Ardee Concert Band, Ardee Guides and Ardee Foroige Club are to benefit from new funding announced today by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone – to the tune of a total of €14,300.
Zappone, the Minister for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs announced that a total of €237,000 is to be granted to 57 clubs in Co. Louth under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.
The Scheme was developed to support the work of volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.
The Youth section of the Ardee Concert Band have been granted €5,000 – while the Ardee Guides and Ardee Foroige Club have been granted €4,495.12 and €4,757.06 respectively. Reaghstown Youth gGroup have been awarded €4,800.
Founded in 1860, Ardee Concert Band is the third oldest concert band in Ireland. In over 150 years in operation, they have achieved much and received wide acclaim in Ardee, Louth and beyond.
The first meeting of the relatively new Ardee Foroige Youth Club took place at the DeeHub in Ardee back in February. The Ardee Girl Guides is a uniquely girl-only, youth-driven, active and dynamic organisation. It offers a varied and exciting programme for girls and young women aged 5-30, and opportunities for leaders of all ages.
“Earlier in the year I called on all local youth clubs to contact the LMETB after details of the funding stream were announced. The Scheme was administered through the Louth Meath Education and Training Board and my sincere thanks goes to all of the team who helped our local youth clubs make their applications this year,” Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd said today.
“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them.
“The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities.”
“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community,” he continued.
“What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for,” Zappone said in a statement.
“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group,” she added.