Posted December 4th, 2012
For the first time in four years sports Capital funding has been provided for Community and Sports groups to develop and improve their facilities. Below is a list of the Wicklow recipient groups which have been approved for funding. I have no doubt that this funding will be hugely beneficial to many communities across our county. Simon
Wicklow Annamoe Community Development Association Limited €40,000
Wicklow Arklow Amateur Boxing Club €40,000
Wicklow Aughrim RFC €3,500
Wicklow Avondale GAA Club €55,000
Wicklow Ballymanus GFC €70,000
Wicklow Ballywaltrim Recreational Park Management Committee €16,000
Wicklow Baltinglass GAA Club €50,149
Wicklow Blessington GAA Club €30,000
Wicklow Bray Bowling Club €77,000
Wicklow Bray Town Council, Ballywaltrim €190,000
Wicklow Co Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club €3,000
Wicklow Cobra Gymnastics Club €10,000
Wicklow Coolkenno Sports Field Ltd. €20,000
Wicklow Dunlavin GAA Club €30,000
Wicklow Greystones Rugby Football Club €47,000
Wicklow Kilcoole Camogie Club €2,000
Wicklow Knockananna G.A.A Club €45,000
Wicklow Lakers Social and Recreation Club Ltd €25,000
Wicklow Our Lady Of Fatima Boxing Club Wicklow €4,000
Wicklow Rathdrum Gymnastics Club €13,000
Wicklow St Patricks GAA Club, Wicklow €50,000
Wicklow St Pats Schoolboy and Schoolgirls Soccer club Avoca €15,000
Wicklow St. Patricks GAA Club, Kilcoole €17,500
Wicklow Tiglin Teen Challenge €24,000
Wicklow Wicklow Rugby Football Club €37,000
Wicklow Woodbrook Garden County Archers €15,000
Posted November 9th, 2012
Wicklow Fine Gael TD, Simon Harris, has today (9/11/2012) welcomed the announcement from the Department of the Environment that €195,727 in funding has been approved under the Rural Development Programme for the expansion of walkways, development of community playground and picnic area in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
‘The provision of funding for the community playground and picnic area will allow for a family friendly venue that will help to attract tourists to the area which would provide a welcome boost for local businesses.
‘I am pleased that this funding has been provided for Tinahely as they will allow for the development of much needed public resources.
‘I very much welcome these developments and look forward to their completion. I believe that these developments will enhance the overall tourist offering of the area.’
Posted September 11th, 2012
Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris commended the efforts of Tidy Towns committees around County Wicklow.
Aughrim continued last year’s success by winning another gold medal in its category in the Tidy Towns 2012 Competition.
Stratford on Slaney was highly commended and Wicklow Town commended in the regional awards, while Glenealy was recognised with the Endeavour Award for having made significant improvements on last year’s performance.
Welcoming the results, Deputy Harris said, ‘The awards are richly deserved and reflect the work that has gone into towns around Wicklow. The Tidy Towns competition is a great example of what can be done by local communities to improve the towns they live in. It is fantastic for getting the community interested and involved in their surroundings and the results have demonstrated the great work done throughout Wicklow over the last year.’
‘I would like to extend my congratulations to all those involved in the Tidy Towns efforts around Wicklow and I look forward to working with the committees for the 2013 competition.’
Posted January 5th, 2012
Wicklow TD attends re-opening of Bank of Ireland in Tinahely. The bank had been closed for months after criminals rammed the building as part of a raid on the premises
Wicklow Fine Gael TD, Simon Harris, this evening (Thursday) attended the official re-opening of Bank of Ireland in Tinahely. This building had been badly damaged following a raid on the premises by criminals which had resulted in the bank being shut and residents of Tinahely left without a financial institution in the town.
Speaking about the re-opening of the bank, Deputy Harris said, “I know that the re-opening of this bank in Tinahely comes as a great relief to local businesses and local residents in the area who had been severely inconvenienced by the closure of this institution. There was a fear in the area that the bank would not re-open. It was really welcome that this fear was never realised and that the bank and local residents came together to ensure that the bank was re-opened on a full time basis in the town.”
“The despicable criminal act in Tinahely could never have been allowed deprive residents of this important local facility. I was really pleased to attend the re-opening tonight and to hear first hand from business owners in the area and local residents the positive impact of having the local bank re-opened will have on the community. Great praise must go to local staff and local residents who showed a real determination in ensuring that the bank re-opened. Their hard work has now been rewarded,” concluded Deputy Harris.
Posted September 26th, 2011
Deputy Harris joins thousands at firework display at Greystones Harbour to mark Culture Night
Wicklow Fine Gael TD, Simon Harris has congratulated all those involved in the many Culture Night events right throughout County Wicklow.
Culture Night held on the 23rd September saw several communities and groups come together to mark the occasion.
Deputy Harris attended a firework display and a variety of musical performances at Greystones Harbour for Culture Night.
Speaking after the event, he said, “It is great to see so many groups from Greystones, Tinahely, Arklow, Wicklow Town, Avoca, Blessington and Rathdrum embrace Culture Night and work tirelessly to put on events which Wicklow residents can enjoy.
“In Greystones, it was particularly good to see the public space at the harbour development open to the people of the town. I look forward to the harbour being fully available to the people of Greystones,” concluded Deputy Harris.
Posted August 30th, 2011
Wicklow TD outlines his support for independent arts centres
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, has paid tribute to the work done by staff and volunteers at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, following a visit to the centre. Deputy Harris said, “There is a great tradition of the arts in communities across Ireland, and I am delighted to see this is continuing in the beautifully restored centre at the Courthouse in Tinahely.”
“The Courthouse will be hosting two free events to mark Culture Night on September 23rd, and I would urge those living nearby to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the centre and become familiar with its work.”
“I will be speaking to my colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan TD, about the need to continue to value and support the work of rural arts centres and the contribution they make to local communities and their economies.”
Posted August 18th, 2011
Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, visited the Wicklow stand with the Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, at the national launch of Culture Night in Dublin Castle yesterday (Wednesday). Culture Night will take place on Friday, September 23rd, and events will be held right across Wicklow.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Harris said, “I am delighted at the wide range of events organised right across County Wicklow. The commitment and dedication of so many groups, voluntary groups, arts groups and town and county councils, to making this night a success is truly incredible and I would like to congratulate them on their energy and enthusiasm.”
Full details of the culture night events which will be held in Wicklow, and across the country, are available on the website www.culturenight.ie.
Simon Harris is pictured with Ann Nolan, Culture Night Coordinator, Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Jenny Sherwin, Arts Officer, Wicklow Council at the Wicklow information stand at the Culture Night Launch.
Posted May 2nd, 2011
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Posted May 1st, 2011
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