Almost €800,000 in funding for community centres in Clare

  • Seven groups to benefit from grants for upgrade/development works
  • Funding available under three categories


Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed the allocation of almost €800,000 in funding for seven community centres across Co. Clare.

The funding, which has been unveiled today by Minister Heather Humphreys, will go towards upgrade and development works, with grants of up to €300,000 available.

“Today’s announcement is of massive benefit to Clare and the community centres here in our county,” said Deputy Crowe.

“I’m a regular user of these centres and halls for my monthly clinics and I’m always so impressed by the work that the groups carry out to keep their centres going – all of these people are volunteers and I think many of us take for granted the work that they do.

“Newmarket-on-Fergus will receive the largest grant in the county of €285,000, which will be used to renovate and repair the main hall, toilets and changing facilities, as well the installation of solar panels and LED lightning.

“This centre has already undergone an impressive transformation so Newmarket really will have one of the best of these facilities in the county.

“The 12th Clare Tulla Scout Group has also been granted an impressive €200,000, while Broadford Development Association has been allocated €194,625.

“All of these are in the top bracket – Category 3 – while there’s three more in Category 2.

“They are Ballynacally Development Association and Lissycasey Pastoral Council, both of which have been granted €25,000, and St Patrick’s Hall in Corofin which has been granted €57,400.

“The only Category 1 project in Clare is Kilfenora Community Centre, which has been given a grant of €6,800.

“In all cases, these grants are going to make a significant difference to the voluntary committees who put so much effort into securing such funding for their centres and I know that it’ll mean a major boost for each community.

“I very much look forward to my next round of clinics, to speak to each of these committees again and hear more about their plans.”