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EVERYONE in the Banner is going to be channelling their inner ‘Eye of the Tiger’ soon, as Minister Pat Breen has just confirmed €1.5 million worth of funding sports projects across the county.

A grand total of €1,497,000 has been announced under the 2017 Sport Capital Programme for to 58 Clare sport facilities and projects.

Minister Breen said that the grants will assist with constructing and upgrading of outdoor facility spaces, training facilities, all weather pitches and gyms, while also providing much needed sport and safety equipment.

“I would like to congratulate all the clubs who worked so hard to secure funding this year and would encourage others who are planning development projects to avail of this funding in the future,” he added.

West Clare Sports Fitness Club received €48,000 for the construction of an indoor four lane 120m sprint track at their facility in Cooraclare.
Club secretary Dermot Galvin confirmed they are hoping to create something unique for the people of West Clare.

“We’re looking to bring the facilities to a really high level because there’s an awful lot of athletes in West Clare who could potentially do some extraordinary things, but if you don’t have the facilities, it’s very hard to make champions on the track,” he said.

Dermot hopes to have the new facility up and running (pardon the pun) by this time next year.

“We’re just extremely lucky that Joe Garry is willing to give the land for the building of it, so we couldn’t do it first of all without the landowner and secondly people getting behind the project,” he added.

Check out the full list of approved grants:


County Organisation Project Title Allocation
Clare 14th Clare Scout Group Kayaks, Essential Kayaking Safety Gear & Trailer. €4,000
Clare 1st Clare Shannon Scouts Urban Outdoor Activity Base Camp €11,500
Clare Ballina Killaloe Sports & Community Facilities Development Co. Ltd. Rugby and Athletic Training Facilities €34,500
Clare Ballyea GAA Club Ballyea GAA Club Pitch3 Phase Drainage System €46,000
Clare Bodyke GAA Club Bodyke GAA Club Development €33,500
Clare Bridge United AFC Astro Turf Pitch & Floodlight to Playing Pitch €42,500
Clare Burren Utd. Schoolboys Soccer Club Upgrading/Regeneration Of Home Playing Pitch €9,500
Clare Clare Water Safety Equipment for Clare Water Safety Area €13,000
Clare Clarecastle GAA Club Provision of Female Dressing Rooms €73,000
Clare Clondegad GAA Club Upgrade Club House Facilities at Clondegad GAC €59,500
Clare Clonlara GAA Club Clonlara GAA Community Facilities Development Plan €54,000
Clare Clooney Quinn GAA Club Essential Field drainage & ancillary work. €26,500
Clare CORBALLY UNITED Clubhouse Roof Refurbishment €12,500
Clare Corofin Camogie Club Provision of equipment for a small Camogie Club €1,200
Clare Crusheen G.A.A. Club Artificial Surface and fencing €8,500
Clare Eire Og Inis All weather and indoor gym facilities at Eire Og €53,000
Clare Ennis Boxing Club To purchase Sports Equipment €2,500
Clare Ennis Sub Aqua club Ennis Sub Aqua 2017 Diving Boat application €7,500
Clare Ennistymon Parish Project Community Centre Ltd. Ennistymon Parish Project Community Centre €26,000
Clare Fern Celtic Erection of sports fencing , netting and dugouts €8,500
Clare GoTri Racing Triathlon Club GoTri Application: Safety and Training Gear 2017 €11,500
Clare Inagh Kilnamona Hurling Club Artificial playing surface development €50,000
Clare Kilkee Sub Aqua Club Provision of an air bank system for club members €7,985
Clare Killaloe Sailing Club Sail Training Dinghies for Children and Teenagers €6,000
Clare Killanena Flagmount Community Games Killanena Flagmount Community Games €800
Clare Killanena GAA Club Upgrade of Killanena GAA facilities €21,000
Clare Kilmaley Camogie Club Kilmaley Camogie Club Equipment 2017 €2,000
Clare Kilmaley GAA Club Construction of clubhouse €64,000
Clare Kilmurry Ibrickane Community Centre Committee Ltd Mullagh Sports Field Improvement Work, Clare €85,000
Clare Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA Upgrade/Regeneration of Existing GAA Pitch €85,000
Clare Kilrush Rugby Club Kilrush RFC Pitch Development €15,500
Clare Lahinch Swim Club Upgrade of Facilities and Training Equipment €7,000

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