Seven Projects Secure €5 Million Funding to Next Stage

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park into a community Stadium to be shared by Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC has moved a step closer with the grant of €918,750 towards the next phase of the project.

Dalymount is seen as one of the legacy projects to be created by Ireland’s hosting of this year’s Euro 2020 Finals and is backed by Dublin City Council and the FAI.

This funding is part of an allocation of just under €5 million as part of the Government Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Seven projects from the 36 that had applied have been selected to move to the next stage.

Joining Dalymount are Regional Sports Campuses in Thurles, Letterkenny, Cavan and Roscommon, the first phase of a new multi-sport Indoor Sports Centre at the Technological University of Dublin and a National Watersports Campus for Dun Laoghaire.

The last-named is backed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who also secured funding for two major new projects involving multi-sports use in Dundrum and Ballyogan in the Stream Two funding of €77 million that was announced on Friday and covered in detail on Sport for Business.

It will include a mixed-use space in Dun Laoghaire Harbour which can be used to host international sailing championships, swimming, triathlon, canoeing and rowing events.

Part of the plan is an enhanced high-performance coaching centre as well as accommodation for sporting National Governing Bodies.

The project has gained funding of €441,893 to move to the next stage and is backed by the Council and by Irish Sailing and the Irish Underwater Council.

The Regional Sports Campus in Thurles is backed by Tipperary County Council, Tipperary GAA, Tennis Ireland and the Limerick Institute of Technology. It will consist of two new floodlit pitches, a running trail, eight tennis courts including six on a clay surface that will be covered and other elements.

A similar facility in Cavan has been given €837,680 and will include indoor and outdoor pitches as well as an athletics track.

In Letterkenny, Donegal County Council is joined by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Cricket Ireland and Letterkenny Institute of technology in the development of a facility with multiple grass and 4G floodlit pitches, a cricket wicket, a walking trail with outdoor gym and a cross country route.

Roscommon’s centre is hoped to have a mix of indoor and outdoor pitches, a perimeter trail for walking and more.

The grants announced today represent the successful Stream 1 proposals which are applications seeking funding towards the cost of developing projects to the point that an application for construction work can be submitted in the future. If each of the seven projects does run through to a conclusion the estimated overall cost will be in excess of €150 million.

They would be added to the work on 25 other projects including the redevelopment of the Sportsgrounds in Galway that was announced last week.

“The successful applicants were decided following a rigorous assessment process with the highest scoring applications receiving grant offers,” said the Department.

“All applications under the fund had to be supported by a National Governing Body for Sport (NGB) or a Local Authority. The priority given to projects by the relevant NGB(s) or local authority was one of the key determinants of the assessment score along with factors such as the likelihood of increasing sports participation, how the proposed project would improve high performance and whether the proposed development would benefit spectators.”

Among the projects to miss out on funding were a joint submission by Cork City Council and UCC to develop a new sports park and a submission by South Dublin County Council and Dublin GAA to develop a new centre at the Spawell in Templeogue.

“We were delighted to announce significant funding for major sports facilities in recent days,” said Minister Shane Ross.

“It is well established that participation in sport plays a significant role in improving people’s health and wellbeing. It is particularly important to get our young people involved in sports and to do so, we must have good quality, safe and attractive sports facilities.”

“The grants we are announcing today in addition to the 25 grants announced on Friday last, will help deliver state-of-the-art facilities across the country and across a variety of sports.”

“We know that sporting success at high-performance level has the ability to lift the spirits of entire communities,” added Minister of State Brendan Griffin.

“To achieve this high-level success however, we need to invest in facilities across the country to nurture these talents. Enhanced investment in sports facilities has been a key policy objective of the Government and this commitment has been borne out by the recent allocations under the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund but also through our continued investment in the Sports Capital Programme.”

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