The students and teachers of Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn are delighted to be finally moving into their very first bricks and mortar school, after spending more than two decades in prefabs in an overflow carpark of Brian Dillons GAA club, writes.
BEARING a proud, local link to Clonakilty’s past are the former artisan dwelling homes on the West Cork town’s Casement Street, part of what’s now the main bypass route along the N71, and on the doorstep of all of Clon’s long-established, and also newly provided, services.
The HSE along with Limerick City and County Council have prohibited human consumption of a water supply at Croagh Kilfinny GAA grounds in Co Limerick after it was found to be unsatisfactory with harmful bacteria.
Long before the ethos of the GAA club became a marketing stick to gently beat us over the head with, one man from a small parish in West Mayo had a vision of how he could best combine his passion for a sport he loved and improve the lives of those in his local community.
A couple of years ago, Ronan O’Gara wrote in these pages that: “The more I am learning, the less I take for granted what I savoured in the Munster dressing room every day as a player. A club’s culture is an unspoken language. The trademark. You can’t see it or hear it. You feel it.”
Back in 1909, Michael Collins was the secretary of the Geraldines GAA Club in London. He was still a very young man — yet to assume the political leadership that saw him become one of the most influential Irishmen ever born — but he had an intimate understanding of the things that make a great GAA club.