Uladh – Cumann Luthchleas Gael
Modernisation Launch - Wednesday 22 February 2006
Wellington Park Hotel, BELFAST.
Photo by Moving Images -
Council GAA today launched its Modernisation
oversee the most significant funding investment in
the history of the Association in Ulster since our
formation in 1903.
to be invested in Capital and Revenue was today
announced of €11 Million for the GAA in Ulster over
the next 3yrs (2006-2008). The Funding will be used
to floodlight the main County Grounds in each County
and also to support the recent appointments of
administrators and Hurling and Football Development
Officers in each of the nine counties. The sports
Council for Northern Ireland are investing
approximately €6.5 Million in these projects and
their chairman Professor Eric Saunders who attended
today’s Launch commented “ The Sports council
congratulates the Ulster Council GAA on putting in
place an ambitious and exciting range of projects
which will get more people involved in Gaelic Games
and improve the quality of what is currently being
delivered. We are delighted to be associated with
the GAA and we recognise the contribution that it
makes to the wider society in the North.”
Greenan, Chairman of the Ulster Council
congratulated those involved in bringing this
initiative together and wished the County Boards
well in the delivery of their projects and asked for
everyone associated with the GAA in Ulster to work
together to ensure that the Association grows from
strength to strength on and off the field.
on to say ….
Ulster Council now moves confidently into its second
century, we are in the process of introducing our
latest strategic plan which will plot our course for
the next 5 years (2006 – 2010) “Beir Bua Nua”.
In Ulster we
have always been proud of and have valued our GAA
unity of purpose. “Beir Bua Nua” will help us
develop that and build a GAA across the nine
Counties that is strong; successful; and above all
meaningful to people at the local level.
hard work by many, many people has made the GAA the
vibrant presence it now is. We need to keep that
hard work going. And we need to keep it going in an
Ulster that continues to change rapidly.
It is good
to note that government is now working in
partnership with us in new and exciting ways. We
want that too to continue. And we want equally to
reach out to communities that have tended not to
involve themselves in our games.
believe that the GAA makes a huge contribution to
the development of ‘social capital’ in Ulster and
throughout Ireland. Our strategy identifies a
number of challenges and opportunities that face us
– the Ulster Council; our Counties; Clubs; and
members – over the next five years. We are
confident we can embrace those challenges and
opportunities to positively develop our Association.
A big task
lies ahead of us. We look forward to your support
in terms of delivering on it.