Over the past week, we have been 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 fifth of the six Sports Category winners featured today is the Dalkey Scuba Divers from South County Dublin

The club provides a facility for scuba diving within sight of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and apart from the hobby element, a number of members take part in search and rescue operations along the coast.
The club used its Good Causes funding to purchase new scuba diving equipment for the use of trainees during their initial dive training, together with a defibrillator and breathing oxygen for deep dives.
It was founded in 1976 and dives twice a week and often more in the summer.  Most of the dives take place in the Dalkey area with the Muglins, a rocky area just behind Dalkey Island a particular favourite.
The club members often share underwater photography that reveals the depth of life that exists hidden from view just beside where the busy world keeps going about its daily business.

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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