Massive cash windfall for Kerry sport

Grant aid of over €2.5 million has been announced for 42 sports projects in Kerry under the Sports Capital Programme, administered by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism under Minister John O`Donoghue. The largest allocation of €300,000 will go to St Marys GAA in Caherciveen.25 of the projects to receive funding are in south Kerry, 16 are in north Kerry and €50,000 has been allocated to support the countywide work of the Kerry District League. Waterville Gaelic Athletic Club and Glenbeigh Sports Hall Committee will each receive €165,000 and €150,000 is to go to Listowel Celtic Soccer Club.Grants of €100,000 have been awarded to Ballyduff GAA club, Castlemaine Community services group, the cyms community hall in Killorglin, Dr Crokes GAA club, Killarney Legion GAA Club, and St Patricks GAA club in Blennerville. Other beneficaries include Austin Stacks GAA club, Listowel Emmets, Cumann Iosaef, the Institute of Technology in Tralee, Renard GAA and Tralee Tennis Club which have each received allocations in excess of €70,000. The remaining projects have received grant aid of between €2,000 and €60,000.Minister O`Donoghue said the funding was a contribution to support the extraordinary effort being made by thousands of volunteers in sports clubs and organisations, in providing services and opportunities to people in their own localities. The north Kerry allocations have been welcomed by Deputy Tom McEllistrim. However, local TD and Fine Gael`s spokesperson on Sport, Jimmy Deenihan wants the Minister to confirm whether or not a supplementary allocation will be made available later in the year. He says it`s disappointing that there is a €7 million reduction in sports capital funding this year.