Several Irish golf clubs receive funding

Several golf clubs in Ireland are to receive major funding for improvements under a £5.9 million government support package for the development of sports and physical leisure facilities.

The Sports Capital & Equipment program will go towards many improvements, including the development of clubhouse facilities, new changing rooms and floodlighting.

For example, Ballybofey / Stranorlar Golf Club will receive £116,000, Ballyliffin Golf Club £104,000, Bundoran Golf Club £72,000, Cloughaneely Golf Club £25,000, Cruit Island Golf Club £82,000, Donegal Golf Club £48,000, Greencastle Golf Club £76,000, Letterkenny Golf and Social Club £109,000 and North West Golf Club £13,000.

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Sports Minister Catherine Martin said: “Sport is vital to all communities in Ireland. There have been a record number of applications for these grants and the government has responded with the highest level of individual grants ever.

“So this is a great day for sports clubs and community groups across the country and I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants.

“These two years have been difficult for many sports clubs, but the pandemic has really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective well-being. The grants will significantly improve sports facilities in each county. There’s a wide variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system put even more emphasis on female participation.

“More than 30 sports and activities are represented, ranging from competitions, athletic games to walking.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers associated with these clubs for their tireless work and commitment to improving their facilities for the benefit of all members.”

Michael C. Ford