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Wednesday 1 October 2014

GAA rivals team up to help kick-start local jobs drive

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

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While emigration has brought a new lease of life to the GAA in foreign lands, losing players has had a devastating effect on rural communities at home
While emigration has brought a new lease of life to the GAA in foreign lands, losing players has had a devastating effect on rural communities at home

THEY'VE temporarily parked their on-pitch rivalries for the greater good – as part of a joint effort to stem the emigration tide and create desperately needed jobs in rural Ireland.

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While Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford and Cavan all have eyes on the upcoming GAA championship, there will be a much different prize up for grabs tomorrow.

The extensive GAA community in the four counties are joining forces – and pooling their resources – to confront the emigration toll, which has hit rural Ireland hard.

They want to try and slow down the trek of their young people abroad – as well as lure back some recently departed emigrants from the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

As a result, a landmark 'Play Your Part – Help Bring Your People Home' meeting will be held in the Longford Arms hotel tomorrow at 8pm. The idea is that those involved use their GAA contacts in Ireland and abroad to try and create jobs in the four counties.

A number of firms from the area who currently have job vacancies will also have a special stand at the event.

A group of local business people, sports club members, and community interest groups have also joined forces to try and lure investment from abroad.

Irish Independent

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