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*Shannon Town Utd before their 2018 FAI Junior Cup Quarter-Final vs Pike Rovers. Photograph: Joe Buckley

Seven Clare projects previously marked as invalid for a Sport Capital Grant are now to receive funding.

A further €241,400 in Sport Capital Grant Funding for Clare has been announced for seven projects deemed invalid in 2017.

Soccer club, Shannon Town Utd is to receive €54,200 for the construction of dressing rooms. The club won their first Clare District Soccer League premier title in the 2016/17 season and currently sit in the bottom half of the top tier.

Fine Gael TD, Pat Breen has worked alongside committee members in the club on their proposal. “I was happy to meet with the hard working committee behind this project in October and was pleased to learn of all the work done to date on this project. It is understood that an investment of this magnitude in the club will increase participation and get more people involved in local sport, which is of course the main aim of these grants”.

Breen has welcomed “further good news for sport in Shannon” with the allocation of €48,200 to St Senans RFC for the expansion of their club house.

€59,600 has been set aside for the upgrading of Limerick Clare Education and Training Board’s (LCETB) existing athletic tracks. The Co Clare Agricultural Show Society Ltd will receive €51,800 for the upgrade of the outdoor and indoor show jumping arena.

Coolmeen GAA Club have been awarded €14,500 for works on their existing shower facilities and dressing rooms. Drainage work at the pitch of O’Callaghans Mills will take place thanks to the provision of €10,400.

Frank Healy Park, the home of soccer in Clare will undergo a safety project at the cost of €2,700.

“I am delighted that despite the initial disappointment these clubs and organisations are now to receive funding, and can progress these worthwhile projects. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, and support the many organisations who provide such a great service in their communities on a voluntary basis,” the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection added.

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