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€260,000 sports boost for Coláiste na Carrige

MINISTER for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has said a €260,000 investment in sports facilities at Coláiste na Carrige will be a game-changer for the school, local communities, clubs and organisations.

“Almost €260,000 is to be invested in our school children, clubs and communities by creating a top class athletics centre in Coláiste na Carraige. The Government has now committed €191,753 to the project with another €65,000 coming through the work of the Committee behind the ambitious plan.

“It follows other positive investment decisions in the area in the last couple of years with €200,000 for the Kilcar Digital Hub in the Town and Village Renewal scheme and €97,000 for an extension to Áislann Cill Chartha funded through Roinn na Gaeltachta as well as €70,000 Sports Capital money for the centre.

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“It will create a new home for fitness courses, for training, for PE and for athletes to test themselves and for clubs to attract and nuture new raw talent. I am also delighted to hear about the support from local football clubs, Tallow Rowing Club and primary schools.”

The multi-sports project is being funded through the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht. It will include athletics and field sports facilities for long jump, high jump, pole jump, running track with lanes and a 300m walking path around the perimeter, an all-weather pitch and two five-a-side football pitches. The plan also includes ten pieces of fitness equipment for adults and a fence and lighting around the facility. The tartan running track is being built to the highest standards with special anti-damp finish.

Donegal TD Minister McHugh added: “A sincere thanks to Príomhaire Sean Kyne, Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, Gaeltacht agus na hOileáin. AS Kyne sees the value in a big project like this that ticks a lot of boxes for the Irish language, for community, for sports and education, for fitness and health.

“This investment will be reaping rewards for many years to come and I am delighted to be able to announce it.”

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