A total of 26 groups in Longford are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people (aged over 50).
The Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland is awarding €7,650 to groups around Longford.
These grants are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.
Grant recipients include Active Retirement Groups, ICA guilds, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD, said:
"The National Physical Activity Plan, launched earlier this year, sets an ambitious target to get half a million people more active within ten years. Programmes like Go for Life and the National Grant Scheme will help us reach this target by supporting and empowering older people to get active.
"The fact that approximately 30,000 people will take part in the activities funded by the grants shows what results can be achieved with a small investment and the record number of applications shows the continued importance of the scheme for local groups throughout the country."
The successful Longford groups are:
Ballinamuck ICA, Edgeworthstown ARA, St. Dominic's Ladies Group, Golf 050 Club, Club Fifty Five, Kilashee Clondra ARA, Longford Sports Partnership,
Coolamber ICA, Ballymahon Day Care and Resource Centre Ltd, Hillside Club ARA, Kenagh ICA,
Newtowncashel ICA, Longford ARA, Newtownforbes ICA, Legan ICA, Granard ICA, Dolmen Failte Services, Club 91 ARA, Moydow ICA, Longford Town ICA, Lanesboro ICA, Newtownforbes Senior Citizens Club ARA, Club 89 ARA, North Longford Men's Group, Friday Club & Ennybegs ICA.