Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has announced almost €26 million in new funding for local sports projects across the country.

Further allocations of €4 million will be made to national and regional projects in the coming weeks.

A total of 2,170 applications were received, the highest number of applications ever received under the Programme.

These applications sought a total of €229 million in funding.

Minister Ring said: "I am excited about the allocations being made today. These allocations will benefit people in every county by giving them more opportunities to get involved in sport, whatever their ability.

"This funding will allow a diverse array of sports clubs and groups to build and improve much-needed facilities, or to purchase sports equipment."

The 2012 round of the Sports Capital Programme is the first round of the programme since 2008.

For a full breakdown of county-by-county and individual projects, click here.