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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

Offaly benefits from over €450,000 in funding for sports equipment

I am delighted news that sports clubs in Offaly have benefited from over €450,000 in funding for equipment in the latest round of grants from the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP)

I want to pay tribute to the diligent and sterling work done by countless volunteers around the county in making this possible.


18 clubs across the length and breadth of the county will receive payments ranging from €990 to the top award of €62,500 to Tullamore Canoe Club

This is just reward for the countless hours that are put in by club volunteers to help these clubs thrive.


Offaly’s famous sporting tradition and culture is rightly treasured by everyone here in the county, and it’s also reflected in the popularity and range of our sporting clubs.


16 different sporting disciplines are represented in the list of clubs that will benefit from this funding, while active players of all ages, genders and abilities are catered for in the clubs involved.

I want to congratulate all the beneficiaries of today’s announcement, and whish them continued success in their endeavours, on and off the field.


These clubs are successful due to the commitment of all those volunteers that put in the time in administration roles, maintenance, coaching and everything else that’s involved, and I want to thank these people for what they do, and the vital role they play in enriching the lives of all their club members and the people of Offaly generally.


In total, over €26 million in equipment grants were announced by Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Thomas Byrne T.D., Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht.


The allocations announced today under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme are in response to equipment-only applications which sporting organisations submitted. Over 900 sports groups were successful in their applications for various types of equipment, while 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.


The clubs that received funding in Offaly are as follows:


Birr RFC: Upgrade of rugby specific training equipment - €2,334

Durrow GAA: Maintenance equipment and gym equipment - €45,736

Erry Pitch’n’Putt Club: Upgrading of old machinery - €40,000

Gracefield GAA: New Scoreboard - €10,786

Irish Parachute Club: Replace end of life sport parachute equipment - €45,000

Killeigh Schoolboys/girls Soccer Club: Maintenance equipment - €27,564

Lynx Cycling Club: Bike boxes - €2,090

Midland United Powerchair FC: Power football chairs and trailer - €44,632

Naomh Ciaran LGFA: Sports Equipment - €4,200

Offaly Athletics: Athletic and storage equipment - €26,313

Portarlington Golf Club: Tees Mower - €40,000

Rhode LGFA: Non-personal training equipment - €990

Shinrone Camogie Club: Robotic Lawnmower: €30,403

Tullamore Basketball Club: Non-personal equipment for training and games - €9,000

Tullamore Canoe Club: Canoe Polo Equipment - €62,500

Tullamore Hockey Club: Equipment - €1,560

Tullamore Sports Link: Pitch Mower - €35,927

Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club: Competition Standard Hurdles - €24,281


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