A total of €15 million has been allocated to Gaelic Games under funding announced by Sport Ireland today, in addition to a similar amount already ringfenced to run the championship this year.

GAA clubs will receive €5m, the LGFA is to get €1m and the Camogie Association will see its coffers boosted by €795,000. 

The association itself has been granted €9m to help deal with financial difficulties.

With the €15m to run the championship already allocated, it means Gaelic Games will benefit by almost €31m from state support this year. 

Rugby will receive €18m to address all aspects of the game, including the problems facing the IRFU, provinces and the club network.

Soccer will receive €13m through the FAI, which includes a ringfenced amount to support clubs.

Earlier this year, Government announced funding of €70m to protect the national sports system in Ireland, with today's announcement concerning an additional €15.5m, and detailing where all of the money is being allocated.

The Sport Ireland funding will help address the threat to governing bodies and their club networks and allow planning for 2021.

The aim is for the funding to reach all levels of the sport sector with governing bodies, local sports partnerships and thousands of grassroots clubs across Ireland set to benefit.

An emergency fund of €5.8m has been allocated to offset losses incurred by sports organisations during the current Level 5 restrictions and the remaining period of 2020.

Sport Ireland has met the requests of governing bodies for their club networks to an amount of €9.7m, allowing an additional €5m to be invested in the GAA, IRFU and FAI club networks.

Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey said the funding shows the importance of sport being appreciated. 

He stated: "The funding being allocated today will provide relief for funded bodies and clubs. It will provide much needed financial stability to the entire sector and has given organisations the confidence to continue trading through these difficult times.

"The funding recognises the wider economic and social impact of sport and the significant costs arising from the real threat of insolvency to sporting bodies.

"The needs of the disability sector were specifically addressed with a dedicated group being established to examine any particular issues arising during the Covid-19 pandemic; this has been recognised in our funding allocations.

"While the circumstances are unfortunate, Sport Ireland's investment in 2020 is the largest ever investment package for sport.

"The recent budget announcement by the [Government] has reinforced that sense of confidence that support is available and we look forward to working with our funded bodies to address their needs in 2021."

A host of governing bodies issued statements this afternoon expressing gratitude for the support. 

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne said: "The funding for rugby announced today by Government and Sport Ireland is critical for the IRFU to keep rugby activities at all levels of our sport going for now for the many men, women and children who participate in, or volunteer at, clubs week-in-week-out, and for our provincial and international teams."

Basketball Ireland welcomed €1.2m in funding for the federation and member clubs.and described it as "shot in the arm" by their head Bernard O'Byrne. 

Olympic Federation of Ireland CEO, Peter Sherrard said: "It is vitally important in sustaining them through this current crisis so that the progress of recent years is not lost. Thanks to this emergency support, many of our members will be able to protect structures from which they will be able to re-build when we emerge from this crisis in communities all over Ireland."

Golf Ireland's Mark Kennelly added: "Irish golf welcomes the allocation of  €2.7 million in funding which will support clubs that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This substantial allocation underlines the important role of golf in the country's sports landscape.

"It will be a very welcome addition to the €597,000 we allocated to clubs last week under the R&A Covid-19 Fund."

FAI interim CEO Roy Barrett said the funding "will make a significant difference to Irish football."

Total NGB Funding Allocations:

Organisation

Total

Gaelic Games – GAA, LGFA, Camogie, GAA Handball

30,795,000

Irish Rugby Football Union

18,000,000

Football Association of Ireland

13,000,000

Golf Ireland / CGI

2,730,000

Cricket Ireland

1,498,500

Gymnastics Ireland

1,380,000

Basketball Ireland

1,157,500

Horse Sport Ireland

1,040,000

Tennis Ireland

950,000

Athletics Ireland 

805,000

Swim Ireland

780,000

Irish Sailing 

650,000

Irish Athletic Boxing Association

645,000

Cycling Ireland

533,000

Badminton Ireland

369,000

Hockey Ireland

240,500

Triathlon Ireland

235,500

Rowing Ireland

149,000

Irish Martial Arts Commission

120,000

National Community Games

110,000

Archery Ireland

101,000

Student Sport Ireland

95,000

Irish Orienteering Association

77,000

Volleyball Ireland

71,500

Irish Underwater Council

70,000

Fencing Ireland

59,000

Motor Cycling Ireland 

50,000

Irish Surfing Association 

50,000

Bowling League of Ireland

50,000

Canoeing Ireland

48,000

ONAKAI

40,000

Pitch and Putt Ireland

39,000

Irish Squash 

38,000

Racquetball Association of Ireland

33,000

Special Olympics Ireland

348,000

IWA Sport

194,000

Vision Sports Ireland

97,500

Irish Judo Association 

24,000

Irish Ice Hockey Association

20,000

Rugby League Ireland

19,000

Bol Chumann na hÉireann

12,500

Totals

76,724,500

Gaelic Games

 

GAA/LGFA/Camogie Inter-County Championships

15,000,000

Gaelic Games Clubs

5,000,000

Gaelic Athletic Association 

9,000,000

Ladies Gaelic Football Association

1,000,000

The Camogie Association 

795,000

Total Gaelic Games

30,795,000

Breakdown of NGB Funding Allocations:

Organisation

 Scheme Two

 Scheme Three

 Scheme Four

 Total

 Golf Ireland 

-

2,700,000

30,000

2,730,000

 Cricket Ireland

 1,109,000

197,500

192,000

1,498,500

 Gymnastics Ireland

270,000

1,000,000

110,000

1,380,000

 Basketball Ireland

550,000

600,000

7,500

1,157,500

 Horse Sport Ireland

-

1,000,000

40,000

1,040,000

 Tennis Ireland

150,000

800,000

-

950,000

 Athletics Ireland 

-

590,000

215,000

805,000

 Swim Ireland

100,000

500,000

180,000

780,000

 Irish Sailing 

100,000

550,000

-

650,000

 Irish Athletic Boxing Association

145,000

500,000

-

645,000

 Cycling Ireland

283,000

-

250,000

533,000

 Badminton Ireland

75,000

294,000

-

369,000

 Hockey Ireland

71,000

169,500

-

240,500

 Triathlon Ireland

83,000

100,000

52,500

235,500

 Rowing Ireland

90,000

32,000

27,000

149,000

 Irish Martial Arts Commission

-

120,000

-

120,000

 National Community Games

60,000

50,000

-

110,000

 Archery Ireland

15,000

62,000

24,000

101,000

 Student Sport Ireland

-

-

95,000

95,000

 Irish Orienteering Association

-

-

77,000

77,000

 Volleyball Ireland

-

21,500

50,000

71,500

 Irish Underwater Council

-

70,000

-

70,000

 Fencing Ireland

-

59,000

-

59,000

 Motor Cycling Ireland 

50,000

-

-

50,000

 Irish Surfing Association 

50,000

-

-

50,000

 Bowling League of Ireland

-

50,000

-

50,000

 Canoeing Ireland

-

48,000

-

48,000

 ONAKAI

-

40,000

-

40,000

 Pitch and Putt Ireland

-

39,000

-

39,000

 Irish Squash 

-

28,000

 10,000

 38,000

 Racquetball Association of Ireland

-

33,000

-

33,000

 Special Olympics Ireland

-

-

348,000

348,000

 IWA Sport

-

-

194,000

194,000

 Vision Sports Ireland

-

-

97,500

97,500

 Irish Judo Association 

-

24,000

-

24,000

 Irish Ice Hockey Association

20,000

-

-

20,000

 Rugby League Ireland

9,000

10,000

-

19,000

 Bol Chumann na hÉireann

-

12,500

-

12,500