A total of €63,000 has been awarded in grants for Athy water sports.
Dep Martin Heydon welcomed confirmation that the funding has been allocated from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
“The application by Kildare Sports Partnership sought to provide for the purchase and supply of equipment, as well as specific training and the engagement of a dedicated hub coordinator,” he said.
“I have always believed that we should have a shared state of the art facility for all groups who use our waterways in Athy as part of the overall Dominican site redevelopment.”
Kildare Sports Partnership and Kildare County Council share that vision to develop a Water Based Sports Hub in Athy.
He said the hub would work with the natural resources of the River Barrow and the Grand Canal waterway at Athy.
“A suitable site, fit for purpose with waterfront access and available parking has already been identified as part of the Dominican site, that would also act as a natural half way point on the exciting Barrow Blueway, this is a project I will continue to work towards,” he added.
"Water based activities in Athy have been growing and are ideally placed to make maximum use of the great resources that Athy has on its doorstep. Today's is an important announcement which can lead to further development of a combined concept down the line.”