Carlow County Council offices on the Athy Road
Carlow County Council has passed a budget for 2019 this afternoon which included an historic fund towards Carlow Community Games of €10,000.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Brian O’Donoghue, welcomed the new fund which came to fruition from discussions with members from the community games executive.
"When I attended the county finals in Ardattin this summer I listened to the chairman Paul Doogue make an appeal to the council for some support and I heard him loud and clear," said the Rathvilly councillor.
"Within two weeks I met with members of the executive from community games and we discussed many of the wonderful things about community games and some of the challenges, funding was an issue, and so we looked at the costs of some new equipment, technology, and running costs and I then approached the council," he added.
Cllr O'Donoghue said: "I made the case that community games is a unique organisation. No other organisation caters for more sports, activities and games, with everything from athletics to GAA, to variety, hand writing and chess and so it’s a no brainer for me that the County Council should support County Community Games.
"It would be unfair for the Council to be seen to be supporting one particular sport, whether it be GAA, rugby or soccer, but with community games we have an opportunity to support so many different sports, games, talents and as a result, futures."
He added: "County community games over the years has produced so many wonderful Carlow ambassadors, with Molly Scott and Marcus Lawlor to name just two and so my dream is that with this funding and hopefully with continued funding in the coming years, albeit in smaller amounts, that Carlow County Council will have helped nurture an internationally successful athlete, actor or artist of the future.
"I would like to thank my colleagues on Carlow County Council who supported this initiative by supporting today’s budget."
The budget was passed this afternoon after 16 councillors voted in favour and two against.
Cllr John Cassin and Cllr Andy Gladney voted against the budget.
The budget was proposed by Cllr Michael Doran and seconded by Cllr Willie Quinn.