Friday, December 20th 2013

  • Funding for St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club and Togher Family Centre recognises the excellent work done by both organisations. 

I am delighted that Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has recognised the excellent work of both St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club and Togher Family Centre in the latest round of national lottery grants.  This funding will allow for the further development of some already excellent community services.

The €8,000 granted to St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club is being given towards the costs involved in their new ball wall. This wall for football, hurling and handball provides the opportunity for a range of activities that can be incorporated into any coaching session to improve an individual’s skills.  At a time when fundraising is difficult for many clubs I hope that this funding will make the efforts of all volunteers in the club that bit easier.

Togher Youth Resilience Project – Happy Hub – based at Togher Family Centre is to receive €5,500.  This will enable the team to provide quality affordable activities to over 50 children a week.  The initiative will take place during July 2014 and it will encourage the children participating to reach their full potential.  Togher Family Centre already provides great support in the development of early years education and the provision of childcare, this funding will now allow it to further expand the services it offers to the local community.

Across our city there are many groups that provide valuable community services, often relying on the volunteering spirit of those who freely give their time.  Each of these groups plays an important role in developing a sense of community, providing healthy and positive activities that are widely available.  This latest round of funding supports the efforts of all those who have helped develop St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club and Togher Family Centre in to important community resources.