Carlow Sports Ambassadors 2022-23

Applications Now Open

The Carlow Sports Ambassador Award, an elite athlete support bursary, is a joint initiative between Carlow County Council & Carlow Sports Partnership (CSP).  CSP is funded by Sport Ireland and operates within the Community Section of Carlow County Council. The purpose of this elite athlete bursary is to support emerging talent and to provide recognition to individuals who are working towards the highest levels of success in their chosen sport. For the 2022-23 Ambassador programme there are two bursary amounts of €1,500 available for a female and male Ambassador.

Deborah Foley, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership, states, ‘The recipients of this award will act as an ambassador for sport in Carlow, promoting active lifestyles and providing inspiration through their achievements. We are delighted to continue the Sports Ambassador Award and put a spotlight on the exceptional sporting talent that Carlow plays host to’.

Applications will be assessed based on their current level of participation in sport, endorsement from their governing body of sport and a personal statement from the applicants demonstrating how they would promote sport and healthy lifestyles and act as an ambassador for sport in their home county.  The Carlow Sports Partnership Advisory Committee will assess all applications and come to a decision.

The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday 21st October 2022.

A copy of the Application Form may be found by clicking here.

A copy of the Terms and Conditions may be found by clicking here.

Former recipients of the Carlow Sports Partnership Sports Ambassador Awards are Clíodhna Nolan, Tom Daly, Mollie Scott & Marcus Lawlor:

Bike Week 2022 Grant Application Now Open


Bike week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year Bike Week will take place from Saturday 14th May – Sunday 22nd May 2022.

As such, Carlow Sports Partnership are now accepting Expressions of Interests from clubs, schools, organisations and community groups who may be interested in hosting an event for Bike Week 2021.

A sample of what may be applied for includes, but is not limited to:

  • A cycling event (race, family cycle, cycling tour etc.,)
  • Refreshments for an event
  • Learn to cycle programmes (for adults and children)
  • Cycling workshops
  • Electric Bike Workshops

To access an expression of interest form please click:

Here for a Microsoft Word format

Here for a PDF format

Or, for more information, please contact

Buggy Buddies Programme 2022

Buggy Buddies is coming to Carlow Town Park

This unique class is a great way for new parents as you can bring your baby ‘n buggy along. It gives Mums the chance to get in shape. Dads are welcome too.

Parents can swap stories, get some top tips; it will get you outdoors helping you to engage in nature and lift your mood. You can get fit and active, feel energetic and positive and most of all, help you lose the weight and tone up.

We hope to see lots of mums, dads and babies for some fitness and chats at Buggy Buddies – a great way to make new friends, get fresh air and exercise, all with baby in tow. After your exercise session for those who wish to go for a coffee there will be a designated area available to relax and socialise together in a friendly atmosphere.

What are the benefits of attending a 6-week Buggy Buddies Programme! Improve your fitness level – Improve your well-being and mental health – Strengthen your pelvic floor & abdominal muscles – Increase your flexibility – Tone and define your body – Increase your energy level – Engage and be part of your community.

If you are interested in joining this 6-week Buggy Buddies Programme, please send an email to

Upcoming Safeguarding Training Courses Online via Zoom

Online Safeguarding Training Courses

Safeguarding 1

10th October 2022
11th October 2022

Safeguarding 2

to be announced

Safeguarding 3

to be announced

All these courses will be run on ‘Zoom’ an interactive video conferencing platform.
Participants will need a tablet/laptop & a good internet connection.
The ‘Zoom’ access link for the course and relevant course materials will be emailed to participants in advance in word and PDF formats.

To gain accreditation, it is required that participants complete the full course.
A must for anyone working with children!!!

To book your place on the course click here

Queries to

Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee Recruitment

Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee Recruitment

Carlow Sports Partnership are seeking expressions of interest from members of the Bagenalstown community and surrounding areas to join the Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee.


The key aims of the Bagenalstown Activity Hub are to ensure that local resources are used to best effect. With the vision of creating long-term sustainability and a legacy from 5-year hub dormant account funding via Sport Ireland. The hub will operate within the existing structures of Carlow Sports Partnership. The Activity Hub objectives are to provide:

  • Funding
  • Information
  • Support
  • Training
  • Programmes



The remit of the proposed subcommittee will be to oversee the development of the Activity Hub plan. To support the Hub Coordinator in promoting and developing an Activity Hub for the community and Municipal District and to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity through existing community groups, schools, clubs, and organisations in and around Bagenalstown.


The sub-committee will aim to bring Bagenalstown representatives together and draw on their individual expertise, independence, and diversity in line with the objectives of the Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub.

The subcommittee will meet once a month online or in person where possible. The agenda will be set prior to each meeting and sent to the subcommittee. Please note that no meeting will take place in July & August.


The Bagenalstown Activity Hub subcommittee will be overseen by the current Bagenalstown Steering Group which comprise of the following members: John Murphy, Paddy Gardiner, Colin Rea, Keara O’ Dea & Carol Clarke. Furthermore, Carol Clarke will act as a representative from the main steering group and will sit on the Hub subcommittee.

On a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle in Bagenalstown.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Bagenalstown Activity Hub, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

Please note that the closing date for the receipt of expressions of interest is Friday 28th January 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

If you have any queries or require further information, contact Majella Fennelly on 087 9185466 or via

Expression of Interest 2022 Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest form Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest 2022 Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest form Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee


Carlow Sports Partnership Announces Two New Funding Opportunities for Sports Clubs & Community Groups


12th November 2021

1. Local Sports Participation Small Grant Scheme

Carlow Sports Partnership has secured funding from Sport Ireland to support the development of sport and physical activity with a particular emphasis on low participation groups such as young people, people with a disability, older adults, women and girls, ethnic minorities and people residing in disadvantaged areas. This fund aims to assist existing clubs and community groups that have physical activity and sport as their primary activity, and encourage the set-up of new clubs and groups to promote physical activity and sport. The maximum grant available is €2,000. This is a competitive fund. Evidence of match funding and/or benefit in kind will increase the chance of success for an application.


Application Form Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme.pdf

Guidelines Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


2. Round 2 Covid19 Small Grant

Scheme With many sporting clubs & groups now back to training and activity across the County we are delighted to announce details of the second round of the Covid-19 Club Small Grants Scheme for 2021. Funding support up to the amount of €1,500 is available. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland and the Government to support the sports sector in response to the current crisis. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening and delivery of their activities. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support retrospective COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 1st January 2021 onwards.


Application Form Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf

Guidelines Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


Contact Carlow Sports Partnership: Clubs are advised to contact Carlow Sports Partnership via email or phone 087 214 5262 for further information on these grant schemes.





Invitation for Clubs, Groups and Organisations to a Public Meeting in Tullow


A Public Information Workshop

 will be held on

Wednesday 10th November at 7.30pm

in Murphy Memorial Hall, Tullow.


The purpose of this meeting is to discuss preparing a Dormant Accounts Fund application, to secure the potential of 5 years funding for a Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub in Tullow, Co. Carlow.

This is a Hub where the community is at the heart and is centred around community participation. Includes developing and strengthening linkages between the community, sports clubs, and other physical activity groups.

This is a Hub that will maximises sports facility usage through linkages with the local schools, create training opportunities and the Hub will focus on the development of the outdoor spaces.


 Vision and Mission of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs:


Vision: The vision of a Hub is to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity in their communities.

Mission: The mission of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

For questions or queries email:

National Operation Transformation Virtual Walk 2021 - February 19th to 21st

Are You Ready For

The Operation Transformation

Virtual Walk? 


To Help You Prepare for the 5km virtual walk which will be happening nationwide from February 19th to 21st, the team here in Carlow Sports Partnership has provided some tips and advice to help get you ready for the 5km event, building up your fitness and stamina. 

Operation Transformation is back on our screens for 2021. Tune in to RTE One each Wednesday at 9.35 pm to follow the leader's progress.

Operation Transformation aims to inspire the nation to focus on their health and fitness and set themselves some goals for a very different kind of new year. Alongside the popular TV show, Operation Transformation in conjunction with Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnerships will be giving the nation the tools they need to get moving and feel great.

In recent months, many of us turned to fitness and physical activity as an outlet for stress, fresh air, and wellness. Unprecedented numbers of people turned to walk and regular outdoor exercise. So whether you've been itching to make a change to your lifestyle, got hooked on walking this year or just need a new project to take on, Operation Transformation will bring all the motivation you need to meet those goals.


To download your copy of the Operation Transformation Tips and Advice, to help prepare you for your 5km walk, please click here

5 Bullet Friday - December 18th 2020



18th December 2020

  1. Keep Active this Christmas
  2. Sports Ambassador Bursary Awards Announced
  3. Irish Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards
  4. Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter
  5. Welcome to our newest team member Majella Fennelly

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

 Keep Active this Christmas


Sport and physical activity is a cornerstone of life in Ireland.  In recent weeks and months, we have seen a temporary shut down of clubs, tournaments and sport in general. This however does not mean that we as a nation have not continued to stay active.

It is possible to keep active over the Christmas period while following public health guidelines.  We know that not moving over long periods of time is terrible for long term health.  Rather than writing off the whole month and deciding to start your fitness/health kick in January, just do what you can.

Being active will help you physically and mentally.  Don't wait for the New Year, live in the moment and be active now!

Struggling for ideas to keep activity levels high this festive season?  We have compiled a list of links below to inspire and motivate you to be active and keep well this Christmas.

6 ways to keep active over Christmas

Sport Ireland Covid-19 Support 

Sport Ireland  - Be Inspired - Be Moved

Get Ireland Walking App

Be Active Outdoors


Ireland Lights Up returns in January 2021

Beginner to 5km training plan


Free Yoga Online

Operation Transformation 2021

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

Carlow Sports Ambassadors
Bursary Awards Announced

Two Carlow Sports Ambassadors AnnouncedTWO young County Carlow elite sportspeople have been announced as the county’s Sports Ambassadors for 2020, roles which will extend throughout 2021.

The Ambassadors are: 21-year-old international rower Clíodhna Nolan from Leighlinbridge; and Tom Daly (27), the Rugby Union professional from Castlegrace, Tullow.

The Carlow Sports Ambassador Award, an elite athlete support bursary, is a joint initiative between Carlow County Council & County Carlow Local Sports Partnership.  Carlow Sports Partnership is funded by Sport Ireland and operates as a sub-committee of Carlow County Council. The purpose of this elite athlete bursary is to support emerging talent and to provide recognition to individuals who are working towards the highest levels of success in their chosen sport.

Martha Jane Duggan, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership, stated, ‘The recipient of this award will act as an ambassador for sport in Carlow, promoting active lifestyles and providing inspiration through their achievements. This is the fourth year the bursary has been awarded.   Previous recipients of the award were Jack Keating (rowing), Molly Scott (athletics) and Marcus Lawlor (athletics).’  

The bursary is worth €1,500 per recipient and this year for the first time Carlow County Council has approved the allocation of two awards – one male and one female, to align with national initiatives to raise the profile of women in sport.

Tom O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, stated ‘The range of applications highlights the number of high performing athletes we have in County Carlow.  It was a very difficult task to choose from this elite group of high performing sports men and women but Cliodhna Nolan and Tom Daly stood out due to the level they are participating at, their endorsement from their governing bodies of sport and their personal statements which underscored their commitment to promoting sport and active lifestyles for all.  We look forward to marking this great achievement for both athletes with an appropriate celebration when government restrictions allow.’

Applications were assessed based on their current level of participation in sport, endorsement from their governing body of sport and a personal statement from the applicants demonstrating how they would promote sport and healthy lifestyles and act as an ambassador for sport in their home county.  After a lengthy process and careful consideration the committee arrived at their decision.

Declan Doyle, Chairperson of CCLSP said that the Carlow Sports Ambassador programme provides a positive peer influence for the next generation of aspiring sports people. Declan stated: “Clíodhna and Tom, while maintaining a strong link to their County Carlow sporting roots, represent a pathway from grassroots participation to elite competition. We are delighted to have them as our ambassadors for the coming year during a time when wellness and exercise are crucial to our battle with, and through, the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Congratulations are extended to Clíodhna Nolan and Tom Daly on being named ambassadors for sport in Carlow and they are wished well in their endeavours on behalf of the county.

Sports Woman of the Year Awards 2020

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations for The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards today Friday, December 18th Awards will be presented to each of the monthly winners for this year

Ceremony taking place at 12.30 today - it's not to late to attend (virtually)...

Alternatively, discover the monthly winners of the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards on the Sport Ireland website...


Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter

During 2020 the CARA Disability Inclusion Charter was signed by over 1000 clubs and organisations in Ireland.15 clubs in Carlow have signed the Charter and are currently promoted as inclusive by CARA Sports Inclusion Ireland.

If your club would like to offer inclusive activities or you would like to find out more about the Charter please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Teresa at

Well done to the following Carlow Clubs who have signed up to the Disability Charter:


  • Ballymurphy Badminton Club
  • Swimmingly
  • Tullow & South Leinster Tennis & Sports Club
  • Football Association of Ireland (Carlow)
  • Vale Wanderers FC
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Tullow Taekwondo Academy
  • County Carlow Football Club
  • Muine Bheag Camogie Club
  • Ballinkillen HC
  • Carlow YM Badminton Club
  • Carlow Muaythai Gym
  • Mona Fit Kid Club Ltd
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Hacketstown Running Club


Further information on the Disability Charter can be found HERE

Welcome to our newest Carlow Sports Partnership team member Majella Fennelly

We are delighted to welcome Majella Fennelly to the Carlow Sports Partnership Team!

This week Majella took up her post as Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub Coordinator.  Majella will be working with clubs in the three municipal districts of Tullow, Carlow and Bagenlastown to promote outdoor sports and physical activity.

Majella has over 10 years experience in the sports and community development sector and is very much looking forward to working with key stakeholders and community groups to support the development of  local sports structures.  Majella is passionate about health & overall wellbeing and a huge advocate for the great outdoors, especially walking.

Find out more about Carlow Sports Partnership staff and programmes here:

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

5 Bullet Friday - December 11th 2020



11th December 2020

  1. Get Ireland Walking 21 Day Walking App
  2. Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar
  3. Social Prescribing in Carlow
  4. 'Runuary' with Athetics Ireland
  5. CARA Catch Up LIVE:CAST


Get Ireland Walking Launch 21 Day Walking App

Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland are encouraging people of all ages to walk into 2021 by taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge.Walking App
A new app has been launched to support the initiative.  Take the 21 Day  Walking Challenge which is part of the #KeepWell campaign & walk into 2021!  You can start today 11th Dec or any day this month.
Download the app HEREIreland LIghts Up
'Ireland Lights Up' is back in Jan 2021.  GAA clubs & other sporting clubs can turn on their lights to allow walkers to safely walk during the 8-week broadcast of Operation Transformation in 2021.
Find out more & register your club HERE

Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar

Tennis Ireland have announced their next Women in Sport webinar which will focus on officiating
with a great panel of speakers you won't want to miss
Registration in advance is required
REGISTER HEREFor those that can't make it, Tennis Ireland will be posting the recording on their YouTube channel following the webinar
#WomenInSportIRE #CantSeeCantBe #Officiating #Tennis

Social Prescribing in Carlow


St Catherine's Community Services Centre is delighted to introduce the new Carlow Social Prescribing Service.  This is a free support that aims to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The service is based within the community and will operate from St. Catherine’s C.S.C and the New Oak Community Centre.  The aim of the Carlow Social Prescribing Service is to link people with non-medical sources of support within the community to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The service will provide individuals with information on areas of interest such as social groups, exercise classes, relaxation sessions, volunteering opportunities, support services and much more all in their local area.

For more information contact Sinéad 086-4147511

'Runuary' with Athletics Ireland

Jessie and Thomas Barr, the Olympic siblings, today launched the
Irish Life Health 'Runuary' programme to support runners, of all levels to run January and not let it run them.

With the uncertainty of the last few months, many of us have turned to running to relieve stress, clear our head and to feel more in control.

Starting on January 1st, it encourages runners, from beginners to the more experienced, to commit to challenging but realistic running programmes, with a target distance to be completed on January 31st.