Clubs and schools in Ireland have received a major boost with the announcement of €1,134,775 in capital funding across 13 applications. The announcement was made on Thursday by the Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring who announced grants of €40.5 million for 880 sports projects across the country.

The news of funding was welcomed by Irish Hockey Chief Executive Mike Heskin who commented“I am delighted to see this much needed investment in Irish Hockey and I congratulate the clubs involved on their success. I hope other clubs will take heart from this and submit applications in the next allocation of Capital Grants . While we will always want more ,this is a good start and it is up to hockey to make sure we have our applications in for consideration. I would also encourage Clubs considering applying to contact those clubs who have had success as I have no doubt they will get invaluable assistance. Finally I would like to thank the Minister for his valued support of Irish hockey

Monkstown HC (see below) are building a new pitch in the school Rathdown where they have their current pitch. They have for the first time ever in their history qualified to play in the EHL, so no doubt the development of their second pitch will help the Dublin club to strengthen their base.

Congratulations to all those who have been successful in their applications and on their hard work in securing this funding:

Avoca & Sion Hill (Dublin)  200,000
Ursuline (Sligo) 300,000
Monkstown & Rathdown (Dublin) 200,000
Clonmel HC and Tipperary VEC (Tipperary) 120,000
Loreto Bray and Bray HC (Wicklow)133,000
Cork Harlequins (Cork) 135,000
Fingal (Dublin) 24,036
Enniscorthy (Wicklow) 10,000
Greenfields (Galway) 5,240
Suttonians (Dublin) 2,724
Gorey (Wicklow) 3,600
Boyne (Meath) 600
Weston (Dublin) 575

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Source: Irish Hockey
Photograph: Monkstown HC following their EuroHockey Trophy win, Cagliari, 2014