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Who’s getting what? The full list of Laois recipients in this year’s Sports Capital Grants

Twenty six Laois clubs and organisations have been awarded funding totalling over €670,000 in this year’s Sports Capital Grants.

The announcement was made this morning by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin.

In total, 994 projects across the country have shared a total pot of €37 million with 37 different sports benefitting.

Laois and Offaly ETB are the biggest winners in Laois having been awarded €75,000 for a multi sport artificial playing surface. That is a project that is being developed at Portlaoise College between the school and Clonad GAA club.

A variety of sports groups around the county have been successful with their applications with the GAA featuring strongly as always.

The Heath GAA club have come in for over €63,000 for “development of gym, new playing surface and walking track” while Killeshin GAA club have received just under €60,000 for the development of their new clubhouse.

Indeed the Killeshin area has done well on this occasion with the local soccer club in line for funding of almost €25,000.

Other areas to do well include Camross – whose GAA club will receive over €54,000, Camross NS €35,000 and Killenure NS just short of €7,000.

The Rathdowney-Errill area has also done well with the Rathdowney GAA club set to get almost €18,000 and Errill in line for almost €50,000. The two clubs remain separate for administration purposes though are fully combined for hurling and are both further developing their facilities.

Portlaoise GAA club (€46,674) and the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese (€45,598) are also among the bigger recipients. The Kildare and Leighlin Diocese funding is for an all weather pitch for the new St Patrick’s boys primary school in Portarlington.

These grants, which are generally given out on an annual basis, are for sports clubs and organistions who are developing facilities for their members.

This follows on from an “equipment only” grants announcement from the same body in May of this year which saw €10million given to various groups around the country – of which 12 Laois groups came in for over €150,000.  

€75,000 – Laois and Offaly ETB

Artificial playing surface development 

€63,051 – The Heath GAA

Development of gym, new playing surface and walking track

€59,898 – Killeshin GFC 

Killeshin GFC Clubhouse 

€54,090 Camross GAA Club

Camross GAA Club Phase 3 to complete development

€48,948 Erill GAA

Erill GAA Club Ball-Wall Enclosure & fencing

€46,674 – Portlaoise GAA

Supply and installation of floodlights

€45,598 – Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Trust 

St Patricks BNS Astroturf Pitch 

€35,000 – Board of Management Camross National School

Artificial Playing Surface.Gaelic Games

€34,481 – Kilcotton GAA

Kilcotton GAA Club Sports Hall Development 

€32,165 – Portarlington Community Centre

Replacement of main sports hall roof

€30,122 – Shanahoe GAA

Astroturf playing facility, lighting and ball wall

€24,487 – Killeshin AFC

Construction of dormer Clubhouse/dressing rooms

€21,189 – O’Dempseys GFC

O’Dempseys multi-purpose fitness room 

€20,076 – Abbeyleix GAA

Abbeyleix Community Walking Track

€19,265 – Arles-Kilcruise GAA

Erect spectator fence + walk track around pitch

€17,655 – Rathdowney GAA

Secure spectator fencing of playing pitches

€14,677 – Ballyroan Abbey GAA

1km Walking track, spectator fencing, new showers

€12,973 – Lions AFC

Replacement of all weather pitch surface and goals 

€9,881 – Portarlington Golf Club

Provision of new shower facility in changing rooms

€7,673 – Portarlington Rugby Club

Indoor training facility and equipment

€6,009 – St Brigid’s Camogie

St Brigid’s Camogie and St Fergal’s College

€6,821Board of Management Killanure National School

School Playing Pitch Development

€3,803 – Laois Cricket Club 

New ground and equipment for Laois CC

€2,751Borris in Ossory GAA

Playing Feild Improvements

€2,606 – Portarlington GAA Club

Dressing Room and hall works. Ground works and equipment

€2,193 – Clonaslee Community Development Association Ltd

Upgrade of Sporting Facilities. Multi-sport

You can check out the full list from the entire country here. 

This article has been amended in reference to €75,000 grant to the LOETB. The article initially incorrectly stated that this funding was for Dunamase College and Laois Hockey Club. 

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