Michael Ring, the Minister of state for Tourism and Sport has granted the FAI €1.2 million in funding for six footballing projects across the country, including two which directly impact the League of Ireland.
The two projects which directly influence the League of Ireland are at Galway’s Eamonn Deacy Park and Cork City’s stadium in Turner’s Cross.
According to the FAI’s official website, the funds will be used in the following areas:
“In the case of the MFA and GFA, the work will provide enhanced facilities for supporters, players and match officials at Cork City and Galway FC”
It goes onto mention how Galway will now be able to
“host international matches up to U21 and Women’s senior level as well as domestic and regional finals.”
In addition to this funding directly improving League of Ireland stadia, the funding is sure to indirectly help improve the league and Irish football as a whole with the rest of the funding going into grassroots projects at Clones Town in Monaghan, Westport United in Mayo, Mayfield in Cork and the Kerry and District League will receive funding for a new full size all-weather pitch in Mounthawk Park, Tralee.
Commenting on the grant, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney had this to say:
“Minister Ring’s €1.2m grant is a very welcome and generous boost for Irish football which will provide facilities for players in communities across the country.
“The SSE Airtricity League ground developments for Cork City and Galway FC join other projects completed at league grounds recent years. The grant will also allow us to complete strategically important projects at club and league grounds in Cork, Mayo, Kerry and Monaghan, all of which are due for completion in 2015.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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