DEPUTY Enda Kenny has said that over €1.6 million in funding will greatly benefit sports clubs across the county over the coming year.
The Fine Gael TD was speaking as the successful applications under the Sports Capital Grants were announced by the Minister of State with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
Deputy Kenny said: “I am delighted to see this much-needed funding going to the places it will really make a big difference - our local sports clubs.
“This funding will benefit nearly 70 clubs all over the county. Active engagement in sports not only helps keep young people healthy, but also builds confidence, independence and promotes team building.
“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.
“It represents an excellent value for money investment. It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity on the rise.
“Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically,” said the former Taoiseach.
The successful Mayo applicants are: 2nd Mayo Westport Scout Group, 9th Mayo Claremorris Scout Group, Achill Boxing Club, Achill GAA Club/CLG Acla, Achill Rovers FDAC, Achill Wheelers Cycling Club, Ardagh GAA Club, Ardnaree Boxing Club, Balla Golf Club, Ballina Golf Club, Ballina Rugby Football Club, Ballina Town FC, Ballinrobe Boxing Club, Ballycastle GAA Club, Ballyglass Association Football & Social Club Ltd, Ballyhaunis Boxing Club, Ballyhaunis GAA Club, Ballyhaunis Golf Club, Ballyhaunis RFC, Ballyhaunis Town FC, Ballyheane Community Sports Club Ltd, Burrishoole Community Partnership Ltd, Burrishoole GAA Club, Carne Nash Sporting Club Ltd, Castlebar Celtic FC, Castlebar Golf Club, Castlebar Mitchels GAA Club, CBD Sports Complex & Gym, Charlestown Athletic Football Club, Clare Island Sports Ground 2006 Limited, Claremorris Athletics & Sports Club Ltd, Claremorris Boxing Club, Claremorris Colts Rugby Football Club, Claremorris Golf Club, Claremorris Lawn Tennis Club, Claremorris Soccer and Social Club Ltd, Claremorris SPLC Ltd, CLG Tuar Mhic Eadaigh (Tourmakeady GAA Club), Crossmolina AFC, Garrymore GAA, Graine Mhaol Dragon Boat Club, Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club Ltd, Irishtown Community Development Ltd, Islandeady Cycling Club, Islandeady GAA Club, Killasser Community Centre Limited, Kilmaine Community Recreational Trust Company CLG, Kiltimagh GAA Club, Knockmore GAA Club, Lacken GAA Club, Lecanvey Community Centre Ltd, Mayo County Council (for the Belleek greenway in Ballina and Westport Leisure Park), Moy Valley Athletic Club, Naionra Bhaile Chruaich Teo, Partry Athletic FC, South Area Youth Service, St Anne's Sports & Recreational Club, St Colman's College, St Patrick's GAA Club in Westport, Swinford Golf Club, Turasoireacht Iorras Teo, Westport Golf Club, Westport Karate Club, Westport Rugby Club, Westport Sports Complex Ltd, Westport United Community Soccer Club Limited, Whitefriar Archery Club.