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Ardee clubs granted over €325,000 in Capital Sports funds

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Brendan Kerin, Mickey Rooney and Alan Keenan from Ardee St Marys with Peter Fitzpatrick TD.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee St Marys are to receive €115,000 from the 2017 Sports Capital Grant it was revealed today, helping them along the way with their Vision 2020 Development Plan. In total, clubs local to Ardee have received €329, 000 in grant awards.

Hunterstown Rovers, Stabannon Parnells, Ardee Celtic and Square United have also been granted sizeable sums in the tranche of government spending. Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick revealed on social media on Wednesday that €1.6 million was available for distribution amongst clubs in Louth.

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In total, €55,831,000 has been granted to clubs nationwide.

The Marys have secured more funding than anyone else in the county – bar Sean O’Mahonys. Their €115,000 will go towards realising their Vision 2020 Development Plan – which includes a new kicking wall, a walking/running track and an upgrade of floodlights at Pairc Muire.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Wednesday, vice-chairman Alan Keenan said the projects were “shovel ready.” The club want to provide a community facility that will cover the south side of the town, a place where club members and non-members can enjoy and avail of.

“We are delighted,” Keenan added. He also thanked Deputy Fitzpatrick for his help and assistance during the application process. Pictured below are Ardee St Marys Development Officer Brendan Kerin with his son Charlie, Peter Fitzpatrick TD, Ardee St Marys chairman Mickey Rooney and vice-chairman Alan Keenan.

Hunterstown Rovers have been granted €62,000 of government money for developing their existing pitch and the additional of a new 3G surface at Pairc Baile Fiach. Stabannon Parnells are just one of three clubs in Louth who have received a six figure sum. They have been granted €105,000 for floodlights and a community walkway. Their grant will also costs of a new pitch mower.

Local soccer clubs Ardee Celtic and Square United have also received grants. The Townspark based club have been allocated €35,500 for equipment and the additional of a 3G surface. Square have received €11,500.

The funding programme returned in 2017 having not been made available last year. Just €30 million was allocated to the scheme but that was almost doubled in October’s Budget to meet what Minister Shane Ross called “extraordinary demand.”

The Sports Capital Programme targets relatively small, local, projects and this year saw the highest ever number of applications received. More than 2,300 clubs and other sporting associations and organisations have sought grants under the Sports Capital Programme in 2017. It is thought a total of €155 worth of funding was sought by clubs.

€41 million was allocated to the scheme in 2015 with several local sports clubs benefitting. Ardee Rugby Club and Westerns GFC were granted €55,000 and €52,000 respectively. Ardee Celtic were awarded €15,000 in funding while Cuchulainn Archers got €7,000.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Wednesday, councillor Jim Tenanty welcomed the funding.

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