€750,000 in sports grants for Laois, but more to come

Last Friday’s announcement of three quarters of a million in sports capital grants for Laois was welcomed by politicans, with Cllr Tom Mulhall saying further grants are on the way next year.

The money went to 28 different sporting projects in Laois. The largest was €90,000 to Harps GAA Club, right down to €3,000 for Clonaghadoo youth club.

Cllr Mulhall from Emo welcomed €70,000 granted for a new all-weather pitch on parish land there, beside the community centre.

“It is wonderful news, the community will have to match the funding, but it will blend in very well with existing facilities for the benefit of all young people,” he said.

It was the second year for the committee to apply.

“It wasn’t successful in 2012, due to a small incompletion on the application. Less than 50 percent of applicants were successful nationally. There will be another round of sports capital grants made in the next year and I would encourage anyone who wasn’t successful to go back again and reapply,” he said, congratulating the committee and thanking Laois County Council’s Sports Officer Anne Marie Maher for her help.

Labour Senator John Whelan said the grants were the result of hard work of local communities in sending off their applications.

“I am delighted that all the clubs for which we campaigned were all successful in receiving significant financial support. All these voluntary organisations play a vital role in our community, especially providing facilities and a healthy outlet for young people,” he said.

Sen Whelan was “especially glad” the Summerhill Campus in Portlaoise got a grant, of €22,000.

“The new primary schools really required a playing pitch for hundreds of their pupils to use and enjoy. It is also good that the Mounted Games Association of Ireland, based in Laois was successful,” he said.

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