18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
With the aid of the Ulster Bank RugbyForce support packages Ballina RFC aims to construct a new entrance with hand rails and a ramp to cater for wheelchair access.
Thomond RFC intend to modernise their club facilities while Ballymoney RFC and Wexford Wanderers RFC aim to upgrade changing facilities and showers to cater for an increase in female players.
At the forefront of the Community Rugby Partnership, Ulster Bank and the IRFU are determined to support and develop community based rugby clubs in Ireland.
The Ulster Bank RugbyForce initiative is designed to help unite club members and encourage local volunteers to improve their club and community rugby facilities.
Ellvena Graham, Director of Business Services Ireland, Ulster Bank said: "Ulster Bank RugbyForce has proven to be a fantastic and successful initiative.
"It is extremely important to us in Ulster Bank to give something back to the community as part of our new partnership with the IRFU."
"We are delighted to present Ballina, Wexford Wanderers, Thomond and Ballymoney Rugby Clubs with the Ulster Bank RugbyForce enhanced support packages. These clubs have been at the heart of their communities since they were established.
"With the aid of the Ulster Bank RugbyForce support packages, they will now have the opportunity to upgrade their facilities. I would like to wish each of the clubs every success for the future."
Caleb Powell, IRFU President, said: "The Ulster Bank RugbyForce initiative has been well received and will be extremely beneficial to rugby clubs across the county.
"The initiative provides a fantastic opportunity to bring members, players and supporters together to improve their local club facilities."