€1.96m in Sports Capital Funding Confirmed for Golf
 Pictured at the launch of A Satellite Account for Golf in the Republic of Ireland report in Dublin last March, from left: Redmond O’Donoghue (Chairman, Confederation of Golf in Ireland) Prof. Simon Shibli (Sheffield Hallam University). Picture: Golffile/GUI | Fran Caffrey

Pictured at the launch of A Satellite Account for Golf in the Republic of Ireland report in Dublin last March, from left: Redmond O’Donoghue (Chairman, Confederation of Golf in Ireland) Prof. Simon Shibli (Sheffield Hallam University). Picture: Golffile/GUI | Fran Caffrey

The Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) today commended Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, following confirmation of €1.96m in funding for golf clubs and facilities under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme, writes the GUI.

“This is a real boost for golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland,” said Redmond O’Donoghue, Chairman of the CGI. “The funding confirmed today by the Ministers will directly benefit 64 member clubs and more than 20,000 golf club members. It also represents a six-fold increase on the supports provided to golf clubs in the last Sports Capital Programme.”

In the 2015 programme, €332,826 was shared among 12 golf clubs.

O’Donoghue stated: “The Golfing Union of Ireland and Irish Ladies Golf Union’s commitment to supporting clubs through the CGI has made this increase in funding possible by providing clubs with the resources and supports needed to enhance their funding applications.

“The satellite account report that the CGI produced earlier this year in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University demonstrated the real value of golf to the economy with consumer spending on golf in the Republic of Ireland alone worth €379 million annually.”

Grants have been allocated for a range of capital programmes including golf practice facilities, junior golf academies, drainage work and general course improvements. This round of funding will bolster the golf sector in Ireland, which directly employs 9,030 people on the island of Ireland including 6,800 people within the Republic of Ireland.

GOLF CLUBS & FACILITIES – 2017 SPORTS CAPITAL GRANT ALLOCATIONS

Club / Facility Amount in Euro
Arklow 41,000
Ashbourne 59,500
Athenry 23,000
Athlone 35,239
Balla (Par 3) 8,500
Ballaghaderreen 19,000
Ballina 12,500
Ballinasloe 31,500
Ballyhaunis 46,000
Ballyliffin 59,000
Ballyneety 29,500
Baltinglass 70,000
Bandon 41,000
Bantry 38,000
Belturbet 5,500
Birr 50,000
Black Bush 35,000
Bray 84,500
Cahir Park 36,000
Callan 14,500
Carlow 58,000
Castlebar 24,500
Castlecomer 16,500
Castleisland 4,000
Castletroy 14,500
Charleville 46,000
Cill Dara 11,000
Claremorris 24,500
Cloughaneely 15,000
Cobh 56,500
Cruit Island 11,500
Delgany 65,500
Donabate 138,119
Dunmore Demesne 27,500
Enniscrone 13,500
Fermoy 21,000
Forrest Little 47,275
Gort 17,000
Kenmare 10,500
Kilcock 18,888
Kilkenny 41,879
Killerig 24,500
Macroom 11,500
Mallow 70,000
Mannan Castle 25,000
Monkstown 23,000
Mountrath 9,500
Naas 62,000
Newcastle West 8,500
Otway 7,000
Oughterard 35,500
Portarlington 10,000
Portumna 27,000
Roscommon 11,000
Rossmore 36,500
Royal Tara 4,500
Skibbereen 7,500
Spanish Point 3,500
Strandhill 43,000
Swinford 15,500
Templemore 10,500
Thurles 29,000
Tipperary 9,000
Waterford 47,000
Westport 9,500
1,962,400