Irish sailing clubs are among 1,700 sports clubs nationwide receiving €56m in the latest round of sports capital grants, it was confirmed this morning. (Download the full list of grants awarded below).
30 sailing clubs throughout the country will share over a million in funding.
Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is one of the biggest sailing club recipients with a grant of €142,375 for Increasing women and teenagers participation in the sport. The east pier club is the home of Rio Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy.
Also in Dun Laoghaire, the country's bggest sailing centre, the Irish National Sailing Club (Locaste) got €40,058 for the renewal of sailing equipment and the purchase of new boats.
The Royal St. George Yacht Club (RSGYC) got €31,228 for a Firefly dinghy renewal programme, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club got €18,515 for the purchase of a 5m RIB and capstan winch. The Royal Irish Yacht Club got €25,000 for its safety and support fleet. Dublin Bay Sailing Club got €11,236
In Cork Harbour, Royal Cork Yacht Club were awarded €13,000 for support craft for teaching water sports
The programme is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level.
'This funding will give make a considerable impact on access to sailing in regional clubs, as well as help develop and improve sailing facilities. The pay back is the physical and mental benefits of sailing to local communities, ' according to an Irish Sailing spokesperson.
The 2017 round for applications closed in February with a record number of 2,320 received.
Around the coast – and on lakes and rivers too – sailing clubs shared in the distribution of the captial funds.
In Limerick, Foynes Yacht Club was awarded €16,500 for Physically Disabled Sailing. Sligo Yacht Club got €8,000 for its 'Try A Sail' and 'Inclusion for All' project.
In Tipperary, Lough Derg Yacht Club was awarded €4,000 for its access for all programme.
In Westmeath, Lough Ree Yacht Club got €12,500 to replace destroyed electrics and to buy two boats.
In West Cork, Glandore Harbour Yacht Club has €16,000 for a new clubhouse roof & canopy.
Minister Shane Ross said at the announcement: "This is a great day for Irish sport. When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed.
"Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country.
"The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1,700 different projects all over the country.
"The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental health, and these new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible.
"The grants are also excellent news for our communities both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion."
A further €4m has been set aside for regional grants. These allocations are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
|Killaloe Sailing Club||Sail Training Dinghies for Children and Teenagers||€6,000|
|Bantry Bay Sailing Club Bantry Bay Sailing Club||Club Development||€23,000|
|Bere Island Projects Group Ltd||Bringing Sailing back to Bere Island||€11,000|
|Glandore Harbour Yacht Club||New clubhouse roof & canopy over adjacent yard||€16,000|
|Kinsale Yacht Club Company Ltd||Rigid Inflatable boat (RIB) for training & safety||€8,000|
|Monkstown Bay Sailing Club||Changing rooms renovation & engine upgrade||€8,000|
|Royal Cork Yacht Club||Support Craft for teaching water sports||€13,000|
|Schull Harbour sailing Club Ltd S||RIB – Dinghy Sailing & Cruiser Crewing||€18,000|
|Clontarf Yacht & Boat||Club upgrade facilities for equality of access at CYBC||€136,943|
|Dublin Bay Sailing Club||Sports Equipment||€11,236|
|Malahide Yacht Club||Essential Rescue Equipment||€61,200|
|Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club||Dublin City Community Sailing||€150,000|
|Royal Irish Yacht Club||Safety and support fleet||€25,000|
|Rush Sailing Club||Expansion & Refurb of changing & toilet facilities||€130,381|
|Sailing in Dublin Club Ltd||Keelboat for racing and training||€20,000|
|The National Yacht Club||Increasing Women and Teenagers participation||€142,375|
|The Royal St. George Yacht Club RSGYC||Club Firefly Dinghy Renewal||€31,228|
|Galway Bay Sailing Club Ltd||RIB Purchase||€14,000|
|Galway City Sailing Club||Sailing dinghies & Safety Boat for shared sailing||€17,500|
|Foynes Yacht Club||Sailing in Foynes for Physically Disabled||€16,500|
|Oriel Sailing Club||Purchase of sailing equipment||€6,000|
|Mullaghmore Sailing Centre ltd.||Sailing boatsRescue boat engines, Club Refurb.||€11,500|
|Sligo Yacht Club Ltd||‘Try A Sail’ and Inclusion for All, Project||€8,000|
|Lough Derg Yacht Club||School sailing and access4all programme||€4,000|
|Waterford Harbour Sailing Club||New Rescue/Safety RIBs & Dinghies||€34,000|
|Lough Ree Yacht Club||Replace Destroyed Electrics. Buy 2 Boats||€12,500|
|Blessington Sailing Club||Community growth project||€15,000|
|Bray Sailing Club||Growing sailing in the community||€19,591|
|Greystones Sailing Club||Development boats||€10,000|
|Wicklow Sailing Club||Rescue Craft and Storage||€46,000|