Minister Shane Ross announces sports capital grants.
The Sports Capital Grants for Laois have been announced, with over fifty clubs from around the county benefiting from the scheme.
A little over €1m has been divided up amongst the various clubs and groups which have been successful in securing funding, with Rathdowney GAA Club receiving the highest individual sum - €86,000 - to help with the extensive works being carried out by the club in redeveloping their pitch.
A number of other GAA clubs have received significant funding, notably Ballyroan Abbey GAA (€73,500), Camross GAA (€69,500) and Killeshin GAA (€78,000). The Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Trust also received a sizeable sum, €67,000, to be spent on St Mary's Hall.
The full list of recipients is as follows:
Abbey Bowls - Purchase of Indoor Bowls Equipment (€2,000).
Arles-Killeen GAA - Ground upgrade and refurbishment works (€11,000).
Ballinakill GAA - Covered Ball Wall enclosure & Pitch enclosure ( €47,727).
Ballypickas GAA - Refurbishment of Dressing Rooms, Showers and Toilets (€34,500).
Ballyroan Abbey GAA - Drain/level pitch, Walking track, New showers (€73,500).
Borris in Ossory GAA - Floodlighting at Borris in Ossory GAA grounds (€52,000).
Camross Community Hall - Sports field development and drainage (€32,000).
Camross GAA - Camross GAA Club AstroTurf, Gym & Pitch Lights (€69,500).
Castletown Community Sports Field Development Fund (€31,000).
Castletown GAA - Non Personal Sports Equipment (€7,000).
Castletown Primary School - Sports Equipment for School/Community use (€4,500).
Clonaslee St Manman's GAA - Construction of Clubhouse (€27,000).
Clonin Sportsfield Committee - Astro Turf and Fencing for Ball Wall area (€13,000).
Clough-Ballacolla GAA - Pitch Development (€8,000).
Colt GAA - Fencing, Walking Track, Purchase of mower (€29,000).
Combat Kick Boxing Laois - Sports Equipment (€2,000).
Crettyard GAA - Repair Main Pitch, Purchase Mower (€10,000).
Crettyard United Soccer Club - Crettyard United AFC (€11,500).
The Heath GAA - Security Fencing Heath GAA (€12,000).
Kilcavan GAA - Construction of a multi-purpose fitness room (€32,000).
Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Trust - St Mary’s Sports Hall (€67,000).
Killeen Community Hall - Defibrillator/Sport Markings (€1,100).
Killeshin AFC - Construction of dormer Clubhouse and Dressing rooms (€78,000).
Laochra Laoise Special Olympics Sports Club - Provide high quality, safe, appropriate equipment (€1,500).
Laois County Council - Sports Equipment (€4,500).
Laois Hunt Pony Club - Equipment for 3 Pony Club Equestrian Disciplines (€11,000).
Laois Kayak and Canoe Club - Renovation of Club House (€17,000).
Laois Sports Partnership Ltd - Increase participation in Sport and PA (€2,000).
Lions AFC - Drainage of grass playing pitch and training pitch (€20,500).
Mountmellick & District Game Preservation Association & Gun Club - Replacement of old Manual Clay pigeon (€2,500).
Mountmellick Athletic Club - New Long Jump & Equipment (€10,000).
Mountmellick Community Sports Complex Ltd - Oscar Sports Capital Grant 2017 (€2,000).
Mountmellick GAA - Mountmellick Pitch Maintenance and Grass Cutting (€3,500).
Mountmellick Sarsfields LFC - Equipment for Maintenance/Training (€4,500).
Mountrath Development Association - Refurbishment of Tennis Courts (€12,500).
Mountrath Golf Club - Purchase of Pedestrian Greens Aerator (€9,500).
O’Dempsey’s GAA - A dedicated juvenile pitch for our club and others (€36,500).
Portarlington Golf Club - Greens mower and Clubhouse Kitchen Renovation (€10,000).
Portarlington Leisure Centre - Outdoor sports (€6,500).
Portlaoise Active Retirement - Purchase of Sports Equipment (€1,000).
Portlaoise Ladies GAA - Portlaoise Ladies GFC Equipment (€3,000).
Portlaoise Panthers Basketball Club (€4,000).
Portlaoise RFC - Gym Toilets and Changing Rooms (€39,000).
Portlaoise Soccer Club - Lawnmower and refurbish showers (€7,000).
Rathdowney GAA - Pitch Development (€86,000).
Rosenallis AFC - New Equipment For Rosenallis AFC (€17,000).
Spink Community Development Association Ltd - Multi Use Games Area at Spink Community Field (€26,500).
St Aengus FC - Perimemer fence, Ball stops, Mower, surround (€14,500).
St Conleths LGFC - To purchase football training equipment (€1,500).
St Fintans GAA Club Mountrath - Artificial Playing Surface Development (€45,000).
The Rock GAA Club - Refurbishment of the clubhouse and grounds (€15,500).