Funding of more than €13 million for a number of key Cork sporting projects has been revealed today.
The funding is part of a €77.4 million grant announced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, on Friday.
The new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) will benefit 25 individual projects, including four in Cork.
Funding of €9.225 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.
The project will include the development of facilities including grass pitches, floodlighting, artificial pitch with floodlighting and dressing rooms.
Meanwhile, the Munster Rugby Centre of Excellence is being allocated €1.5m for the construction of an indoor training facility with a floodlight 3G playing surface, gymnasium, dressing rooms and treatment rooms, as well as a single storey ticketing booth and associated parking facilities.
A further €613,000 is to be allocated to the National Rowing Centre in Farran to go towards the replacement of rowing and landing pontoons, and access gangways, as well as further development.
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 high-performance indoor athletics facility, which will include an indoor running track, along with pole vault and jump areas.
The complete €22.9m 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.
While the Government is investing €77m the full cost of all projects will be in the region of €221m.