Sport Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State for Sport Brendan Griffin announced €4m in allocations for regional projects yesterday (Thursday 21 December), in addition to the €56m grants for local projects announced last month.
“To achieve our objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible and to ensure that our sports stars can compete at the highest level, we need to have the appropriate facilities in place,” said Minister Ross.
Among aquatic sports, canoeing was a major beneficiary of this year’s regional allocations, with Canoeing Ireland receiving three separate grants.
A sum of €13,500 has been allocated to develop a Dublin canoeing programme, while €21,500 will go towards a canoe polo programme in the capital, and €4,000 will fund the development of wild water racing in the city.
Rowing Ireland receives the biggest share of watersport awards, €66,500 for a floating launch house and pontoon in Cork.
Golden Falls Water Ski Club will get €30,500 for the development of a regional water skiing facility in Kildare.
In other awards, the Dublin-based Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation gets €17,500 for boat and wakeboard obstacles, and the Munster Regional Trout Angling Council has netted €2,000 for angling training and the purchase of safety equipment.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Irish Sailing is encouraging the nation’s yacht and boat clubs to try to keep their share of €1.1 million in local Sports Capital grants within Ireland.