Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has welcomed the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s decision to award Sports Capital Funding to two local sports clubs. For the first time ever, unsuccessful applicants of last year’s funding-programme were allowed to correct or amend their application instead of having to wait for the next round of Sports Capital Funding. Following a review of last year’s applications, Lucan Sarsfields GAA and Boshido Martial Arts Clondalkin are to receive €150,000 and €11,000 respectively.

Speaking on this morning’s announcement, Deputy Fitzgerald said: “I have been a loyal supporter of our sports clubs in Dublin Mid-West and have worked closely with many club members and committees in their fundraising efforts – including making representations to my colleague, Minister Brendan Griffin. “I am delighted for the members, athletes and supporters of Lucan Sarsfields and BMA Clondalkin – their success is testament to their hard work and dedication in delivering for their local communities. I have spoken directly with representatives of both clubs to congratulate them and pledged to continue my assistance to them over the coming year. I know that this funding will make a big difference to the players and coaching staff. “Minister Griffin has also informed me that this year’s Sports Capital Grants will be announced in two lots in 2019. I would encourage sports clubs, schools and local organisations to begin thinking and preparing projects that may be suitable for this very important scheme.