‘GAA clubs take almost third of Sport Hardship Fund Grants’ – Allister

Jim Allister

GAA clubs have taken “almost a third of Sport Hardship Fund Grants,” TUV leader and North Antrim MLA Jim Allister says.

Mr Allister said: “In April the Sinn Fein controlled Department of Communities announced a £500,000 hardship fund which would provide £2,000 grants to sports clubs and organisations to assist with essential overheads and the cost of maintaining their facilities during the pandemic.

“Concerns were expressed to me that the GAA had obtained more than their fair share of the fund so I submitted a written question asking for a list of the successful clubs and organisations.

“Of the 283 clubs and organisations which successfully applied to the fund, 89 were GAA clubs. To put that in context, just three hockey clubs, six rugby clubs, six golf clubs and eleven bowling clubs were successful in applying to the fund. More GAA clubs obtained money than football, rugby, bowling, hockey and golf clubs combined.

“Interestingly, no fewer than three of the GAA clubs which made successful applications are named after notorious defender of slavery John Mitchel.

“Should public money really be used to fund clubs which continue to celebrate a man who founded a newspaper to advocate for “the value and virtue of slavery, both for negroes and white men”?

“On the one hand, Sinn Fein claim to support the cause of the Black Lives Matter movement while at the same time a Sinn Fein controlled department was writing cheques to GAA clubs which immortalise one of the most notorious racists in Irish history.

“On the wider issue of the fund, there is a need to fundamentally review how this money was distributed and why GAA clubs have been much more successful in applying than other sports.”

Mr Allister was told that by 12 June 2020 the clubs listed below have received the £2,000 Hardship Grant for Sport.

List of Clubs Awarded

Abbey Villa Football Club
John Mitchels Ballygalget GAC
AFC Craigavon Sports & Social Club
John Mitchels GAC Claudy
Aghaderg GFC & Ballyvarley HC
Jump NI
All Saints GAC
Keady Michael Dwyers GAA Club
Annagh United FC
Kilkeel Golf Club
Ardboe O’Donovan Rossa GAC
Killeeshil St Marys GFC
Ardmore Cricket Club
Killough FC
Ardmore Football Club
Killyleagh FC
Ards Boxing Club
Kilrea GAC
Ards Rangers Football Athletic Recreational Social Club
Kilrea Golf Club
Armagh City FC
Laurelvale Cricket Club
Armagh Fisheries Ltd Incorporating Armagh and District Angling Club
Lenadoon Amateur Sports Community Interest Company
Asylum Weightlifting Club Ltd.
Ligoniel Amateur Boxing Club
Ballerin GAC
Limavady Recreation Club
Ballycastle Bowling And Social Recreation Centre
Lisburn Bmx Club
Ballyearl Squash Rackets & Social Club
Lisburn Cricket Club
Ballykinlar GAC
Lisburn Distillery F.C
Ballymacash Rangers Football Club
Lisburn Golf Club
ballymacash rangers youth fc
Lisburn Racquets Club
Ballymartin GFC
Lisburn Rangers FC
Ballymena Bowling Club
Loughgall FC
Ballymoney Bowling Club
Loughinisland GAC
Ballymoney United FC
Loughmacrory & Murrins District Angling Association
Ballynafeigh Tennis and Squash Club
Loughmacrory Community Development Association
Ballynahinch Olympic FC
Love Hockey Ireland
Ballynahinch United FC
Lurgan Town Football Club
Ballyvea Football Club
Maguiresbridge Pitch Development and Management Committee
Banbridge RFC
Midland Amateur Boxing Club
Bann Rowing Club
Monkstown Amateur Boxing Club
Belcoo O’Rahilly’s GAC
Moortown St Malachys GAC
Belfast Aikido
Mountjoy United FC
Belfast Celtic C.I.C.
Muckamore Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club
Belfast Indoor Bowls Club
Na Piarsaigh Eanach Mór CLG (Annaghmore Pearses GAA)
Belfast ‘KRONK’ Boxing Gym
Naomh Pádraig – St Patrick’s Gaelic Athletic Club
Belfast Trojans American Football Club
Netball NI
Belnaleck Art McMurraghs
Newbuildings United FC
Bourneview Mill Football Club
Newcastle Football Club
Brackaville Owen Roes GFC
Newry Mitchels GFC
Brigade Cricket Club
Newry Olympic Hockey Club
Brockagh Emmetts GFC
Newry RFC
Brookeborough Heber Mac Mahons GAC
Newtownbutler First Fermanagh GFC
Bryansburn Rangers Football Club
Burndennett Cricket Club
North Belfast Working Mens Club/ Bowlers Section
Bushmills and District Motorcycle Club
North Down Boxing and Fitness Club
CAD Developments Limited (T/A: Glenaden Arena)
North Fermangh Cricket & Association Football Club
Caledon Rovers Football Club
North West Cricket Union Limited
Camlough Rovers FC
Northern Ireland Karate-Do Wado-Kai
Carey Faughs GAC
O’Donnabhain Rossa Mullabrack
Carniny Amateur and Youth FC
Old Bleach Bowling Club
Carrickfergus Cricket Club
Oliver Plunkett Amateur Boxing Club
Carrickfergus Rugby Football Club
Omagh Hockey Club
Carryduff GAC
Omagh St Enda’s Gaelic Athletic Club
Castlewellan & Annsborough Angling Club
Ophir RFC
Celtic Bhoys FC
Ormeau Road Boxing Club
Churchill United Football Club
Owenbeg Bowling Club
Clann na Banna GFC
Oxford Sunnyside FC
CLG An Glaic, O Connors Glack GAA
Peadar O Doirnin GAA Club
CLG Naomh Colum Cille Oilean agus Cluain
PG Performance
Clogher Eire Og GAC
Phoenix Health & Fitness Community Gym
Clogher Valley Golf Club
Polish Anglers Northern Ireland – Community
Clomore Robert Emmmets GAA Club
Portaferry Town Sports Club
Clonoe Amateur Boxing Club
Portstewart Football & Community Club
Clonoe O’Rahilly’s GFC
Rainey Old Boys RFC
Clonoe Rural Development Agency
Rathfriland FC
Coa GAA Club
Redmond O’Hanlon GAC
Coagh Sports Centre
Riding for the Disabled Association (Coleraine & District Group) Ltd
Coagh United Football Club
Rise Running Club
Coalisland Fianna GFC
Rochester’s Amateur Boxing Club
Coleraine Bowling Club
Roger Casements GAC
Coleraine FC
Roslea Shamrocks GFC
Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC
Russell Gaelic Union
Comber Rec FC
Saintfield Cricket Club
Community Sports Network
Saintfield Sports Club
Con Magee’s GAC
Saintfield United FC
Corpus Christi Amateur Boxing Club
Santos Football Club
County Antrim Indoor Bowling Club
Seagoe FC
County Antrim Yacht Club
Shane O’Neills GFC
Creating Help In Local Districts t/a CHILD Training Academy
Shankill United FC
Cregagh Sports Club
Silverbridge Boxing Club
Creggan Country Park Enterprises Ltd
Sólás Special Needs Charity
Crewe United Football And Social Club
Soul Studio- Belfast CIC
Crossgar Golf Club
Spa Golf Club
Crumlin United FC
Spartans Amateur Boxing Club
Culloville GFC
Springfield Star Football Club
Cumann Pheadair Naofa CLG Warrenpoint
St Brigids GAC (Belfast)
Derriaghy C C Football Club
St Bronaghs (Rostrevor) GAA
Derriaghy Cricket Club
St canices abc Dungiven
Derrylin O’Connells GAA
St Colmcilles Grange GFC
Derrynoose Community Centre
St Colms GAC Drum
Dollingstown FC
St Comgalls GAC
Donacloney Football Club
St James GAC
Donaghadee Cricket Club
St John Bosco Amateur Boxing Club, Belfast
Donaghcloney Mill Cricket Club
St John’s Boxing Club
Donaghmore & District Community Association
St Joseph’s GAC (Ederney)
Donemana Cricket Club
St Killian’s GFC
Dorsey Emmetts GAC
St Macartan’s GAC
Dromara GAC
St Malachy’s GAC
Dromara Village Football Club
St Malachys Hurling Club Portadown
Dromore Rugby Football Club
St Martins GAC
Drummond Cricket & FC
St Mary’s GAC (Faughanvale)
Dunbarton Bowling Club
St Mary’s Gac, Aghagallon
Dundela Football & Athletic Club
St McCartans GAC
Dungannon Tigers FC
St Michael’s Amateur Boxing Club
Dungannon United Youth CIC
St Michael’s GAC
Dungiven Celtic Youth Football Club
St Michaels Gaelic Football Club
Dunloy GAA Club
St Monica’s Boxing Club Newry
Dunmurry Young Men’s FC
St Patrick’s Amateur Boxing Club
Dunnaman Football Club
St Patrick’s GAC (Cullyhanna)
Dynamic Gymnastics Club
St Patrick’s GAC (Loup)
East Down Athletics Club
St Patricks GAC Saul
Edendork GAC
St Patrick’s GFC Donaghmore
Éire Óg An Charraig Mhór Hurling and Camogie Club
St Patrick’s GFC Rock
Elite Community Fitness Gym
St Pauls Amateur Boxing Club
Elite Gym Academy CIC
St Trea’s GFC Ballymaguigan
Emerald ABC
St. Canices GAA
Enniskillen Athletic ABC
St. Marys GAC, Rasharkin
Enniskillen Rangers FC
St.Marys Banagher GAC
Eoghan Ruadh Hurling Club
Star of the Sea ABC
Erne Gaels GAC
Stewartstown Harps GAC
Eskra Emmetts GAA Club
Strength Militia
Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland (EMSONI)
Studio 5 NI CIC
Evolution Boxing Club
Tandragee Rovers FC
Ewarts Bowling Club
Tattyreagh St Patrick’s GAC
Fitmoms & Kids
Team Tetsu
Fivemiletown United FC
Tempo Maguire’s GAC
Forthriver Bowling & Tennis Club
The Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society
Fox Lodge Cricket Club
The Lifting Room functional fitness
Galbally GAA
Tir Na nOg GFC
Gleann Amateur Boxing Club
Tobermore United FC
Glenariffe Ossians GAA Club
Trainors boxing academy
Glenn John Martin GAC
Triangle Judo Club
Glenravel Community Development Association
Trillick Enterprise Leisure Ltd
Golift Weightlifting Club
TTBS Juniors
Gort Na Mona GAC
Tullylish Amateur Boxing Club
Greater Village Regeneration Trust -Fit4Life Centre
Tullysaran O’Connells GAC
Greenisland Football Club
Tullyvallen Rangers FC
Greysteel Community Enterprise
Tummery Athletic FC
Hanover Football Club
TW Braga
Hawarden Tennis Club
Two Castles ABC
Henry Joy McCracken GAC Moneymore
Waringstown Cricket Club
Hillsborough Boys Football Club
Watty Graham’s GFC
Hillsborough Village Community Centre Ltd
Wellington Recreation FC
Holy Trinity Amateur Boxing Club
Willowfield Bowling Club
Holywood Cricket Club
Woodvale Football Club
Irish Disabled Fly Fishing Association
Youth Sport Omagh Ltd

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