GAA hailed for helping young people develop
The GAA was identified as a shining example of how to foster youth engagement at a major conference for young people.
An international Unesco symposium at Croke Park was told by a leading academic that the organisation had perfected the ability to stitch together communities.
Professor Mark Brennan, Unesco Chair in Rural Community, Leadership and Youth Development at Penn State University, said that other countries could learn from the GAA’s example.
Prof Brennan said: “The Gaelic Athletic Association is a true grassroots organisation. It empowers, involves and invigorates not just individual young people, but their families and wider communities. We hear a lot about the ‘fabric’ of society. Organisations such as the GAA are examples of a wonderful type of clever stitching which can make this fabric strong and support young people as they develop.
Some of the representatives from sport at the event included Alan Kerins, former All-Ireland winning Galway hurler and founder of Alan Kerins Projects, and Hugo MacNeill, the former Irish rugby star who runs Goldman Sachs investment banking business in Ireland.