Four Donegal clubs and groups have been announced as county winners in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2022.
The Donegal Rape Crisis Centre, CLG Baile na nGallóglach (
The awards were created to honour and showcase the inspiring work being carried out by thousands of projects, clubs and individuals in their local communities across Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding. Nearly 30 cent of every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.
Announcing the County winners today, National Lottery CEO, Andrew Algeo, said: “The stories and insights that we read in this year’s entries truly exemplified the positive impact that the groups, sports clubs and organisations who receive National Lottery funding, are having in towns and villages all over Ireland. Celebrating the inspirational work being carried out by these extraordinary beneficiaries and recognising the effect that they have on their communities is exactly what the Good Causes Awards are all about.”
The Donegal winners are:
Donegal Rape Crisis Centre – Health & Wellbeing
Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre is a registered charity which offers a range of free services to support & heal the trauma experienced by all survivors of sexual violence aged 12 years and over, and their families in a safe, welcoming & confidential environment. Thanks to funding through the HSE National Lottery Scheme, they delivered a series of educational workshops and information sessions around Consent and Sexual Violence, aimed primarily at second and third level students.
CLG Baile na nGallóglach (
CLG Baile na nGallóglach is a small GAA club located in rural Donegal. Formed in 1983, the club’s aim is to provide Gaelic games to the people in the area. With a Sports Capital grant, they were able to purchase a storage shed, goalposts & training equipment. This facility is now primarily used for all age groups and ensures that their youngest members have a dedicated facility to train at.
CDP na Rosann CTR – Community
CDP na Rosann CTR was set up in 2002 to overcome the effect of disadvantage in the Rosses area. They run a wide range of classes and courses for adults, older people, children, people with chronic illnesses and disability, carers, befrienders and everyone else in between. Thanks to funding from the HSE National Lottery scheme, they can offer carers reflexology sessions to enable them to relax and unwind, coupled with stress management training.
Disert Heritage Group – Heritage
The Disert Heritage Project is a community-based archaeological research collaboration between the Disert Heritage Group and IT Sligo. It centres on the unique archaeological landscape surrounding St Colmcille’s holy well in the townland of Disert, in the parish of Inver, Co Donegal. Good Causes funding via The Heritage Council has been instrumental as it has enabled them to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for Disert. This provided a wealth of archaeological, environmental, historical, folklore and oral history information on the site.
The awards, which culminates in a Gala Awards Dinner in Kildare on Saturday 1st October, has seven main categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community, Youth and Irish Language.
The full list of County Winners can be found at www.lottery.ie/good-causes-
The 118 County Finalists will now compete for a place in the National Finals judging phase next month, after which the 35 National Finalists will be announced.
The total prize fund for the Good Causes Awards is €130,000 and each of the 35 finalists will win €1,000 when they are announced in June. At the awards ceremony in October, each of the seven category winners will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will take home an additional €25,000.