Amsterdam GAA club chairman David Corcoran says foreign clubs are here for the long haul.
Kilcummin native Corcoran was disappointed with recent media coverage in Ireland of international GAA units being outlets merely for fun and emigrants to drop in and out of as they please.
“London have done a lot of good work building a team over there and people in Croke Park and Ireland should be praising that.
“I’m from Kerry and I know of one team in south Kerry that lost 15 players due to emigration. It’s obviously terrible but if they’re coming over and getting the chance to play in Europe and the US, then that’s a good thing too.
“They’re spreading GAA in other places. That’s something people in Ireland should be helping us with. To great degrees they are but there has been some negative media.
“It’s not just about a bunch of guys going for summer holidays or coming here because they can’t find jobs and coming home again.
“We ourselves are investing in cardiac screening and underage development. We’re no different from any other club in Ireland. We want to be here with a club in 20, 30, 40 years’ time.”
Established in 2003, the Amsterdam club tomorrow stage their annual tournament, the second round of the European GAA’s Benelux League with three different competitions going on all day.
The club boasts two men’s football teams with 12 nationalities represented between the two sides including native Dutch who are beating Irish players for first-team places.
Rosie Holland, a 2005 All-Ireland senior medallist with Cork, manages the camogie team while the hurling team is being launched in August.
For more information, visit www.amsterdamgac.nl
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