Tremane GAA Club is to receive €5,000 funding under the Texaco Support for Sport initiative.
The scheme was launched last September by Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
Open to sports clubs across the 26 counties, irrespective of sporting discipline, size, membership, age, cultural appeal or gender, the initiative saw a fund of €130,000 being made available by Valero for distribution in equal amounts of €5,000 to successful applicants chosen on a county-by-county basis.
Congratulating Tremane on its success, James Twohig, Director of Ireland Operations, Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, highlighted that a feature evident in almost all applications was the pressure felt by clubs in the current circumstances to expand their role within their local communities with increased membership demands and the need for extra equipment and improved facilities.
“The purpose of our initiative is to help clubs to overcome these obstacles so that they can continue to remain active and at the very heart of their local communities. This is why we believe our initiative has been so warmly welcomed by sports clubs nationwide in its launch year,” he said.
One of almost 400 clubs countrywide to make an application under the scheme, Tremane GAA Club is a small but progressive club committed to spreading “the majesty of hurling” to the community and county of Roscommon.
Located in the parish of Athleague and Knockcroghery, it has a proud 75-year history and was the first non-Galway club to win the Connacht senior club hurling championship in 1977.
The €5,000 award made to the Tremane Club under the Texaco Support for Sport initiative will be used to fund further development of the grounds and the addition of a Portacabin fully equipped with kitchen, toilet, office area and meeting space as an interim step towards the building of a clubhouse.
Overseeing the adjudication process was Texaco Support for Sport ambassador, acclaimed broadcaster and former Irish rugby international, Donncha O’Callaghan who described the Tremane club as “a fantastic amenity and a very worthy winner”.