Over €750,000 has been allocated to 28 sports groups and organisations in Laois through The Sports Capital Programme.
Details of the grants, amounting to €40.5 million nationally, were announced by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring last Thursday.
The Sports Capital Programme supports the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.
The Harps GAA Club are the top beneficiaries in Laois with an allocation of €90,000. Borris-in-Ossory GAA Club will benefit to the tune of €75,000 while Portlaoise Soccer Club and Emo Sportsfield Committee each receive €70,000.
In total 43 clubs in Laois applied for funding however a large percentage of clubs and organisations who had applied for funding missed out.
The €750,000 allocated to Laois compares well with neighbouring counties. Offaly received just €522,000 with €80,000 of that figure going to Gracefield GAA Club in Portarlington. Carlow received €545,000.
list of recipients
Harps GAA - €90,000; Borris in Ossory GAA - €75,000; Emo Sportsfield Committee - €70,000; Portlaoise Soccer €70,000; Ballypickas GAA - €60,000; Colt GAA - €40,000; Clonin Sportsfield Committee - €50,000; Abbeyleix Tennis - €35,000; Portarlington Union of Parishes - €25,000; Laois County Council - €23,000; Summerhill Campus Portlaoise - €22,000; Mounted Games Ass Ireland - €20,000; Portlaoise AC- €20,000; Portlaoise Gymnastics Club - €20,000; Rathdowney Snooker & Billards Club - €20,000; Annanough GAA Club - €17,000; Spink Community Development Ass - €15,000; Mountmellick AC - €13,000; Clonad GAA €12,587; Ossory Cycling - €12,000; Sacred Heart Boxing - €10,000; Portarlington Boxing - €8,000; Castletown GAA - €8,000; Clonaslee Community Development Ass - €7,000; Laois Sports Partnership Ltd - - €7,000; Mountrath Table Table Tennis Club - €5,600; Clonaghadoo YC - €3,000; St Michael’s AC - €2,500