#sportsgrants – Two of Ireland's biggest yacht clubs shared top awards in a €500,000 payout to 16 Irish Sailing Clubs in the Government's Sports Capital Programme announced last week. The full list of beneficiaries is below.
Dublin's Howth Yacht Club and National Yacht Club both got €77,000 in the Governments main vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.
National Yacht Club Commodore Larry Power says his Dublin Bay club, one of the top six yacht clubs in the country, 'is privileged to receive this high level of funding from the Sports Capital Programme'. Power says the money will be spent on an upgrade of club boats to 'enhance the NYC status as a local community club in Dun Laoghaire'.
In Howth, Commodore Brian Turvey says the north Dublin Club 'intends to use this valuable and most welcome grant on the development of keelboat sailing', youth academy and HYC's own 'introduction to sailing' programme.
The Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring announced grants of €40.5 million for 880 sports projects across the country last week, sailing getting a small share in the divvy up. The Sports Capital Programme is the Government's main vehicle to distribute funds. The facilities being funded range from small-scale equipment grants, to regionally significant centres of sporting excellence.
2014 Sports Captial Grant Allocations
Crookhaven Harbour Sailing Club € 32,000.00
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club € 12,000.00
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club € 29,063.00
Dublin Bay Sailing Club € 23,778.00
Howth Sailing and Boating Club € 33,635.00
Howth Yacht Club € 77,000.00
Malahide Yacht Club € 44,149.00
Sailing in Dublin € 25,000.00
Skerries Sailing Club € 10,552.00
Swords Sailing and Boating Club € 11,646.00
National Yacht Club € 77,902.00
Tralee Bay Sailing Club € 20,000.00
Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club € 56,000.00
Blessington Sailing Club € 24,000.00
Bray Sailing Club € 18,000.00
Greystones Sailing Club € 9,000.00