadh an líon is mó riamh, 3,100 iarratas isteach ag lorg maoiniú €200m ar an iomlán. Rinneadh na hiarratais ar threalamh amháin a mheas ar dtús agus is iad na hiarratasóirí rathúla faoin ngné seo den scéim atá á bhfógairt inniu. Leithdháileadh €16.6m. Bronnadh deontas ar an 95% is fearr d’iarratais áitiúla de réir scór. Ríomhadh na leithdháiltí deontais aonair le súil ar an méid a bhí ar fáil don chontae áirithe sin (bunaithe ar dháileadh per capita agus na leibhéil éilimh don chontae sin), an méid a bhí á lorg don tionscadal agus an scór a fuarthas tar éis an mheasúnaithe.

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