Over €77m Allocated to Major Sports Projects Across the Country


Over €77m Allocated to Major Sports Projects Across the Country

Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, today ( 10 January 2020) announced the first set of allocations under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). The grants total €77.4 million with 25 individual projects benefitting.

The successful applicants were decided following a rigorous assessment process with the highest scoring applications receiving grant offers. All applications under the fund had to be supported by a National Governing Body for Sport (NGB) or a Local Authority. The priority given to projects by the relevant NGB(s)  or local authority was one of the key determinants of the assessment score along with factors such as the likelihood of increasing sport participation, how the proposed project would improve high performance and whether the proposed development would benefit spectators.

Commenting on the announcement Minister Ross said: “The establishment of the LSSIF confirmed the commitment expressed in the National Development Plan and the National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 to increase investment in sporting facilities across the State. Before the establishment of the LSSIF, Government funding for large sports projects was decided on an ad-hoc basis. The fund provides a robust and transparent mechanism for the allocation of funding to develop the best high quality sports facilities across all regions.”

Minister Griffin said “This is a very good day for Irish sport. Our priority remains to get as many people participating in sport as possible. The successful projects announced today include a mix of sports stadia which will be graced by our elite athletes but also swimming pools and other sports facilities which will be used by all ages and abilities. Of course, seeing their sporting heroes competing at iconic venues also inspires young people to participate in sport”.

While the Government is investing €77m the full cost of all projects will be in the region of €221m. A full list of the successful applications is attached.

All of these projects will now undergo further assessment and a due diligence procedure under the evaluation procedures for the LSSIF.  The extent and nature of the validation and due diligence process will vary depending on the size and nature of a project to include a detailed analysis of the Financial and Economic Appraisal of the project as appropriate.

While today’s announcement relates to those projects that applied for funding for construction of facilities, a further announcement will be made in the near future in respect of Stream 1 applications. These applications were for grants towards the cost of developing projects to the point that an application for delivery phase funding can be submitted in the future.

Athletics based funding:
  • St Thomas's Community Multisports Complex, Tibradden Road, Whitechurch:Multisport Campus including a multisport gymnasium, hall and an indoor sprint track area. The outdoor area includes track and field facilities as well as a jogging trail around the site and a specialist outdoor archery area.€5,250,000


  • Athletics Ireland & Cork Institute of Technology Community Sport Project Cork City: Construction & operation of a high performance athletics indoor training facility. Resurfacing of the existing outdoor track. €9,225,000


  • Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Phase 2 Dun Laoghaire: Construction of a new Sports Building, a linear park connecting the spectator areas to the path to be suitable for wheelchairs, jogging and running. €5,000,000


  • Regional Athletics Hub Newcastle West Limerick City and County Council:Construction of athletics track to International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) standard including all associated track facilities with disability access. €1,256,276


  • Enniscorthy Sports Hub: Upgrade the existing Athletics facility to include the provision of a sports amenity building and construction of a throwing cage for discus and hammer.€300,000


  • Charlesland Athletics Track: Replace the running track at Shoreline Sports Park. €309,642

Allocations availabel HERE

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