Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has said a special round of funding being confirmed this week for equipment for sports clubs will help take them to the next level.

“Sports clubs are often the bedrock of a local community, bringing young people and parents together,” Minister McHugh said.

“And as well as these valuable ties they are also doing wonders for the health, fitness and wellbeing of people - something that you can’t put a price on.

“It’s brilliant to be able to celebrate Government support like we are announcing this week - funding of more than €500,000 for clubs all across Donegal.”

Minister McHugh thanked Government colleague and Minister for Sport and Tourism Brendan Griffin for his work in the area of Sports Capital.

“It’s important to remember that these really worthwhile equipment grants are just one part of the superb Sports Capital initiative,” Minister McHugh said.

“Something in the region 1,500 other non-equipment applications are still being processed and will be allocated in September.”

Some of the Donegal clubs being supported this week to buy equipment include the following list with others being confirmed in the coming days:

Citadel Gymnastics - gymnastic - €27,360

Áislann Rann na Feirste - Basketball - €1,841

Glenree Utd FC Academy - €4,249

Finn Valley Swimming Pool - Disability Inclusive Fitness & Mobility - €60,845

Saddle Rock Cycling Club - Inclusive cycling - €31,005

Portsalon Golf Club - Machinery Upgrade - €62,739

Twin Towns Boxing Club - Gym Equipment - €11,500

St Brigid's Youth & Community Co-op Development of Sports Hall - €35,063

Loughros Point Rowing Club - Coastal Quad Sculling Oars & Launch - €15,680

Kincasslagh Rowing Club - Rowing boats - €24,216

Buncrana Youth & Community Development Company - €18,404

Letterkenny Athletic Club - Pole Vault and Field event Equipment - €26,769

Club Iomartha Theilinn - Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair Teo Gymnastic & Sports - €1,790

Donegal North West Golf Club Golf - Course Maintenance Machinery - €40,573

Illistrin FC - €7,726

Buncrana Municipal Golf Club – Front Deck Mower - €13,668

Bocan Community Creche Ltd Equipment - €4,095

Donegal Bay Sub Aqua Club - Nitrox Diving Facility - €38,160

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