Tag: Team Ireland

Further Details of Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR) Announced

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links below.

Limerick: Thomond Park Conference Center, Monday 06/02/17, 7-9 pm. Book:


Athlone: AIT Main Building, Business Section. Tuesday 07/02/17 7-9pm. Book:


Dublin: Conference Center, National Sports Campus, Wednesday 08/10/17 6-7.30 pm & 8-9.30 pm. Book:


Cork: Cork Constitution FC, Churchyard Lane. Friday 10/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-cork-tickets-31225133214

Sligo:  Sligo RSC, Cleveragh. Monday 13/02/17  7-9 pm

Book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-sligo-tickets-31223757098


The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.


All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February


For more information on the Programme including a YouTube guide to application process and a sample application form visit www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie


Senior National Team – Call Ups

On November 19th the Senior National Team held their first Open Try Outs at the National Sports Campus in Abbottstown.  The day was a huge success, with over 100 players registered and support from Avonmore & Shadowman; even the weather obliged with bright blue skies.  Players travelled from all over Ireland and represented almost every club in IAFA. They were put through their paces by the National Team’s coaching staff.  A combination of athletic tests and football drills were used to evaluate players.  It may well have been the biggest gathering of players and coaches in Ireland for a non-game event.

The Senior National Team staff issued invites to successful candidates.

The following players have been added to the Senior National squad:

O-Line:  David Shaw, Phil Gunning, Barry Conlan, Dean Johnston, Barry Bolton, Richie Cronin.

QB: Sam Doran, Kevin Duffy.

WR: Dave Bennett, Declan Mulvihill.

RB: Alfie O’Sullivan, Gareth Millar, Ola Bademosi. 

D-Line: Stephen Conor, Ikpons Idelegbagbon, Peter Farrell, Thomas Kavanagh, Luke Kenny. 

LB: Eoin Feely, Eoghan Hurley.  

DB:  Senan O’Mahony, Micheal Skyes, Lewis Barrett, Wellington Omo, Michael Kane. 

These players will attend the next Senior National Team training session in February 2017.  Players who were not selected at this point, contributed hugely to the success of the day and also put themselves on the radar of the coaching staff, who now have baseline measurements of their athletic abilities.  We are very much looking forward to seeing them in action within their clubs and have challenged all of them to make a massive impression on the gridiron, which is after all the best test in American Football!