Over the next week, we are highlighting the six regional winners from the Sports category of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The National Lottery’s contribution to Good Causes has increased over the past three from €213 million raised in 2016 increasing to more than €228 million last year.

This equates to almost €19 million every month and about €625,000 a day of money which is raised from the games of the Lottery and put into Good causes.

Each year this money benefits around 4,000 projects that build our sense of community.

The National Lottery Good Causes Awards will be announced on Saturday, November 2nd in Dublin. They honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities.

The prize money on offer via the Awards is funded and distributed directly by the National Lottery.

The fourth of the six Sports Category winners featured today is Greystones Lawn Bowling Club in County Wicklow.

The club was founded in 1985 and is situated in a beautiful tranquil setting by the sea in Greystones.
It caters for bowlers of all ages and abilities with all made equally welcome.  The sport is competitive but can also be played socially.  It is enjoyable to play in singles or as part of a team.
The age profile tends to be a little older than most other sports though the club says that a common comment from all those who play is that they wish they had started earlier.

This is the story of what they do and how National Lottery funding has helped them.


The monies raised for Good Causes are combined with central Government funds and are used to boost vital finance streams such as the Sport Ireland High Performance and national governing body grants; the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Sports Capital Programme; HSE National Lottery grants; as well as funding distributed by both the Arts Council and Heritage Councils among many other government grant schemes.

It is important to note that the National Lottery doesn’t decide or distribute the funds directly.

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