Three Leevale Athletes Receive Sport Ireland Funding

The 2019 Sport Ireland National Governing Body and Athlete International Carding Funding was announced today and there are three Leevale Athletes on the list. 

  • Alex Wright at International Category received €12,000
  • Orla Barry Paralympic Podium €40,000
  • Niamh McCarthy Paralympic Podium €40,000

It is unfortunate that international 3K steeple chaser & cross county athlete, Michelle Finn was not included in the list, nor were our international marathon runners Lizzie Lee or Claire McCarthy. 

Funding under the International Carding Scheme has increased from €1.9M in 2018, to €1.934M in 2019

Awards for 2019 under the International Carding Scheme will be awarded as a two year
Scheme, therefore will continue through 2020. This means that athletes who are awarded Carding in 2019 will be funded until December 2020, subject to terms and conditions.

The Scheme will remain open to new entrants in 2020 who will be eligible to receive a one year award. The most important benefit from this change is to allow athletes to fully focus on Olympic & Paralympic qualification and performance, and reduce the negative pressures
associated with chasing funding criteria.


  • Funding represents significant increase on 2018
  • €12.84 million for core activity of 58 National Governing Bodies
  • €7.29 million to support work of 29 Local Sports Partnerships
  • €8.46 million to support High Performance programmes
  • €1.93 million in direct athlete investment


Athletics Ireland International Carding Allocations

Athlete Category Award
Thomas Barr Podium €40,000
Ciara Mageean World Class €20,000
Fionnula McCormack World Class €20,000
Leon Reid World Class €20,000
Brian Gregan World Class €16,000
Mark English World Class €16,000
Alex Wright (Leevale AC)  International €12,000
Brendan Boyce International €12,000
Phil Healy (Bandon AC)  International €12,000
Marcus Lawler International €12,000
Women’s 4 x 100m Relay International €12,000
Athletics Ireland Total   €192,000


Paralympics Ireland

Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Jason Smyth Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Michael McKillop Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Niamh McCarthy Leevale  Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Noelle Lenihan (North Cork AC)  Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Orla Barry – Leevale  Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Greta Streimikyte World Class €20,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Patrick Monahan International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Orla Comerford International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) Jordan Lee International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Athletics) David Leavy International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Ellen Keane Podium €40,000
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Nicole Turner World Class €20,000
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Barry McClements International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Patrick Flanagan International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Jonathan McGrath International €12,000
Paralympics Ireland*     €364,000