It’s great news on the sports front as funding of almost €27m was announced by Sport Ireland, with hockey, modern pentathlon, Community Games, gymnastics, and golf among the big winners.
The announcement took place in Westport, hometown of sports minister Michael Ring. Over €10m is being invested in high-performance programmes ahead of the Rio Olympics, including €1.82m for athletes under the International Card Scheme.
Hockey Ireland’s high-performance funding jumps over €100,000 to €530,000, with the equivalent Pentathlon Ireland figure now €230,000, an increase of almost €90,000.
Funding for the Gymnastics Ireland high-performance programme has doubled to €40,000. Sport Ireland’s budget is up by €3m compared to last year, while €200,000 goes to Team Ireland Golf, a figure which will include grants to individual golfers and support for a Challenge Tour event in Ireland.
National Community Games have secured an increase of over €30,000 in their funding following what Mulvey called a “special request”, bringing the overall figure to €284,000.
There are more modest increases for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Camogie Association, and Triathlon Ireland, while the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation will receive €20,000, virtually double what it got in 2015.
A total of €600,000 will be allocated to 26 national governing bodies through the Women in Sport programme, where there are substantial increases for Cricket Ireland, the Irish Sailing Association, Cycling Ireland, Irish Squash, Tennis Ireland, and GAA Handball Ireland.
Just over €5m has been set aside for local sports partnerships, where the largest amount goes to Limerick (€312,340). Tipperary, Dublin City, Sligo, Galway, Waterford, and Mayo all receive over €200,000.