Sport Ireland makes Irish rowers second largest funding beneficiaries

Sport Ireland has announced how it is to share its €1.9m investment fund for 2018. The amount is up on last year by €100,000  but down on it’s peak in 2012 of €2.34m. Although the number of athletes being funded is also up on last year, the number receiving the highest awards has fallen by four to 12.

The awards are categorised as Podium, worth €40,000, World Class, worth €20,000 and International, worth €12,000. Irish sculler, Sanita Puspure has been dropped down from Podium to World Class this year. Maybe not surprisingly given their heavyweight ambitions,  Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll are on World Class levels of €20,000 each despite their success at the World Rowing Championships in 2017.

After the Irish Paralympians, who received a total of €325,000, Irish rowers are now the second most supported group, receiving a total of €212,000, followed by Irish athletics who receive €184,000. Gary and Paul O’Donovan both receive the highest support of €40,000 each whilst the Irish U23 squad get a pooled award of €40,000. Denise Walsh, Aifric Keogh and Aileen Crowley will get €20,000 each whilst Monika Dukarska will only receive €12,000.

The full list of allocations can be downloaded here.