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Tipperary GAA Scene – December 14th 2022

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Tipperary GAA Scene – December 14th 2022

GAA club walking tracks to benefit from Healthy Ireland grant support

Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, TD, left, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Larry McCarthy, centre, and Head of Healthy Ireland, Tom James, mark the launch of Healthy Ireland’s funding to help upgrade GAA club walking tracks at Croke Park.

The GAA is delighted to announce a once-off funding opportunity from Healthy Ireland designed to make community walking tracks located on GAA grounds more accessible to more people. Open to GAA, LGFA, and Camogie clubs in the Republic of Ireland, the €800,000 funding is designed to make existing walking tracks more accessible to persons with mobility issues, such as older persons and wheelchair users. Funding may also cover the upgrading or installation of lighting designed to prolong the hours of usage particularly during the dark winter evenings. Healthy Ireland is a long-standing partner of the Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Programme and supporter of the GAA’s efforts to maximise clubs’ positive impact on the health and wellbeing of their communities. GAA clubs have in recent years invested heavily in the installation of walking tracks to support this outcome. Tens of thousands of people participate annually in the GAA’s Ireland Lights Up initiative, which runs each January/February in conjunction with RTE’s Operation Transformation and has become Ireland’s biggest walking intervention. The funding will be allocated via a competitive application process. It is open to all GAA, LGFA, and Camogie clubs in the Republic of Ireland with an existing walking track/amenity. GAA/LGFA/Camogie clubs that use the same facilities are required to submit a joint application. Only one application per club allowed.

The Healthy Ireland grant funding may be used to:

  • Upgrade existing walking track surfaces
  • Improve access/usability for persons with mobility issues
  • Install/upgrade to LED lighting along existing walking track route
  • Upgrade/maintain existing walking track boundaries

Funding is not applicable for:

  • Development of new walking tracks
  • Floodlighting for pitches that also lights walking tracks

To read further, visit website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/tipperary-gaa-scene-december-14th-2022/

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