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Mayo Sports Partnership
Mayo Sports Partnership Grants
15, Jun 2017 - 09:39

Almost €20,000 in funding distributed to 42 Sports and Community groups by Mayo Sports Partnership

At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting close to €20,000 was allocated to 42 clubs / organisations in Mayo through the Partnerships 2017 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring, commended all involved in grassroots sport throughout the county.

"Supporting clubs & organisations through this annual small grant scheme by Mayo Sports Partnership recognises the vital role that sport is playing in our communities. Without volunteers sport just would not happen and it is vital that we continue to support them in their hugely important work" Minister Ring stated.

The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport & physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in targeted sections of the population . This year the scheme has funded initiatives including underage development in Mayo Volleyball Club, integration through sport programmes by Mayo Table Tennis club and Mayo Intercultural Action, handball summer camp in Belcarra, junior golf programmes in Ballina Claremorris and Westport Golf Clubs, training of coaches and leaders in Claremorris Swimming Club and Castlebar Kayak Club and much more. Programmes for people with disabilities, travelling community and groups in Kilcommon, Erris, Bonniconlon and Charlestown were also supported under the initiative.

"I have seen at first hand how a small bit of assistance can make towards the quality of life for groups like those with a disability or from disadvantaged backgrounds. They might not make the sports pages of the local papers but these programmes can mean a lot to those sections of our population who need help most. In this regard I would like to acknowledge and thank Minister Michael Ring for his support to Mayo Sports Partnership through Dormant Account funding from his Department" Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Brendan Mulroy added

Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by Sport Ireland and is hosted by Mayo County Council. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €7.5 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant input.

Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by logging on to
The full list of Clubs/Organisations who received funding are:

Special Project Participation Initiative Grants 2017

Organisation/ Club Total amount
Newport Town Football Club €300
Claremorris Golf Club €500
Islandeady Cycling Club €200
Moy Valley Freestyle Martial Arts €400
Ballina Athletics Club €700
Westport Golf Club €500
Bonniconlon Gaelic 4 Mothers €600
Ballina Tennis Club €300
Moy Valley Athletic Club €300
Tooreen Hurling Club €500
Ballycastle Athletic Club €500
Kilmoremoy LGFC €500
Claremorris Tennis Club €300
Killala Squash Club €500
Currane Sports & Fitness Centre €400
Achill Jujitsu €400
Mustangs Basketball Club €400
Westport Basketball Club €500
Castlebar Kayak Club €800
Ballina Junior Golf Club €500
Mayo Volleyball Club €700
Parks Tennis Ballina €300
Tourmakeady/Partry Swimming Club €500
Mayo Table Tennis Academy €800
Breaffy Rounders €500
Belcarra Handball Club €500
Westport Squash Club €400
Ballyhaunis Cricket Club €400
Castlebar Boxing Club €500
Claremorris Swimming Club €500
Mayo Traveller Support Group €300
Seirbhisi Curam Chil Chomain Teo €700
Cairde Clubhouse €400
Mayo Intercultural Action €400
Charlestown Foroige Club €400
Bonniconlon I.C.A €500
Erris Womens Group €600
Westport Special Olympics €500
Down Syndrome Ireland €700
Ballina Carers Group €300
Irish Wheelchair Association Castlebar €500
Ceimeanna Iorras-Inver €400
Total €19,900

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