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Delight as Government releases €2M in funding to 71 Donegal sports clubs

“Sport plays key role in healthy lives”

GOVERNMENT Chief Whip Joe McHugh has announced €2,003,000 in funding to 71 Donegal sports clubs.

County councillors praised clubs and organisations across the county who contribute so much to life here.

Cllr Martin Harley praised Minister McHugh and Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin for providing more funding to grassroots sports clubs because of the enormous benefits these groups bring to the communities they serve.

“All the clubs being funded today by the Government deserve enormous credit for the work they do in their communities including GAA, soccer, boxing, rowing, cricket, community groups, swimming and multi-sports facilities,” said Cllr Martin Harley.

“I am delighted with this massive allocation. Each application was graded and funding allocated accordingly. I know clubs in the Finn Valley areas are over the moon with their allocations.”

Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh said: “These clubs across the county contribute so much to healthier communitie.

“They operate in what I would call the illness prevention sector; they contribute so much not just to the physical health of people young and old, but also to the mental wellbeing of our people too.


“It makes sense therefore for Sports clubs to be part of the health sector, to be acknowledged for the work they do and for Government to spend more money supporting that work. It makes sense – morally and financially.


“Prevention is better than cure and as a country we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our sporting organisations and this large allocation to Donegal today recognises that.”


And Cllr Bernard McGuinness said: “I know in this age of technology, sports clubs now also have to compete with online gaming, gadgets and SnapChat. Getting young People involved in sport is key to the future of our country and our Government we will do more to help. We have to.


“We have to do all we can to help young people engage in sport for longer and to take that healthy lifestyle into adulthood. On behalf of the people of Inishowen I want to thank Minister McHugh for this splendid allocation this evening to the peninsula. It’s great news.”


Minister McHugh paid tribute to Minister Brendan Griffin.


“As a government we are there to help and support sports organisations. Grassroots sports represent an incredible movement and I cannot imagine an Ireland without it. It would be a much poorer country without the heartbeat of our parishes. I want to commend all sporting organisations for what they do every day for our society and assure them all that Government is committed to supporting that work.”


Minister McHugh went on: “I have been out around the county and spoken to many of the clubs behind brilliant initiatives in their communities.


“They deserve the funding they get. I have also met Minister Griffin and discussed the possibility of a scheme for those clubs who were invalid this time around.”


The list of successful clubs is below: Congratulations again

▪ Choiste Forbartha an Fháil Charraigh €97,500

▪ Glengad FC €86,000

▪ Desertegney Youth Club €35000

▪ Inishowen Football League €40,000

▪ Aodh Ruadh €96000

▪ Lifford Rifle & Pistol Association €18,500

▪ Naomh Padraig Leifear GAA Club €99,500

▪ Moville Celtic Football Club Ltd. €25,500

▪ Marlins Swim Club €9,000

▪ Raphoe Boxing Club €48,500

▪ Donegal County Council (Carndonagh Mini Pitch) €7,500

▪ Cumann Naomh Padraig Muff €66,000

▪ Donegal Sea and Surf Paddlers €2,000

▪ Inishowen Amateur Boxing and Fitness Club €6,500

▪ Loughros Point Rowing Club €3,500

▪ Illies Community Development Association €45,500

▪ Donegal League Organization Co. Ltd. €83,500

▪ Letterkenny Community Centre €89,500

▪ Letterkenny Rovers FC €89,500

▪ Burt GAA Club €85,000

▪ CLG Na Dunaibh €23,000

▪ Convoy Arsenal FC €23,500

▪ Forbairt Na Rosann €42,000

▪ Forbairt Pobail Ghleann Gaothbarra €37,000

▪ Realt na Mara Bundoran GAA €5,700

▪ St. Catherine’s Football Club €20,500

▪ St. Brigid’s Youth & Community Co op €41,500

▪ Whitestrand United Football Club €24,000

▪ St. Columbas Diocesan Trust €66,000

▪ Aislann Chill Chartha Teo €70,000

▪ Ballyliffin Golf Club €59,000

▪ CLG Chlioch Cheann Fhaola €76,000

▪ Donegal Town Soccer Club Trust Company Ltd €17,000

▪ Raphoe Community Sports Development Ltd. €70,000

▪ St. John Bosco Club €4200

▪ Donegal County Council (for BallyshannonLeisure Centre Sports) €32,500

▪ Bundoran Waterworld Clg €4,000

▪ Clg Naomh Columba €11,500

▪ Erne Enterprise Development Company Ltd €8,500

▪ Cloughaneely Golf Club €15,000

▪ Donegal Education and Training Board €18,605

▪ Muff Community Development Co-op Ltd €9.000

▪ Ballybofey United Football Club €36,000

▪ St. Catherine’s Community Group €7,500

▪ Liquid Therapy €5,500

▪ Buncrana GAA €24,000

▪ Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair Teo €1,400

▪ Donegal Juvenile Badminton €4,000

▪ East Donegal Branch of the Irish Pony Club (aka East Donegal Pony Club) €11,000

▪ Fanad Gaels GAA Club €23,000

▪ Finn Valley Women’s Football Club €5,200

▪ Inver Rowing Club €11,700

▪ Naomh Conaill GAA Club €1,500

▪ The Village Rowing Club €10,500

▪ Cairde le Cheile Committee Ltd €1,300

▪ Killybegs GAA €6,000

▪ MSC Tri €7,200

▪ Naomh Colmcille CLG €28,000

▪ St. Johnston Cricket Club €25,000

▪ CLG Gleann Fhinne €10,500

▪ Donegal Sports Partnership €6,200

▪ Greencastle Com. Dev. Co. Ltd €3,800

▪ Bruckless Boat Club €10,000

▪ Creevy & District Co-op Dev Soc Ltd. €8,500

▪ SwillySeals Amateur Swimming Club €7,300

▪ Cruit Island Golf Club €11,500

▪ Pobail Pairthiocht Iar Dheisceart Dhun nc nGallTeo €1,600

▪ Donegal Mountain Rescue €8,800

▪ Sea Rovers FC €6,500

▪ Otway Golf Club €7,000

▪ CLG Ard An Ratha €500

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