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Sixmilebridge break new ground on Arena development

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€40 million is expected to be made available in the next round of the Sports Capital Programme.

Sixmilebridge GAA have commenced work on their new Sports Arena at their Cappa Lodge grounds. They received €71,000 from the programme last year towards the facility having previously been awarded €80,000 for works there in 2014.

Minister of State for Trade, Business & Employment, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen visit the Sixmilebridge club at the weekend. He said, “The Sports Capital Programme is about supporting clubs and organisations with capital development work. There is no limit to the number of times an organisation can apply. In essence if the project will enhance the facility to a point where it will benefit the community, then it will be considered for a sports capital grant.”

“There are examples of how the Sports Capital Programme has benefited clubs, groups and organisations throughout the county, and as ground is broken in Sixmilebridge it will not be long until the local community here are benefiting from an indoor astro turf playing facility with a viewing gallery and reception area. The steel portal frame structure will encompass the building with precast walling internally to act as an all-round hurling wall.”

“Sixmilebridge is a growing community of 6,000 people and as it grows so too does its recreational needs. The local GAA club, which now has more than 30 teams involved, is consciously developing its facilities to meet the evolving needs of the wider community and for this it must be commended,” added the Fine Gael TD.

“I would like to congratulate Sixmilebridge GAA club on the work they have carried out to date at Lodge Road with the assistance of the Sport Capital Programme. I wish them every success in this latest stage of development at Cappa Lodge and look forward to seeing the new Arena up and running very soon. I was happy to lend my support to such projects when asked to do so, as I believe they are essential to the physical and mental well being of our communities,” Breen concluded.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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