Minister Byrne pictured at Rossin Rovers pitch, one of the local successful applicants.

Over €900,000 in equipment-only grants allocated to sporting clubs across Meath

Over €900,000 in equipment-only grants will be allocated to sporting organisations across Meath

The Minister for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht and local TD, Thomas Byrne , has confirmed that sporting organisations across Meath will benefit from over €900,000 in equipment-only grants under his Department’s Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

€26 million in equipment-only grants under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme will be allocated nationwide.

The allocations announced by Minister Byrne today under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme are in response to equipment-only applications which were submitted to his Department.

Further allocations under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme, including those for capital works, and capital works tied with an equipment component, will be announced later.

Minister Byrne commented:

“I am delighted to see a diverse range of sports clubs and organisations in Meath benefit from this record-level of sports equipment funding. There is a clear passion and interest for sport in Meath and I am delighted to see my Department support this passion and interest under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

"I want to commend our sports clubs and organisations for their incredible work, particularly our volunteers, who are the backbone of the sporting community. As Sport Minister, I am determined to ensure that the Government plays its part in facilitating sporting participation and excellence across our county and across the country, through strong investment in the facilities and equipment needed. I look forward to confirming further capital funding for the sport sector under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.”

Fianna Fail Senator Shane Cassells also commented.

“It is fantastic to see the time and effort put in every week by club members and volunteers being rewarded with this grant funding.

“Investing in sport is as critical as health, education and everything else in this country.

“Fianna Fáil in government have quadrupled the funding to sports clubs over the past four years and rightly so.

“We are a sports mad nation and in so many parishes across Meath the local GAA, soccer or rugby club is the heart beat of the town or village.

“They deserve every penny they are getting today and I am looking forward to the announcements by Minister Byrne later in the year for the larger sports capital grants.”

Full list of funding allocations':

Dunboyne Scout Group - €24,284

Ashbourne Indoor Bowls Club - €2,420

Bellewstown Golf Club - €40,000

Boyne Hockey Club - €32,685

Castletown Pitch and Putt club - €36,900

Cilles Athletic Club Sports - €7,426

Drewstown Archery Club - €23,172

Dunboyne Amateur Boxing Club - €19,464

Dunboyne Tennis Club - €9,552

Dunsany G.A.A. Club - €39,092

Dunshaughlin GAA Club - €26,353

Dunshaughlin Rockets Basketball Club - €8,952

East Meath Boxing Club - €10,645

Electro Celtic FC - €5,000

Headfort Riding Club - €14,754

Irish Field Archery Federation - €16,700

Kells Blackwater F. C.- Kells Celtic Youths FC Soccer €70,000

Kells Swimming Club - €5,000

Kildalkey GAA Club - €8,114

Kilmainham GFC - €18,050

Kilmessan Camogie Club - €25,275

Navan Arch Club - €8,918

Navan Cycling Club - €30,265

Navan O Mahonys GAA - €42,513

Park Celtic Summerhill FC - €20,000

Ratoath Athletic Club - €10,598

Robinstown FC -€10,603

Rossin Rovers Football Club - €53,438

Skryne Pitch and Putt Club - €29,500

St Brigids GFC - €8,787

St Patrick's GAA Club - €40,000

Summerhill GFC - €29,975

The Drewstown Hse Trust Ltd - €36,000

Tri An Mhi Multi Sports - €19,570

Trim Town FC - €30,582

Virginia FC - €13,585

Athletics Leinster - €76,800

Meath Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland - €10,935