A number of local clubs have received substantial grants under the Regional Sport Capital Programme, with Connacht Rugby and Mervue United among those enjoying the spoils.
Popular football club Mervue United will receive €190,000 under the scheme, which is expected to go towards the extension of the all-weather playing pitch. Planning permission was recently granted for the project, which will see the facility resurfaced with an FAI-approved playing surface so competitive games can be played on the pitch at Fahy’s Field.
It is also hoped that one of the pitches will be upgraded to the same standard as the main League of Ireland pitch, alongside the provision of a new training area and running track.
A spokesperson for the club said it was “committed to continually upgrading the facilities” and providing the “best possible” playing surfaces for its members and other local sporting clubs.
“The club board and committee have been working hard over the past twelve months on the club’s application for the sports grant and would like to thank our local TD Brian Walsh for all his help and support of our application and also Tobin Consulting Engineers for all their hard work on the application,” said Media Officer Terry Flaherty.
“The club board would also like to thank all those who contributed in any way towards the advancement of this important development to the facilities at the club’s base at Fahy’s Field in Mervue.”
Connacht Rugby will also receive €200,000 for new changing facilities at the recently revamped Galway Sportsground, while Galway and District League will receive €60,000 for new dressing rooms and physio rooms at Eamonn Deacy Park.