Minister Jack Chambers and Minister Robert Troy meeting with representatives of Athlone Tennis Club who received €97k in funding for the development of additional courts

Westmeath GAA and Athlone Town among big beneficiaries from latest sports capital grants

Over €3.3m has been announced in Sports Capital Grants today for sports clubs and organisations in Westmeath.

The two largest single allocations were made to Westmeath GAA and Athlone Town FC. The former is to receive €300,000 for the upgrade of TEG Cusack Park while Athlone Town AFC CLG will receive €251,674 for dressing rooms, toilet facilities and a fitness suite.

Other big local beneficiaries under the latest allocations included Athlone Institute of Technology which was granted €178,086 for artificial pitch & floodlight upgrade and Garrycastle GAA club which received €149,500 for main pitch floodlighting and gym equipment.

Fianna Fáil Minister of State Robert Troy has warmly welcomed the allocation which was part of a record nationwide allocation of €150m announced by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers.

Speaking on the announcement Minister Troy said “The allocations announced for Westmeath today are a huge investment in the facilities and sporting infrastructure at many clubs throughout the county. This is also a huge sign of appreciation for the tireless work undertaken by volunteers and committees throughout the county who give so tirelessly of their time to provide sporting opportunities for current and future generations.

“Throughout the past 10 months I have worked extremely closely with a number of the successful applicants in putting together strong applications which sought to highlight the real impact which all of these successful clubs have on their local communities.

“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 which were announced 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.”

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1.1 billion.

By the closing date for applications (1 March, 2021) under this latest round, 3,106 applications had been submitted seeking over €200m in funding. This is the highest number of applications ever received.

“Sports Capital funding is a hugely important facility for clubs and organisations to develop their facilities to meet the needs of the future. In welcoming this allocation for successful clubs which I have worked with I am also conscious that a number of clubs were unsuccessful in this years programme. Therefore I am pleased to have secured a commitment from the Minister that the sum of €6m has been set aside to deal with successful appeals from clubs who have not been granted funding. I will be in touch with a number of such clubs in the coming days and working to submit strong appeals on their behalf,” concluded Minister Troy.

His fellow Westmeath Minister of State, Peter Burke, also welcomed the funding.

He said: “This is fantastic funding provided to grassroots communities and a reflection of Government’s commitment to invest in rural Ireland and local clubs and communities. Our sports club are the lifeblood of our localities, and are run by a network of volunteers who not only keep clubs going and young people engaged, they keep community spirit up. This money will be very well spent in Westmeath, and I was glad to have worked with many clubs in their applications. On top of an earlier round of funding this year, this shows that Government is committed to investing in sport and in local communities, no matter how small.”

The full Westmeath list of allocations:

List is of recipient, project and financial allocation in euros.


Athlone Institute of Technology

AIT Artificial Pitch & Floodlight Upgrade


Athlone Town AFC CLG

Dressing rooms, toilet facilities, fitness suite.


Westmeath County Board GAA

Upgrade of TEG Cusack Park, Westmeath GAA


Westmeath County Council

Athlone RSC Floodlighting and Track Works



Athlone GAA

Athlone GAA Pitch Drainage and Gym Equipment


Ballinagore GAA Club

Installation of LED Pitch lighting


Ballymore Gaelic Football Club

Ballymore GAA - Gym and machinery store phase 2


Ballynacargy Boxing Club

Sports equipment/structural repairs to building


Buccaneers RFC

Buccaneers RFC Artificial 4G playing pitch


Bunbrosna GAA Club

Bunbrosna GAA Upgrade of Facilities Programme


Castlepollard Hurling Club

Gym Equipment & Floodlit Multi Use Sports Pitch


Castletown Finea Coole Whitehall Gaa

Sports Equipment


Castletown Geoghegan Community Development Group

Castletown Geoghegan áis óg agus aosta


Castletown Geoghegan Hurling Club

Gym Equipment & Sports Floor + Pitch Side Fence


Caulry GAA

fencing, scoreboard, floodlighting and mower


Clonkill GAA Club

Clonkill GAA Club Facilities upgrade


Collinstown Pitch and Putt Club

Machinery, course and clubhouse upgrade


Crookedwood GAA Club

New Club Dressing Rooms


Cullion Hurling Club

Upgrading All Weather Pitch and Other Facilities


Drumraney Camogie Club

Skills Area Development & Purchase of Goalpoasts


Garrycastle GAA club

Main Pitch Floodlighting & Gym Equipment


Killucan GAA

LED Floodlighting


Kinnegad Juniors AFC

Kinnegad Juniors AFC Changing rooms/toilets


Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club

Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club Grant


Lough Lene Gaels GAA

Fencing and Dugouts.


Maryland GAA Club

Training Pitch Construction & Associated Works


Midland Warriors RFC

Equipment and lighting for the Club.


Milltownpass Gaelic Football Club

Milltownpass GAA Pitch Development Project Phase 2


Moate All Whites GAA Club

Gym upgrade


Moate Community School

Walking Track & Sports Training Wall


Mullingar Athletic AFC

Construction of Small Sided All-Weather Pitch Soccer


Mullingar elite bc

Condition equipment canvas headguards bags


Mullingar RFC

Walking Track & Wall Ball


Mullingar Tennis & Badminton Club

Refurbishment of Badminton Hall Floor


Multyfarnham GAA Club

Multyfarnham GAA Club


North Westmeath Athletic Club

Sports Lighting


Raharney GAA

Raharney Hurling-Camogie Ball-Wall, Gym & Goals.


Raharney United Football Club

New Lawnmower and Fencing & Ball Stop Netting


Rosemount Community Committee

LED Floodlights, Roof repair, Fire Alarms


Shandonagh GAA

Finishing pitches and walkway.


St Lomans Mullingar GAA Club

Development of additional playing field


St Mary's, Rochfortbridge

Upgrading of Multi-Use Pitch, Lighting & Fencing


St Oliver Plunketts Hurling Club

Artificial All Weather Sports Surface Facility


St. Pauls Gaelic Football Club [Clonmellon]

St. Pauls 2020 Grant application.


Tang GAA Club

Tang 6 Project Development


Temple Villa A.F.C.

Pitch development program.


The Downs GAA Club

Refurbish/Replace Sports Hall Roof and Floor.


Turin Hurling Club

LED Floodlighting & goalmouth astro turf.


Tyrrellspass GAA club

Tyrrellspass GAA Adult playing pitch


Westmeath County Council

Athlone Tennis Club - New court carpet,New Led Light,internal fencing


Willow Park FC

Resurface Astro Turf