06 December 2012

Fitzgerald Welcomes €178,000 Grant for Clondalkin’s Round Towers

Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that a grant of €178,000 was approved for the Clondalkin Round Towers GAA Club at the weekend.

The announcement came on Sunday as part of the Sports Capital Grant Programme and local members of the hugely successful club are said to be thrilled with the news.

“This funding is a huge boost to the Round Towers and builds on the massive voluntary efforts and fundraising already done by the Club. This is the first Sports Capital Grant Programme in four years and it is fantastic news that the Round Towers are set to benefit to the tune of €178,000. This money, together with the member’s contributions and their fundraising will enable the club to complete the development of the Monastery Roads Grounds,” explained Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“I attended the Towers launch of their plans for this €750,000 all-weather floodlit pitch just over two years ago. From day one of this project it’s been a really exciting venture. This development will prove a fantastic resource for the local community as well as members of the club and young people throughout Clondalkin. I am delighted that Fine Gael’s Minister Ring has approved funding to help complete the project,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The Minister paid tribute to her colleague Tony Delaney, Chairman of the Round Towers and his committee for their leadership on this exciting project.

“The Round Towers has a record of over a hundred years of community involvement and delivers quality training and playing facilities for its members. It's great that this money will go towards developing its new facilities right here in the heart of Clondalkin. Its committee and team of committed volunteers have made the club a prominent feature in Clondalkin’s community and I will continue to support it. The future of Round Towers is intrinsically linked to the youth of Clondalkin and the provision of an all weather training pitch, skills wall and quality playing surface will enable young people to develop their playing and social skills in a safe, state of the art environment.,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

The GAA Club had secured €450,000 from the National Lottery and the GAA Leinster Council and has been fundraising locally for the past two years. The €178,000 approved on Sunday will fund the completion of this project.

“I am a longstanding supporter of the Round Towers and in my position as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I am working hard to encourage children and young people to take up sports and physical activities. My Department is represented on the government’s new Special Advisory Group on obesity and we are currently working on a number of initiatives, in conjunction with other government departments, to improve healthy eating and rates of physical activity among children and young people. I have ongoing contact with the GAA leadership both locally and nationally and want to pay tribute to the fantastic work of the organisation,” said Fitzgerald.