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Local TD 'liaising' with Sports Minister for Castleblayney soccer club funding

Aug 11, 2022 17:08 By News Northern Sound
Local TD 'liaising' with Sports Minister for Castleblayney soccer club funding Local TD 'liaising' with Sports Minister for Castleblayney soccer club funding
Deputy Smyth with coaches/committee members from Blayney Rovers.
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Councillor Colm Carthy also issued a call for funding at a recent MD meeting.

A local TD is "liaising" with the Sports Minister to seek funding for permanent toilets at a Castleblayney soccer club.

It follows similar calls at a recent Carrickmacross-Castleblayney MD meeting.

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth says she is "liaising" with the Minister for Sport, Jack Chambers, about seeking funding for Blayney Rovers Soccer Club.

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In a statement to Northern Sound, Deputy Smyth said the club "needs investment to provide for toilet facilities and a second playing field to cater for their growing numbers".

She added that she has "briefed Minister Chambers personally and will be pressing for funding", and that Minister Chambers assured her that he is reviewing the case.

A similar call for funding was made at the most recent Carrickmacross-Castleblayney MD meeting.

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Councillor Colm Carthy said it was great to see Blayney Rovers "packed" over the summer but warned that there are only temporary toilets in place, with no permanent facilities.

He added that the club had put in an application for funding at the start of the year but were refused.

He called on the MD to "see if there are any forms of funding that could be made available", adding that "it would not cost a lot of money but would really help the club".

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Acting MD Co-ordinator, Damien Thornton, confirmed that the MD would "look at what funding is available here".

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