Tuar Mhic Eìadaigh Handball Club is to receive €5,000 funding to help finance the purchase of materials required to build an outdoor one-wall ball court to serve the handballing community in the region.
The money is coming via the Texaco Support for Sport initiative which was launched last September by Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited, the company that markets fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
Open to sports clubs across the 26-counties, irrespective of sporting discipline, size, membership, age, cultural appeal or gender, the initiative saw a fund of €130,000 being made available by Valero for distribution in equal amounts of €5,000 to successful applicants chosen on a county-by-county basis.
“A feature evident in almost all applications was the pressure felt by clubs in the current circumstances to expand their role within their local communities with increased membership demands and the need for extra equipment and improved facilities,” said James Twohig, Valero’s Director of Ireland Operations. He congratulated Tuar Mhic Eìadaigh Handball Club on its success.
“The purpose of our initiative is to help clubs to overcome these obstacles so that they can continue to remain active and at the very heart of their local communities. This is why we believe our initiative has been so warmly welcomed by sports clubs nationwide in its launch year,” he added.
One of almost 400 clubs countrywide to make application under the scheme, and one of only a few handball clubs active in the region, the Tuar Mhic Eìadaigh club is based in a rural community close to the Mayo-Galway border. After a lapse of several decades, this club was formed in 2018 re-igniting interest in what it terms ‘the wonderful traditional sport of handball’.
The €5,000 award made to the Tuar Mhic Eìadaigh club under the Texaco Support for Sport initiative will be used to finance the purchase of materials required to build an outdoor one-wall ball court to serve the handballing community in the region.
Describing the club as a ‘worthy winner which is respectful of our tradition and history’, Texaco Support for Sport ambassador and adjudicator, acclaimed broadcaster and former Irish rugby international Donncha O’Callaghan commented: “Their desire to create a place to play handball and socialise would benefit many people from Mayo and the surrounding region.”