Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club Leading the Way with Energy Efficiency
Today I was delighted to visit the Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club. It’s one of 70 sports clubs receiving €28m funding under the Better Energy scheme towards insulation, heating and lighting upgrades. GAA, soccer, rugby, golf, tennis, swimming, athletics, squash and horse racing clubs will all benefit from the funding.
In 2014, the Better Energy programme will provide almost €60m for retrofitting. Sporting organisations around the country like Kilmacud Crokes are alert to the high cost of energy in their facilities whether it is the floodlights that are in use during the winter or the showers after matches and training; every euro saved through energy efficiency can be invested back into valuable services for their members and patrons. This Government continues to be committed to energy retrofitting in homes, and community and public facilities.
Kilmacud Crokes GAA club is one of the beneficiaries of a flagship partnership which began last year between Musgrave Supervalu and the GAA. Through the partnership, Musgrave Supervalu is making a significant contribution towards the cost of energy retrofit projects in a number of GAA clubs nationwide. Kilmacud Crokes are already benefitting from the insulation, heating and lighting upgrades installed as part of last year’s scheme and this year the collaboration will result in upgrades to a further 37 Supervalu stores and 34 GAA clubs across the country
Mr Kevin Foley, Chairman of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club, said; “We were delighted to have participated in the Better Energy Community Project. A number of changes including heating, insulation and lighting upgrades have resulted in significant savings. These savings have allowed us to invest in additional facilities for the Club. We have a lot of underage teams here at the Club and we are proud to be associated with a project that aims to protect their future by reducing CO2 emissions and becoming more energy efficient. We thank SEAI and Musgraves for their support with this project, and we also wish to acknowledge the role of both Enprova and Energy Action in the delivery of the energy efficiency measures here at the club.”