€300,000 Allocated To Promote Exercise Among Older People

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40 groups in the midlands will benefit from nearly €15,000.

Nearly €15,000 in funding has been allocated to encourage older people to exercise.

Age and Opportunity is granted over €300,000 to 909 organisations around the country.

15 groups in Offaly will benefit from just over €6,000, more than €5,000 has been allocated to 14 organisations in Laois and 11 sports clubs and nursing homes in Westmeath will receive nearly €4,000.

The funding will give groups the opportunity to buy equipment and host courses.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne TD, says:

"Today’s funding announcement is very welcome news. The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme has already had a positive impact on communities across Ireland and has contributed towards improving the opportunities for older people to get involved in sports and physical activity. As a Government, we want to see older people helped to be more active and this year’s funding will support sports clubs, Irish Countrywomen’s Association Guilds, and Active Retirement Associations in meeting that goal."

Karen Horgan, CEO of Age & Opportunity, welcomed the ongoing partnership with Sport Ireland. 

"Today’s grant funding is helping us create an Ireland where more older people are more active and more connected. We are delighted to note the number of successful applications from sports clubs who are seeing an increase in the numbers of older people joining their activities. Indeed many of them are specifically organising courses to cater for an older cohort.

We are also delighted that this year 281 successful applications were from designated disadvantaged areas. In addition, there were 50 successful applications from nursing homes and 59 from day care centres. The renewed focus on providing meaningful activities in these settings is particularly welcome given the impact that Covid has had on older people in these settings."


  • Brownstown Camogie Club
  • Milltown Table Tennis Club
  • Athlone Athletics Club
  • Cairde Active Retirement (T/A Killucan Area Services CLG)
  • Mullingar GAA Handball
  • Muiriosa Fondation
  • Mullingar Golf Club
  • Bun Brosna/ Multyfarnham /Ballinafid ARA
  • Athboy ICA
  • Tyrrellspass (Forever Friends) ARA
  • Castlepollard ICA


  • Camross Parish Development Association
  • Laois Sports Partnership
  • The Castletown Active Age Club
  • Clough ICA
  • Happy Hearts ARI Portarlington
  • Leighlinbridge ARA
  • Oakdale Nursing Home
  • Spink ICA
  • Castletown ICA
  • 50 + Active Age Group Portlaoise ARA
  • Killenard ARA
  • Ballyroan ARA
  • Portlaoise Panther Basketball Club
  • Clonad ICA


  • Offaly Sports Partnership,
  • Tullamore Canoe Club,
  • Edenderry Badminton Club,
  • Seir Kieran GAA,
  • Rehab Care,
  • Tullamore ARA,
  • BLC Developments Active Age,
  • Athlone Irish Countrywomen's Association,
  • Barna ARA,
  • Arden View Active Age Group,
  • Tullamore ICA,
  • Mucklagh ARA,
  • Rahan ICA,
  • Seir Kieran ARA,
  • Ballykilmurry ARA.

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