7 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Fifteen sporting organisations across the county are set to receive a cash boost of over €320,000 in sports capital grants announced by Minister for Sport Michael Ring.
A total of €322.736 has been allocated for a number of clubs in the county with grants ranging from €1,200 to €60,000.
The organisations receiving the most funding are Blayney Rovers F.C and Killeevan Sarsfields GAA Club which will each benefit from €60,000.
They are followed by Scotstown GAA Club which has been granted €50,000, St Tiarnach’s GAA, Clones will benefit from €45,000 while Currin GFC is set to receive €40,000. Bawn Area Community Groups and Glaslough Harriers Athletic Club will each be boosted by €20,000.
The remaining organisations that have been granted money are:

Carrickmacross Town Council – €14,000
Castleblayney Hurling Club – €4,000
Emyvale Handball Club – €1,200
Errigal Truagh Special Needs – €2,400
Monaghan Table Tennis Development – €1,536
Sliabh Beagh Amateur Swimming Club – €14,000
Smithboro Community Games – €1,600
St Mellan’s Handball Club – €9,000

MEP for Monaghan Jim Higgins has warmly welcomed the funding boost stating that he was delighted that the government recognised the importance of sport in a community.
“Although times are tough at the moment, I am delighted that the government recognises how important sport is to the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities. It plays a huge part in diverting young people from crime, and it also ensures that we keep obesity levels at bay, even though much more work has to be done in this area.”
He added that the benefits of this round of sports capital grants for improving sporting facilities for young and old would be felt for years to come.

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