Two Leitrim GAA clubs receive national recognition as official GAA Healthy Clubs in Croke Park

· The award-winning Healthy Clubs Project (HCP) aims to turn clubs into hubs for health in their communities

· Phase 3 of the Healthy Club Project seen over 170 Healthy Club Initiatives ran in 84 GAA Clubs across Ireland

· With almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the project offers a new setting in which to deliver health promotion and interventions

A special ceremony which ran alongside the GAA’s National Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on October 5th, saw 84 GAA clubs recognised as official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland. The day was about given recognition to the clubs and volunteers, by individually acknowledging the contribution that each GAA Healthy Club makes in bringing the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.

Two Leitrim GAA clubs, Aughnasheelin and Glencar Manorhamilton can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships.

In January 2018, almost 300 clubs applied to participate in Phase 3 of the project (just 60 participated in Phase 3 between 2015-2017). Many cited the dearth of services in their communities that are tackling issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, mental health and suicide. They wanted to be part of the solution. Clubs engage with their members and community before identifying health themes upon which to focus on. Most common include physical activity for non-playing members; healthy eating; emotional wellbeing; engaging older members of the community; youth development; smoke free clubs; gambling, drug, and alcohol education; and inclusion and integration. These two progressive GAA clubs are amongst the first in Leitrim to receive national recognition. Their various health and wellbeing initiatives have had a tremendous impact on their clubs and wider communities.

The innovative Healthy Club model was developed in partnership with Healthy Ireland, the HSE’s health promotion division, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and is supported by Irish Life through a CSR investment. In an era of unprecedented societal health challenges, the Healthy Club Project aims to harness the potential of the GAA club setting to deliver evidence-based health promotion information and interventions, backed up by appropriate policies and partnerships. Its potential to be replicated by other sports is currently being explored by a working group involving the FAI, IRFU, and Athletics Ireland.

John Horan, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael acknowledged this at the recognition day in Croke Park, “The 84 Healthy Clubs recognised today have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of a sports club. Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about

and these clubs help bring that to life. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing it from strength to strength.”

Teresa Kilmartin, Chief People Officer, Irish Life said, “Irish Life are delighted to work with the GAA on the Healthy Club initiative. The GAA, reaches into every community on the island of Ireland, and has a significant role to play in the health of the nation through its promotion of Gaelic Games. The association’s Healthy Club initiative brings a new dimension to this work. It enables people to access health in an exciting new way. We believe this work has the potential to improve the future health of communities across the country.”

There are numerous benefits to clubs that take part in the GAA Healthy Club Project including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources and support. The independent evaluation by Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research of Phase 2 of the Healthy Club Project revealed its potential to increase membership, improvements in health promoting activities, better opportunity to link the local community with club activities and opening up new funding avenues all the while enhancing the health of the nation and ensuring a healthier future for everyone.

The GAA Healthy Club Project is now open to new applicants. GAA clubs are invited to submit expressions of interest to join the next phase of the Healthy Club Project which will commence on February 1st, 2020. There are 150 places available to interested clubs. Closing date to submit completed applications is Friday, 15th November 2019. Expression of interest forms can be completed online on www.gaa.ie/community

For more information please contact the GAA Community & Health Team on community.health@gaa.ie

5 October 2019; Biddy O’Neill, National Programme Lead, Healthy Ireland, left, and Teresa Kilmartin, Chief People Office, Irish Life, right, with the Official Healthy Club Award winners 2019 from the clubs of Augnasheelin and Glencar Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, at the GAA Healthy Club Conference 2019 at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile 

Important Officer Training night for Club Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers, and PROs will be held in the Bush Hotel on Monday 21 January starting at 8.00pm. It is essential that each of these four officers from each club are in attendance. The training will be provided separately, in separated rooms, for each of those officers. Please confirm names with Development Officer, Seán Ó Súilleabhain before this coming Saturday at developmentofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie or at 087 6821566

A special ceremony with governmental representation in Croke Park today saw 58 GAA clubs recognised as the first official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland.

The clubs, at least one in each of the 32 counties, can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships.

We are delighted to report that Melvin Gaels GAA Club will fly the ‘Healthy Club’ Flag at their club grounds as a result of their participation in this very worthwhile initiative. We take this opportunity to congratulate all at Melvin Gaels GAA and hope that their example will inspire more of our clubs to follow in 2018.

For more information visit http://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/community-and-health/events/ireland-first-official-gaa-healthy-clubs-receive-national-recognition/

Pictured at the presentation earlier today are Katherine Williams and Mary McSharry in the company of project ambassador, recently retired Tyrone footballer Sean Cavanagh.

Club Officer Training scheduled for this Friday night (5th April 2013) at 7.30pm in Carrick on Shannon Community School has been CANCELLED.

 

 

05-Apr-13 by Colette Fox – PRO

Criteria for application for Connacht GAA Development Grants – Club Grounds

  • Full details of proposed project

  • Evidence of Planning Permission

  • Is club vested supply copy of deed of trust

  • Set of club accounts for past 3 years

  • Financial Projections

  • Letter of approval for bank borrowing, if necessary

  • Up to date tender document

  • County Board Approval

  • Evidence of Lotto approval, if granted.

  • Club Plan, (Strategic).

 

 

18-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Undertaking borrowings with a financial institution
Any unit is authorised to incur borrowings up to €15000, without seeking external approval. For borrowings in excess of this limit the following authorisations are required:

  • Under €15,000- no external approval required.

  • €15,000 to €75,000- County Board approval required.

  • €75,000 to €150,000- Provincial Council Approval Required

  • Over €150,000- National Financial Management Committee, (NFMC) approval required.

Note that the above limits relate to the cumulative borrowings position of the unit, not merely to borrowings contemplated for a specific project or undertaking.
Any unit seeking to borrow over €150,000 is required to submit a formal application to the county committee for approval. The sanctioned application is then required to be submitted to the provincial council for secondary approval before submission to the N FM C
The required application form is included, (see attached), The application must be accompanied by the following.

  • If the loan is to be secured against the existing property of the club, a copy of the deed of trust vesting the property in the association.

  • Business plan detailing proposed utlilsation of the funds

  • Future cash flow projections for the unit

  • Financial statements of the unit

  • Details of existing borrowings outstanding

  • Letter of offer from the financial institution

  • Bank confirmation of existing balances outstanding

A condition of NFMC consent will be a clause in the loan agreement authorising the bank to notify Central Council In the event of the loan falling into arrears or current accounts operating in ongoing surplus.
The letter of borrowing authorisatlon will, if relevant, explicitly authorise the trustees of the borrowing unit to mortgage or charge any or all of the real property of the unit as security. The letter of borrowing authorisation must not be construed as a guarantee from Central Council.
In recognition of the fact that this arrangement will foster good banking practise by GAA units the principal lending Institutions have agreed to facilitate this policy and will not advance funds without the appropriate level of authorisatlon.
The unit will be notified In advance of the NFMC meeting which will consider the proposal. The decision of the NFMC, and the authorisation letter if applicable, will be notified to the unit in writing within 10 working days of the meeting, and copied to the county and provincial bodies involved.

 

 

 

17-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Club officer training will take place in Community School, Carrick on Shannon,

Friday 22 April 2011 at 8pm (Not change of Time)

Following officers are required to attend,

Chairperson
Secretary
Treasurer
PRO.

 

 

14-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

There are still a number of places left on the Code of Ethics/Child Welfare course taking place in the Bee Park Community Centre, Manorhamilton on Monday 21st February at 7pm.

These places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Please contact Thomas Keenan on 087-6591049 or at thomas.keenan.gm.leitrim@gaa.ie to book a place on this course

 

 

19-Feb-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Connacht GAA Council
Club Forum

Date: Saturday 5th February 2011

Venue: TF ROYAL HOTEL & THEATRE, CASTLEBAR

Each club is invited to send 3 members:

Programme:
10am: Opening address
10.10am: Presentation 1
10.30am: Presentation 2
10.50am: Presentation 3
11.10am: Keynote Speaker
11.35am: Tea/Coffee
12noon: Parallel workshop x 3: Session 1
12.45pm: Parallel workshop x 3: Session 2
1.30pm: Open forum/Question and answers session
2.15pm: Lunch.

Presentations:
 Coaching & Games Development
 Club Planning
 Club Administration

NB: CLUBS
Workshops: Each club is asked to nominate 3 topics that they would like discussed at the workshops.

1:______________________________________________

2: _____________________________________________

3:______________________________________________

Please return to Connacht GAA Council office on or before Friday 3rd December 2010.
Email: reception.connacht@gaa.ie
Postal address: Connacht GAA Office, Clare Street, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

 

 

 

19-Nov-10 by Colette Fox – PRO

A Chara,

The Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA Club will host there Annual Golf Classic in Blacklion Golf Club on Saturday 11th July 2009.

The format will be a Four Ball with the best two Scores counting on each hole.

Complimentary Tea & Coffee will be available prior to tee off and a buffet carvery lunch will be provided on your return from the course and hopefully you will take home one of the many substantial prizes.

The cost per teams which includes the meal, works out at €200.00 and we are looking for your support in providing much needed funding for the development of our Club and the provision of much needed facilities for the youth of the parish.

If you are unable to join us on the day, you might consider sponsoring a Tee at €50.00 where your name will be prominently displayed on the day.

Our inaugural Golf classic last year was a great success, thanks mainly to generous sponsorship and support received. This was greatly appreciated and acknowledged.

Again, all sponsors will be acknowledged and you might please contact Mr. Patrick Mc Morrow at 086-8973339 to book your Tee time.

Mise le meas,

Patricia Clancy, Runa

 

 

12-Jun-09 by Submitted

Drumkeerin are as busy off the field as they are on it with the launch this week of their brand new website.  County final week is a good week to launch the site which is just finished.  It is a very polished affair and full of very interesting pages including a very informative section on the clubs history.  The lotto, news, fixtures and photo gallery are just a few of the sections included in the site design. 

The site is designed by Francis Redican who has utilised modern programming methods to produce a fast dynamic site.  The colour schemes and navigation menus are easy on the eye and very effective.

Well done to Francis and all concerned,  the club can definately be proud of this fine production as they prepare for the Intermediate final on Saturday.

Link to the Drumkeerin Website  

www.DrumkeerinGAA.com

 

 

01-Oct-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Croke Park Insurance Input

Mr Roger Clancy ‘Risk and Insurance Manager, Croke Park will attend next Monday nights meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma.

All clubs are reminded of this opportunity to bring their Insurance knowledge up to date. All club Insurance Officers or who ever deals with day to day Insurance issues at their club are expected to attend. This follows a request at last County Board meeting for further information on Insurance Cover etc..

 

 

 

08-Sep-08 by PJ Meehan