Over €2.8m in Sports Capital Grants for 73 Kildare clubs

Successful grant applications

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue



Over €500k Kildare sports grants windfall

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Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has said that 73 Kildare Sports Clubs are to receive €2,803,304 in Sports Capital Grants.  The details were confirmed to him yesterday (Wednesday) by Minister of State with responsibility for Sport Brendan Griffin.

 The allocation to these Kildare clubs is part of the national scheme where almost €56m has been allocated to 1,700 clubs all around the Country.  This announcement is a great boost to the 73 clubs in Co. Kildare who have big plans to improve their facilities for the benefit of local communities the length and breadth of Co. Kildare.

 “There was an unprecedented number of applications this year with 2,320 sports clubs applying for almost €155m in grants.  Initially the funding allocated to the programme was €30m but due to the large demand, both Minister Brendan Griffin and Minister Shane Ross fought for additional funding in the budget which increased the total amount available to almost €60m.  While this process delayed the timing of the final announcements, it has meant that we can improve the allocations and provide clubs with closer to what they applied for.

 “Since 1998, €911 million has been spent on vital sporting facilities in large and small communities. It has made a huge difference to sportingorganisations in Kildare and around the Country, many of which would be otherwise unable to raise funding for necessary infrastructure. I was delighted when the scheme was reintroduced in 2012, having been scrapped in 2008 when the economic crisis hit. We were also able to introduce a scheme in 2014-15 and we have been able to do so again in 2017.


“I have engaged with many sporting organisations in Kildare South as part of this process and I look forward to assisting them with their ambitious plans that will now be government funded and improve the sporting facilities across Kildare.”

 The total list of Kildare Sports Clubs and their successful allocations is below:
Allenwood Boys National School - Convert grass field to astroturf at Allenwood BNS - €17,000
Allenwood Celtic - Sanding, fertilisation and aeration of 5 pitches - €10,500
Ardclough GAA Club - Ardclough Gaa Grounds and Coaching Dev - €1,500
Athgarvan GAA Club - Development of Playing Facilities - €19,500
Athgarvan pitch and putt club - Upgrade clubhouse at Athgarvan Pitch&Putt - €4,000
Athy Dragon Boat Club - Purchase of Dragon boats & equipment - €13,500
Athy Recreational Community Hall - Refurbishment of Hall - €62,500
Athy Rowing and Canoeing Club - Junior Kayaking - €22,785
Athy Town AFC - Athy Town pitch redevelopment - €9,500
Ballymore Eustace GAA Club - Grant Submission 2017 - Pitch Mower Replacement - €4,000
BBC United FC - Health, safety and ground improvements - €5,500
Bushido Martial Arts, Leixlip - Bushido Martial Academy Upgrade and Fit Out - €4,000
Cappagh GAA Club - Construction of second pitch - €71,500
Caragh GFC - Security Fencing; Exercise Track; Outdoor Gym - €61,500
Caragh Indoor Bowls - Equipment Upgrade and Purchase of Defibrillator - €2,000
Carbury GAA Club - Training pitch development at coonagh - €57,500
Castle Villa AFC - Castle Villa AFC Capital Investment Programme - €400
Castledermot GAA - Mower for cutting pitch - €7,500
Castledermot Pitch & Putt Club - Equipment to maintain the Pitch & Putt Club - €5,000
Castlemitchell GFC - Installation of Flood Lights - €46,000
Celbridge And DistrictLTC - Gents Shower and toilet refurbishment - €10,500
Celbridge Athletic Club - Indoor Facility, 400m tarmac track & floodlights - €67,000
Celbridge Community Centre LTD - Sports Centre and Gym Equipment upgrade - €5,500
Cill Dara Golf Club - Purchase of Mower and upgrade of heating system - €11,000
Clane Boxing Club - clane boxing club equipment reqruirements - €5,500
Clane Lawn Tennis Club - Upgrade Tennis Courts & Extension of Games Room - €105,000
Clane RFC - Clane Rugby Football Club Facilities Development - €40,500
Clongorey Community Association Ltd - Structure repair & establish disabled amenities - €53,000
Coill Dubh AFC - Coill Dubh AFC soccer club dressing rooms - €38,000
Coill Dubh Hurling Club - Coill Dubh Facilities Development - Phase 2 - €62,500
Eadestown GAA - Eadestown Gaa Upgrade Facilities - €41,000
Edenderry Rugby Football Club - Drainage & Surface Development of 3 Rugby Pitches - €61,500
EIRE OG CORRA CHOILL ATHLETIC CLUB - Storage, Portable Lighting and Sports Equipment - €5,100
Eire Og Corra Choill Hurling Club - Floodlighting installation and hurling wall build - €72,500
Grangenolvin GFC -  Existing Clubhouse refurbishment and Dugouts - €11,000
JOHNSTOWNBRIDGE Football Club - Installation of all weather sand based grass pitch - €83,500
Kilcock Canoe Polo Club - Canoe Polo Equipment - €39,519
Kilcullen GAA - Dugouts & Ball Stop Netting - €9,500
Kildangan GAA (Kildare) - Capital Grant for Lawnmower - €11,500
Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Trust -  Sallins NS All-weather Field Development - €83,500
Kildare County Council - Kilcock Multi-Purpose Community and Sports Centre - €80,000
Kildare County Council - Installation of gym equip in Newbridge Sports - €80,000
Kildare County Council - Synthetic Sprint Lanes and High Jump development - €55,500
Kildare Sports and Leisure Facilities Ltd- Installation of gym equipment at K Leisure Athy - €99,500
Kill GAA Club - Extension by developing our senior pitches. - €84,500