Sport Ireland




€10.25 million invested in high performance sport in Olympic and Paralympic year

Sport Ireland, the newly created agency for the development of sport in Ireland, announced a comprehensive package for sporting organisations in 2016. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring T.D. in Westport today (16.02.16).

To support Irish participation at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in August and September, a total grant package in excess of €10 million was announced. In addition, with the supports of the services of the new Institute of Sport High Performance Training Centre, at Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus, the total investment in High Performance Sport for 2016 will be well in excess of €11 million.

In addition, there was a package of €10.6 million invested in National Governing Bodies of Sport with a further €5 million investment through the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister Michael Ring said:

“I am pleased to announce this significant investment in Irish sport for 2016, through Sport Ireland’s package of grants for the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships.  The grants announced today will not only support the core activities of sports bodies, including their administration, they will also support very important sport programmes such as the Women in Sport and  High Performance programmes, and the full range of services provided by Local Sport Partnerships around the country. I am delighted to have been able to increase Sport Ireland’s budget by €3 million this year, which has enabled Sport Ireland to support High Performance sport in what is a very important year, with the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place. In addition, it is envisaged that significant funds will be available through Dormant Accounts Funding for sports programmes in disadvantaged communities to support the recently announced National Physical Activity Plan. The increase in funding for this year is a recognition of the Government’s commitment and my own personal commitment to Sport”.

Chair of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, speaking at the announcement added:

“We are delighted to announce a wide range of grants for Governing Bodies which cover the critical period of 2016 towards Rio but also a wide range of important programmes which are covered by the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships. Sport has flourished over the past number of years despite financial difficulties and have continued to expand their services. Some of the highlights of the today’s announcement include:

  • Over €1.8 million invested through the International Carding Scheme (Details of which will be announced soon)
  • Additional investment has been allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland to support the training camps and their Rio activities
  • Significant investment has been allocated to Paralympics Ireland to support their pre-games camp in Uberlandia and all their games activities
  • Additional support was to Hockey Ireland and Pentathlon Ireland who delivered outstanding results in 2015 and are well placed to deliver  excellence in Rio
  • Support will be provided to the IRFU towards the Olympic Repechage Rugby 7s taking place in UCD in June
  • €200,000 will be invested through the Team Ireland Golf Trust to provide direct financial support to a number of golfers as well as additional financial support to hosting the Challenge Tour event in Ireland which is a vital component of the development of Irish Golf and Irish Golfers
  • Over €600,000 will be invested in NGBs towards Women in Sport Programmes to ensure opportunities for women across the sporting spectrum (with further investment to be announced across the FAI and IRFU) and a further €114,700 through Local Sports Partnerships

John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland explained:

“It’s a really exciting time for Sport in Ireland. The establishment of the new agency has given Irish Sport a new home at Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus and with the additional resources made available to us this year we will drive on and continue to develop the Irish Sports sector. While 2016 will be a vital year in relation to Rio, we are also focused on our other obligations including our participation initiatives, supporting events at home and our anti doping programme. 2016 will be an exciting year and I would like to thank the Minister for his support through the last number of years”.


For more information contact:

Paul McDermott, Director of High Performance, NGB's & Communications – 087 6486295


Notes to the Editor

High Performance - €10.25m

  • To include investment in Performance Plans, Olympic Council of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and the International Carding Scheme.

Governing Bodies – €10.6m

  • To include investment in Special Olympics of €1.2m continue to be the most highly funded organisation in the country with good merit given their success and continued excellence.
  • As there is no World Games this year, the special allocation given last year towards the cost of the LA games will be reallocated to other NGBs including €30k to the National Community Games to support their communication development through a new marketing resource.
  • While a number of smaller organisations have received a small increase but most notably is an indication and signal from Sport Ireland of the value their contribution towards increasing membership including Cricket Ireland, Triathlon Ireland, Ladies Gaelic and Camogie.

Team Ireland Golf

  • Sport Ireland has allocated €200,000 to the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) for the Team Ireland Golf Scheme in 2016.  The funding will go towards individual grants to young emerging professional golfers who are pursuing their careers on international golf tours.
  • Also included in the allocation will be financial support for the hosting of a Challenge Tour event in September.  The staging of this event in Ireland with the support of Sport Ireland will provide Irish players with additional playing opportunities on the Challenge Tour in 2016.
  • As part of the support package under the scheme, all golfers can avail of the world class practice facilities at the GUI’s National Academy at Carton House.

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