THREE facilities in south Donegal are among 14 swimming pools and leisure centres to receive a share of €110,000 from Sport Ireland.
Sport Ireland appointed Ireland Active, the representative body for the leisure, health and fitness sector to administer the swimming pool grant scheme, supported by partners Swim Ireland.
Ballyshannon Leisure Centre has been allocated €13,094 under the scheme.
The Hollyrood Hotel in Bundoran has been granted €7,968 while the Great Northern Hotel, also in Bundoran, will receive €1,741.
Frank Frighan, Minister for State at the Department for Health, welcomed the news.
He said: “While it is appreciated that this is a difficult time for swimming pool operators across the country, the funding announced today will help to provide some financial stability to the sector in the uncertain months ahead.
“Earlier this year, the Government announced a significant increase in the budget for sport in 2021. This will also provide further resilience to the sport sector as we look to emerge from the current crisis.
“Swimming Pool operators have demonstrated their resilience throughout the pandemic. It is important that this resilience continues into the weeks and months ahead as we look to emerge from this crisis.
“The funding announced today will assist swimming pool operators in getting everyone active and keeping them active.
“As Minister with responsibility for the Healthy Ireland Framework I wish to reiterate that Keeping active and keeping well has never been more important and it is essential for our physical and mental health and wellbeing.”