The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has announced details of the second tranche of Government funding under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund. The grants total €4.97 million, with seven individual projects benefitting.
The grants represent the successful Stream 1 proposals, which are applications seeking funding towards the cost of developing projects to the point that an application for construction work can be submitted in the future.
Stream 2 applications related to applications for funding the construction of facilities and grants totalling €77.4 million to 25 individual projects were announced last Friday.
The successful applicants were decided following an assessment process, with the highest scoring applications receiving funding.
All applications under the fund had to be supported by a national governing body for sport or a local authority.
The priority given to projects by the relevant bodies or local authorities was one of the key determinants of the assessment score, along with factors such as the likelihood of increasing sport participation, how the proposed project would improve high performance, and whether the proposed development would benefit spectators.
The Dalymount Park redevelopment, which is projected to cost €34.3m in conjunction with the proposed redevelopment of Phibsborough Shopping Centre, received funding to the tune of €918,750, facilitating the appointment of architects, engineers and a design team to work alongside project managers.
Phase one of the indoor sports centre at TU Dublin in Grangeorman landed the largest grant of just under €1.75m.
The proposed National Watersports Campus at Dun Laoghaire and sports campuses in Cavan, Letterkenny and Roscommon were the other beneficiaries.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said: "We were delighted to announce significant funding for major sports facilities in recent days.
"It is well established that participation in sport plays a significant role in improving people's health and wellbeing.
"It is particularly important to get our young people involved in sports and to do so, we must have good quality, safe, and attractive sports facilities.
"The grants we are announcing today, in addition to the 25 grants announced on Friday last, will help deliver state of the art facilities across the country and across a variety of sports."