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Limerick Minister represents Ireland in New Zealand and Australia for St Patrick’s Day
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan represented the Government at last week’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Australia and New Zealand which included visits to the New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions where he outlined Ireland’s bid for the Rugby World Cup 2023. Patrick O’Donovan also visited a number of Irish Centres, spoke at trade events, met Australian and New Zealand tour operators and engaged with Irish Companies seeking to win business in Australia and New Zealand and companies from there looking for opportunities in Europe.
Patrick O’Donovan travelled to Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He visited four Irish centres where he met people from across the island of Ireland, some of whom travelled from home over sixty five years ago. He spoke at a number of events and welcomed Irish people of all ages to the Irish Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate in Sydney where he spoke of the important cultural, historic and economic links between the two countries. In Brisbane he met with the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Queensland at a celebration of St Patrick’s Day which is now almost one hundred and twenty years old.
“This St. Patrick’s Day trip also gave me the opportunity to talk to representatives of rugby in Australia and New Zealand through our bid for 2023, and show clearly the Government’s commitment to it. I also learned of how New Zealand managed the tournament when they had it, and how the organisers of the tournament interacted with the New Zealand Government. There are a lot of similarities between Ireland and New Zealand and I used the opportunities when I met the country’s sports Minister and New Zealand High Performance our equivalent of Sport Ireland, to get an insight into their international sporting achievements particularly in the Olympics.”
In New Zealand Minister O’Donovan met representatives of GAA Clubs from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and other cities in the country where he heard first-hand how the games were developing. He also met representatives of Auckland Rugby in Eden Park, the national stadium for New Zealand Rugby.
In Auckland, Wellington and Sydney Patrick O’Donovan met a range of tour operators and airlines operating in both countries with Tourism Ireland in. He discussed opportunities for Australian and New Zealand tourists visiting Ireland with over one hundred and fifty representatives and highlighted the increased air access to Ireland from both countries through the Middle East. Patrick O’Donovan in his role as Minister for Tourism also attended “greening” events where famous buildings were lit up in green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Minister O’Donovan also represented the Government at Enterprise Ireland functions in both countries with up to five hundred people attending functions, including Melbourne, where he spoke on the improvement in the Irish economy, the opportunities for investment and Brexit. The largest gathering took place in Sydney where he was guest of honour at a function with over one thousand six hundred people in attendance including the Prime Minister of the State of New South Wales. He was also present for the launch of a new Irish product on to the Australian market and witnessed the signing of agreements between Irish companies and customers in Melbourne and Auckland.
“This visit to New Zealand and Australia was of huge importance, not only in terms of celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but also it gave an opportunity to me, on behalf of the Government, to provide details on a number of key points which as a country we are anxious to make. While my schedule was busy, I used every opportunity given to push the case for Ireland and to deepen the relationship between us and Australia and New Zealand. We have a long and proud links to both countries, and it was an honour and a privilege to represent Ireland there for St Patrick’s Day.”
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Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed news that Limerick City and County Council are to receive almost €16million from the Department of Transport for work on our roads in 2017. The total amount for 2017 is increased by over €3million on last year’s allocation to €15,905,153.
The amount includes €6.9million for road improvement and restoration, €1.75million for maintenance, almost €3million which the Council can spend on projects it identifies itself, €2.7million for regional and local roads, €288,000 for safety works and €77,000 to carry out work on speed limits.
Minister O’Donovan said that “This is very welcome news especially at the start of the year. Even though the winter has been very mild so far, and we haven’t had the bad weather of previous years where a lot of damage was causes, we still have a huge amount of work across the county which needs to be done on our roads.”
Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the fact that the allocation includes €428,000 for work on bridges along regional and local roads. This will see work carried out in, Ballingarry, Ardagh, Templeglantine, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Dromcollogher, Athea and Castlemahon.
“I am delighted that we have been able to see an increase in the allocation for Co. Limerick. This is as a direct result of the improvement in the overall economy. Over the last number of years we had to cut Government spending on roads, and this had a major impact. I am glad now that as we have begun to recover that we can start to increase investment in our regional and local roads.”
“In Co. Limerick there are a massive amount of regional and local roads which our communities across the County depend on and this will make a major difference.”
Added December 21st, 2016
The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., has announced today that €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. In this regard, online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Clubs not previously registered on the Department’s online application system need to do so in advance of this date and the Ministers encouraged clubs to register now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s Sports Capital Programme website today www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie
The Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan highlighted some of the changes to the terms of the new programme. “The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport, I have been struck by the huge level of interest in the Sports Capital Programme across so many different sporting disciplines. I was determined to make the application process as simple as possible and in this regard we have significantly shortened the application form, issued new guides for completing the form and my Department is also arranging a series of regional workshops in the New Year to assist applicants. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application”.
Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from the 23rd January. A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website.
Added December 12th, 2016
Limerick TD and Minister of State for Tourism, Patrick O’Donovan has launched the Shannon Estuary Drive, a new touring route, branching off the Wild Atlantic Way. The route was proposed by Minister O’Donovan and is being developed as part of a new pilot scheme from Fáilte Ireland to encourage visitors to discover the variety of inland visitor experiences as they travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Patrick O’Donovan said:
“As the Wild Atlantic Way continues to grow at an enormous rate since its launch, we can now start to develop additional experiences for visitors to enjoy and that is why I am delighted that the Shannon Estuary Drive, here in Limerick and also in Clare is the first of its kind along with a similar route in the Burren. This route will help us to plan for a more even spread of visitors across the Mid-West and the West of Ireland.”
“After I was appointed as Minister I immediately set about to put a plan in place to develop this route. I called together the main tourism interests in Limerick to see how we could make progress by working together. The Shannon Estuary Drive will, when fully developed, see a route provided from Foynes on the Wild Atlantic Way, through Limerick and onwards to Killimer in Clare to join up again with the Wild Atlantic Way.”
The Drive is being developed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Limerick City & County Council and Clare County Council and regular progress reports are being provided to Minister Patrick O’Donovan in his role as Minister for Tourism.
Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Strategic Development, Orla Carroll emphasised –
“We are working in close partnership with both Clare and Limerick local authorities and will be developing appropriate navigation aids and viewing points which will involve some capital investment for both areas. While the Wild Atlantic Way continues to thrive in terms of visitor numbers and awareness, we need to ensure we continue to develop and build on it – and use its growing appeal to spread tourism activity into as many parts as possible.”
Added December 9th, 2016
The Minister for Tourism & Sport and TD for Limerick County, Patrick O’Donovan has this morning announced national grants totalling almost €300,000 under the Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland of which 52 groups in Limerick have been successful.
These grants are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Grant recipients include Active Retirement Groups, ICA guilds, 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 Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, in Limerick, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD, said:
‘The National Physical Activity Plan, launched earlier this year, sets an ambitious target to get half a million people more active within ten years. Programmes like Go for Life and the National Grant Scheme will help us reach this target by supporting and empowering older people to get active. The fact that approximately 30,000 people will take part in the activities funded by the grants shows what results can be achieved with a small investment and the record number of applications shows the continued importance of the scheme for local groups throughout the country.’
The successful Limerick groups are: Knocklong ARA, Limerick City ARA, Southill Family Resource Centre FRC, Limerick Regional Probus Club, Caherdavin ICA, Croom Communities in Motion, West Limerick Indoor Bowls, Limerick Federation ICA, Thursday Club (Clarina) ARA, Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Castleconnell ICA, Lansdowne ARA, Ballyagran/Castletown/Colmanswell ARA, ACM Active Social Group Castleconnell, Drombanna ICA, Our Lady Day Care Centre, Ardagh ICA, Limerick Sports Partnership, Abbeyfeale Men’s Shed, Askeaton /Ballysteen ARA, Cappamore ICA, Raheen Co. Limerick ARA, ARA na Féile (Abbeyfeale) ARA, Grange ICA, Southill Dining Club, Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong, Limerick Central ARA, St. John’s Senior Citizens Club, (Janesboro) Our Lady, Queen of Peace – Ladies Retired, Kilmallock ARA, Castlemahon ICA, ARRA Friends Newcastle West ARA, Limerick Strand Probus Club, Pallasgreen ICA, Broadford and District ARA, Limerick City ICA, Bothers of Charity Active Retired Group, Deafhear.ie (Limerick), Castletroy ICA, Adare ARA, Fedamore ICA, Patrickswell ARA, Doon ICA, Dromcollogher & District Respite Care Centre Ltd., Glenroe/Ballyorgan Active Retirement Group, Brothers of Charity, Cluid Housing Association, Limerick Holy Rosary ARA,, Murroe Maria Social Club, St. Mary’s Senior Citizens Club, Bruff Go For Life, Mainistir na Feile ICA
Added December 6th, 2016
The Minister for Tourism & Sport and Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan has launched a capital funding package of €550,000 for Coillte as part of a strategic partnership to boost the tourist experience at a number of the state owned forestry company’s sites and unleash their significant untapped potential for visitors. The announcement was made at the Curraghchase Forest Park, which is one of the six projects that have been selected under this strategic partnership.
This team up with Coillte is the latest in a series of partnerships that Fáilte Ireland is developing with key State agencies and bodies which own and manage attractions and sites that are considered to be of vital importance to tourism. As part of this strategy, Fáilte Ireland is giving capital funding to projects of tourism value as well as providing its considerable expertise in tourism development and marketing.
Announcing the funding, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said: “I am delighted to see such joined-up working between two state agencies where the strengths and assets of each are being combined to really provide us with an enhanced visitor experience. In an unpredictable trading environment, there can be no room for complacency in tourism and we have to continually go out there and battle with competing destinations to win more visitors to our shores. Partnerships like this – which will ultimately provide us with more compelling experiences on the ground – help provide the cutting edge we need to compete.”
“I am delighted that Fáilte Ireland have come on board with €550,000 in capital funding to promote the forest parks, this is the initial funding required to design the works and further funding will then be made available from Fáilte Ireland once the works have been designed and costed. We have a massive asset here in Curraghchase, with 1,000 acres of park land, and it is important to promote this asset.”
Added December 1st, 2016
The Minister for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD has this morning welcomed the news from Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, that €235,000 has been allocated to 29 Limerick projects under CLÁR 2016. The funding announced this morning is part of the €8.24 million in funding allocated to 651 projects across the country today.
The funding for these Limerick communities comes under the CLÁR Safety package for Schools/Community Facilities. CLÁR is a targeted investment programme that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in rural areas.
“This funding is very welcome and will address very important issues such as safety at schools and community centres and the development of amenities for young people in rural areas. This funding will support these local communities as they look to ensure their children are safe and have recreational amenities available to them in their own communities”.
|Glengort||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Tournafulla National School||€2,000.00|
|Mountcollins||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Mountcollins National School||€2,000.00|
|Glenagower||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Athea National School||€2,000.00|
|Ballintober||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Ashford National School||€2,000.00|
|Dromtrasna||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Dromtrasna National School||€2,000.00|
|Port||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Port National School||€2,000.00|
|Caher||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Meenakilla National School||€2,000.00|
|Feenagh||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Feenagh National School||€2,000.00|
|Kilmeedy||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Kilmeedy National School||€2,000.00|
|Glengort||Purchase of Child Safety signs||Tournafulla National School||€1,000.00|
|Glengort||Road markings on approaches to National School||Tournafulla National School||€2,000.00|
|Glengort||Purchase of Speed Safety signs||Tournafulla National School||€10,000.00|
|Dromtrasna||Purchase of Speed Safety signs||Dromtrasna National School||€10,000.00|
|Ballintober||Purchase of Speed Safety signs||Ashford National School||€10,000.00|
|Glin||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Glin National School||€2,000.00|
|Kilfergus||Upgrading of Flashing Amber Safety Lights||Ballygiltenane National School||€2,000.00|
|Glin||Purchase of Child Safety signs||Glin National School||€1,000.00|
|Kilfergus||Purchase of Child Safety signs||Ballygiltenane National School||€1,000.00|
|Kilfergus||Road markings on approaches to National School||Ballygiltenane National School||€2,000.00|
|Kilteely||Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings||Kilteelty National School||€18,000.00|
|Galbally||Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings||Galbally Sports field and school||€18,000.00|
|Kilfinnane||Provision of new pedestrian crossing and road markings||Kilfinnane Secondary School||€18,000.00|
|Anglesborough||Provision of Driver feedback signs and road markings||Anglesborough National School||€14,000.00|
|Doon West||450m of 2m wide cycling and walking footpath.||Cappamore Village to GAA Pitch||€30,000.00|
|Templebraden||Footpaths and road widening measures surrounding the school.||Garrydoolis School||€30,000.00|
|Oola||Assistance for Oola Community Council who manage the burial ground to resurface the car park||Oola Graveyard||€30,000.00|
|Doon South||Purchase of Child Safety signs||Doon CBS||€2,000.00|
|Doon South||Upgrade road markings||Doon CBS||€2,000.00|
|Doon South||Purchase of Speed Safety signs||Doon CBS||€14,000.00|