FUNDING of approximately €15 million has been announced for a number of key Cork sporting projects.
More than €9 million will go towards an indoor athletics facility at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), in conjunction with Athletics Ireland.
More than €2 million is to be allocated to the FAI Centre of Excellence in Glanmire, which was feared lost in the wake of the recent FAI funding issues.
A further €1.5 million will go towards new indoor rugby facilities at Musgrave Park while more than €600,000 is to be allocated to the National Rowing Centre in Farran.
Cork Senator Colm Burke (FG) welcomed the funding allocation.
“It's a welcome investment as it shows the importance of getting young people involved in sport,” he said.
“To keep them involved, we need to make sure we have new facilities and I think this is a fantastic investment for sport in Cork.
“It’s great to see the bulk of the funding coming into Cork North Central,” he added.
“This further investment in CIT means more than €40 million has been invested in the college in recent times.”
The €9m funding for CIT will go towards a new €12.3m high-performance indoor athletics facility, which will include an indoor running track, along with pole vault and jump areas.
The complete development will include a two-storey multi-purpose sports arena, located south of the existing outdoor athletics track and will comprise eight courts, fitness studios, a health and fitness facility, along with dressing rooms.
There had been fears amid FAI funding issues, that the Glanmire Centre of Excellence project would fall by the wayside.
The Echo reported in April last year that the future of the €10m project hung in the balance due to controversies surrounding the sporting body’s finances amid board resignations.
Senator Burke said he was delighted that €2 million is being made available for the project.