March 29, 2018

Sport Ireland today announced details of the 2018 International Carding Scheme and Team Ireland Golf Scheme. The €1,900,000 investment of the International Carding Scheme will support over 90 athletes (69 Olympic and 21 Paralympic) and 12 athletes on the top category of Podium funding. Swim Ireland are delighted to receive €152,000 to support 8 athletes and two relays.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin T.D, “Today’s substantial investment through the International Carding Scheme will support our most talented sports people and I want to commend every athlete who has qualified for funding in 2018. They have earned the support through exceptional performances and they are excellent ambassadors for Irish Sport as they continue to represent our country, around the world. I also welcome the investment in the Team Ireland Golf Scheme which supports our golfers. Golf plays a significant role in Irish Sport and is also very significant from a tourism perspective. Events such as the 2018 Irish Open, which will be hosted in Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal, continue to promote Ireland as a golf tourism destination”.

The clear aim of the International Carding Scheme is to ensure that athletes can prepare effectively for major championships including European, World, Olympic and Paralympic Games. 2018 sees the addition of a number of exciting prospects for the future including: Mona McSharry, Conor Ferguson, Rhys McClenaghan (Gymnastics Ireland) and Megan Fletcher (Judo) who are all new to the Scheme.

These young athletes join some of Ireland’s most experienced and successful athletes including Oliver Dingley and Shane Ryan. Sport Ireland is delighted to welcome these new talents and will continue to support their respective National Governing Bodies towards Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024. In addition to the direct investment, athletes will have access to science, medicine and lifestyle support services at Sport Ireland Institute.

The International Carding Scheme will continue to evolve under the direction of the Performance Director of each sport throughout this Tokyo cycle and beyond. Since 2012, on a phased basis, a number of sports have taken over the management of the international Scheme. These sports are known as ‘Transition Sports’. In 2018 Paralympics Ireland will become the 8th Transition Sport to directly manage their para swimming and para athletics programmes. Transition Sports now include

  • Athletics Ireland
  • Cycling Ireland
  • Swim Ireland
  • Rowing Ireland
  • Triathlon Ireland
  • Irish Sailing Association
  • Badminton Ireland
  • Paralympics Ireland

The International Carding Scheme is one element of the investment strategy of Sport Ireland for 2018. Earlier this year Sport Ireland announced €7m to be invested directly into the high performance programmes of 20 National Governing Bodies. Investment will also be made to the Olympic Council of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland. At the end of 2017, the Minister announced €380k in targeted funding for major events due to take place in 2018, with €320k of this allocated to 4 high performance sports.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented “2017 was an excellent year for Irish sport with impressive European and World performances at senior and junior level. In order to sustain this success, it is vital that our athletes are well supported. The Tokyo Games are just on the horizon with qualification getting underway. Sport Ireland will continue to work closely with the Olympic Council and Paralympics Ireland and continue to provide support as we build up to the 2020 Games. We must continue to develop our High Performance system so that we can be competitive in international sport and the refinement of the Carding Scheme is an essential element of that process”.

Swim Ireland Oliver Dingley World Class €20,000.00
Swim Ireland Mona McSharry World Class €20,000.00
Swim Ireland Shane Ryan World Class €20,000.00
Swim Ireland Conor Ferguson World Class €20,000.00
Swim Ireland Alex Murphy International €12,000.00
Swim Ireland Brendan Hyland International €12,000.00
Swim Ireland Jordan Sloan International €12,000.00
Swim Ireland Nicholas Quinn International €12,000.00
Swim Ireland Men’s Freestyle Relay International €12,000.00
Swim Ireland Men’s Medley Relay International €12,000.00
Transition Sport: Swim Ireland €152,000.00

Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Ellen Keane Podium €40,000.00
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Ailbhe Kelly International €12,000.00
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Barry McClements International €12,000.00
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) Nicole Turner World Class €20,000.00
Paralympics Ireland (Swimming) James Scully International €12,000.00