Sports Council announces grants for next 12 months

Five boxers retain top grant of €40,000 but a number of athletes see funding cut for the coming year

Iirsh boxer Joe Ward, who will retain his grant of ¤40,000 for the next 12 months. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Iirsh boxer Joe Ward, who will retain his grant of ¤40,000 for the next 12 months. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile


Boxing was the main winner in this year’s Irish Sports Council (ISC) carding scheme allocations. The most successful Irish Olympic sport had five athletes on the maximum €40,000 Podium award with all four medal winners at London 2012, Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes picking up the top grant as well as European light heavyweight champion Joe ward.

The overall total for the Carding Scheme was down from €2.34 million in 2012 to €1.7 million this year, which is a decrease of around €600,000 available to be disbursed among the athletes.

In athletics, Derval O’Rourke is placed in the third International category of awards of just €12,000, while Ken Egan, the Beijing Olympic silver medallist also receives €12,000 despite the fact he announced his retirement from competitive boxing when he was beaten by Ward in the Elite national Senior Championships this year.

Overall the budget to sport has slipped by 2.9 per cent from last year, which has been a regular trend over the past number of years as the country struggles with recession. The Carding scheme is also in transition as the ISC seek to empower national Governing Bosies of sport to play a larger role in the disbursement of money.

“”We are pushing more responsibility onto the governing bodies,” said ISC Chief Executive John Treacy. “WE are giving more money to the NGBs.”

Overall an investment package of €33 million was announced with €19.3 million going to the governing bodies, €5.1 million to local sports and €8.6 million to High Performance sports. Of the €19.3 million that goes to the governing bodies, a substantial chunk of €7.6 million will support the participation programmes of the GAA, FAI and IRFU.

Carding Allocations 2013

Athletics Ireland

€40,000 (Podium)

Robert Heffernan

€20,000 (World Class)

Ciaran O'Lionard

Deirdre Ryan

Fionnuala Britton

€12,000 (International)

Brendan Boyce

Victoria Pena

Derval O'Rourke

Linda Byrne

Mark Kenneally

Brian Gregan

Laura Reynolds

Ava Hutchinson

Caitriona Jennings

Jessie Barr

Badminton Ireland


Chloe Magee

Scott Evans

Sam Magee

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland


Roberta Connolly

Padraic Moran

Irish Amateur Boxing Association


Katie Taylor

Michael Conlan

Paddy Barnes

John Joe Nevin

Joe Ward


Adam Nolan

Darren O'Neill


Ceire Smith

Ken Egan

Conrad Cummings

Jason Quigley

Ross Hickey

Con Sheehan

David Oliver Joyce

John Joe Joyce

Irish Canoe Union


Hannah Craig

Andrzej Jezierski

Ciaran Heurteau

Eoin Rheinisch


Barry Watkins

Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association


Derek Burnett

Cycling Ireland


James Brown

Colin Lynch

Mark Rohan

Catherine Walsh


Andrew Fitzgerald

Katie George Dunlevy

Martyn Irvine

Enda Smyth

Caroline Ryan


Eoin Mullen

Irish Judo Association


Lisa Kearney

Paralympic Athletics Ireland


Orla Barry

Michael McKillop

Jason Smyth

Catherine O'Neill


Heather Jameson

Ailish Dunne

Paralympic Swimming Ireland


Darragh McDonald

Bethany Firth


Ellen Keane

Jonathan McGrath

Laurence McGivern

James Scully

Pentathlon Ireland


Natalya Coyle


Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe

Eanna Bailey

Rowing Ireland


Sanita Puspure


Claire Lambe

Irish Sailing Association


Peter O'Leary

Annalise Murphy


Ryan Seaton

Matthew McGovern


James Espey

Scott Flanigan

John Twomey

Ian Costelloe

Swim Ireland


Sycerika McMahon


Barry Murphy

Grainne Murphy

Christopher Bryan

Fiona Doyle

IWA Sport


Rena McCarron

Philip Quinlan

Triathlon Ireland


Aileen Reid


Bryan Keane

Gavin Noble