Hockey Ireland welcome over €2m from Sports Capital Programme

Hockey Ireland has welcomed the allocation of over €2 million for 23 projects in 12 different counties from the Sports Capital Programme.

They were among 1,900 successful applications announced today by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers, as part of an overall package of €150 million.

The announcements today on the capital grants by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers T.D. are fantastic news for hockey, said Hockey Ireland CEO Jerome Pels, welcoming the news. 

“The development of our playing infrastructure is key to the success of the Hockey Ireland strategy to grow the game and the number of players.  This support comes at a time of significant growth in hockey and will have a real positive impact on the quality of our hockey facilities and programmes.”

Among the projects, the allocation features provision for a first ever astroturf pitch in both Carlow at Leo’s College and Laois at Dunamase College. Both are set to receive €300,000 while the long-awaited new pitch in Galway at Miller’s Lane got the go-ahead with support of close to €180,000.

In total, hockey projects in Donegal, Galway, Laois, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Meath, Tipperary, Offaly and Waterford will benefit.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, said: “Sport is crucial for all communities in Ireland. There was a record number of applications for these grants and the government responded with the most significant level of individual awards ever.

“So this is a great day for sports clubs and community groups right around the country and I want to congratulate all of the successful applicants.

“It has been a tough two years for many sports clubs but the pandemic really demonstrated the importance of sport for our collective wellbeing. The grants we are announcing today will significantly improve sports facilities in every county. There is a huge variety of different sports covered and I was particularly pleased that the scoring system placed an even greater emphasis on female participation.”

County Organisation Project Title Provisional

Grant Allocation €

Carlow St Leo’s College Phased Upgrading of Hockey Pitch 300,000
Clare Ennis Hockey Club Ennis Hockey Club Equipment Grant Project 4,624
Cork Clonakilty Community Sports Association CCSA all weather hockey/multi-sport pitch . 150,000
Cork Cork Harlequins Club Upgrading Floodlights to LED 80,391
Donegal The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Replacement of Astroturf & LED Lights 186,169
Dublin Glenanne Trust Corp Ltd 2020 – Upgrade pitch floodlight system to LED lights 40,000
Dublin Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Loreto Order 2020 – Essential pitch maintenance equipment 13,090
Dublin Old Alex Ladies Hockey Club 2020 – Equipment Grant OSCAR 15,111
Dublin Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club 2020 – Pembroke Wanderers HC – Centre of Excellence 150,000
Dublin Portrane Hockey Club 2020 – Equipment project 2021 7,850
Dublin Railway Union Sports Club 2020 – Multi Sport All Weather Hockey Pitch 150,000
Dublin SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL 2020 – Weston Hockey Pitch Re-Surfacing 150,000
Dublin Suttonians Hockey Club 2020 – Sports Equipment for Suttonians Hockey Club 8,000
Galway Connacht Hockey Promote Women in Sports through Hockey in Connacht 38,781
Galway GALWAY CITY COUNCIL 2020 – Synthetic Hockey Pitch at Millers Lane 178,654
Laois Laois and Offaly ETB Regional Hockey Pitch at Dunamase College 300,000
Meath Boyne Hockey Club Boyne hockey- Growing Hockey in the North East 39,180
Offaly Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club Phase 2 Tullamore Harriers Upgrade – Astro Pitch 140,099
Tipperary Nenagh Hockey Club Basic equipment for hockey training and promotion 10,966
Tipperary Presentation Secondary School (Thurles) Upgrade Outdoor Basketball Courts 50,533
Waterford Waterford Hockey Club Sports Equipment 40,527
Wicklow Loreto Bray Community Sports Project Replacement of Security Fencing 18,215