McHugh announces major investment for sports facilities in south Donegal

More than a quarter million euro has been granted for investment in sports facilities in south Donegal.

The money will go toward a top class athletics centre at Colaiste na Carraige in Carrick.

The announcement was made this morning by the Minister for Education and Skills and Donegal TD Joe McHugh.

He says the €260,000 investment in sports at Colaiste na Carraige in Carrick will be ‘a gamechanger’ for the secondary school, local communities, clubs and organisations in the area.

The minister says the government has now committed €191,753 to the athletics centre project, with another €65,000 coming through the work of the committee behind the ambitious plan.

He adds that it will create a new home for fitness courses, for training, for PE and for athletes to test themselves, and for clubs to attract and nurture new raw talent.

And he says he is delighted to hear about the support for the project from local football clubs, Tallow Rowing Club and primary schools.

The multi-sports project will include athletics and field sports facilities for long jump, high jump, pole jump, running track with lanes, and a 300m walking path around the perimeter, an all-weather pitch and two five-aside football pitches.

A tartan running track is to be built to the highest standards with special anti-damp finish.

The plan also includes 10 pieces of fitness equipment for adults and a fence and lighting around the facility.

Minister McHugh has been telling Ocean FM’s Harry Keaney how the project is the result of collaboration between many groups in the area.