Members of Leitrim Village ICA and helpers at a recent Cake Sale and Coffee Morning in St. Joseph's Centre .
A total of 32 groups in Leitrim are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people. The Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland is awarding over €8,690 to groups around Leitrim, and nationwide grants totalling almost €300,000.
The successful Leitrim groups are:
24/7 Family Carers, 99 Club Active Age Group ARA, Annaduff ICA, Aughavas ICA, Aughavas/Cloone Active Age, Ballinamore Active Age ARA, Ballinamore Women's Group, Breffni Community Development Co Ltd (FRC), Carrick-on-Shannon Active Age, Carrick-on-Shannon ICA, Carrigallen and Drumeela ARA, Cloone ICA, Club Cluainin Active Age Group Manorhamilton ARA, Dromahair Wednesday Club ARA, Drumreilly Active Age Group, Eslin Ladies Group, Fenagh Active Age ARA, Glencar Feel Good Club (active age club), Glencar ICA, Glenfarne Active Age group ARA, Glenfarne ICA, Golden Age Group Annaduff / Drumsna, Gortletteragh Autumn Club ARA, Irish Wheelchair Association, Carrick on Shannon, Killenummery Womens Group, Kiltoghert Women's Group, Kiltyclogher Feel Good Club (active age club), Leitrim Development Company, Leitrim Sports Partnership, Leitrim Village ICA, Mohill Active Age, Thursday Club Rossinver ARA
The aim of the grants is to improve the health and well being of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Groups benefitting this year include Men’s Sheds, ICA guilds, Active Retirement Groups, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
Announcing the successful grantees at the Ballybough Community Centre, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, said: ‘Over the last seventeen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country.
"Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants. The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.’