Early Christmas for Athy sports

Athy received an early Christmas present last week when it received thousands of euros in sports capital funding for local projects.

Athy received an early Christmas present last week when it received thousands of euros in sports capital funding for local projects.

Under the Sports Capital Funding from the Department of Tourism and Sport, Kildare was allocated €1.1m, working out at €5.50 per person.

For Athy, €100,000 was allocated to the Athy Rugby Club, €96,000 for Athy College, €100,000 for Grangenolvin GFC and € 2,000 for Athy Town Council’s redevelopment of People’s Park.

Cathairleach of Athy Cllr Mark Wall welcomed the news.

“In these current times every bit of funding is welcomed. We are delighted. This money will benefit the entire community here,” he said.

“Unfortunately not every club was allocated funding but in the future applications might be successful. This will be money well spent. It will protect and improve our sporting facilities. And the €42,000 for the redevelopment of People’s Park is long overdue.”

Speaking to the Leader, Athy Rugby Club President Aideen Treacy said they were delighted. “We very much appreciate the funding.” The club caters for 300 people, from U6s to Over 35s. It hopes to use the funding to upgrade its changing facilities.

- Lisa Deeney