We have covered elsewhere this morning the success of Rugby in securing the biggest wins from the Government’s Large Scale Sporting Infrastructure Funding and of the collaborative success behind the top-scoring applicant the St Thomas’s Multisport Complex in Dundrum.

In total though there were twenty-five projects successful to at least some degree from the 34 projects that were originally submitted.

Outside of the two headline Rugby projects the next biggest single project was for the construction of a high-performance athletics indoor training facility and resurfacing of the existing outdoor track at the Cork Institute of Technology, a project backed by Cork City Council and Athletics Ireland.

The submission was for funding of €12.3 million and they got €9.225 million.

Athletics Ireland will also have been raising its arms in celebration for getting €1.25 million for the construction of a Regional Athletics Hub in Newcastle West in partnership with Limerick City and County Councils.


The reach of the GAA and its impact on so many individuals in so many communities always means it will perform well when it comes to grants like those made available for infrastructure development.

The ability to bring together different organisations by virtue of the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association operating as separate bodies is also a plus when it comes to collaboration.

Four Gaelic Games projects have been greenlighted with funding totalling €17 million going to major projects redeveloping Walsh Park in Waterford, Pairc Tailteann in Navan and St Conleth’s Stadium in Newbridge, as well as Renville Sports and Community Centre in Galway.

Galway struck Gold in a number of ways from this announcement with another €8 million earmarked for the Galway Regional Aquatic and Fitness Centre as part of an application by Galway City Council and Swim Ireland.

Another €750,000 has been allocated to the creation of a multi-use games area and multi-purpose training area for a variety of sports and activities at the East Galway Sports Campus.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown secured its second major win with €5 million going to the construction of a new Sports Building catering for multiple sports at the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus (pictured above). The Council does include parts of Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross which will give rise to some raised eyebrows but the scoring was done before any political oversight was granted and this project caters for a lack of multi-sports facilities in one of the most densely populated and fastest-growing areas of population in the country.

This need was identified in a project which Sport for Business assisted with as part of the County’s longe term development of a policy for sports development.


Cork County Council was also successful in its bid with Rowing Ireland to gain funding for development work at the National Rowing Centre.

“The National Rowing Centre is our centre of community and excellence of our sport in Ireland and will greatly benefit the training of our HP Olympic athletes and our showcase event of the year the Irish Championships,” said Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter.

Meath, Louth, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Sligo County Councils gained funding ranging from €300,000 to €2 million for projects including in athletics, swimming and multi-sport facilities.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association has been granted €300,000 towards the upgrading of facilities at the National Stadium.

The other main amount has been set aside for development of a Munster Centre of Excellence by the FAI at Glanmire in Cork. This money can only be drawn down though when the FAI has satisfied conditions relating to governance and financial management as widely covered on Sport for Business over recent months.

The fac that the project was granted the funding though is a positive sign as a number of other football projects were overlooked in this tranche.

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