Harte on whistle-stop US trip to raise €10m funds
Published 19/02/2010 | 05:00
MICKEY Harte is off to the United States today on a whistle-stop trip to help drum up financial support for Tyrone's ambitious new €10m centre of excellence.
The Red Hand boss will be back on Sunday after appearing at events in Philadelphia and New York alongside leading Club Tyrone officials, Hugh McAleer and Mark Conway.
McAleer has denied that their transatlantic trip indicates that the 'Garvaghey Project' has been set back by the global economic downturn.
"The land (40 acres) is already bought and paid for and work is actually starting on five of the six pitches next week," McAleer said.
"Our target is that Club Tyrone will raise £1.5m (€1.7m) over the next five years and we're on target.
"We never intended to seek support in America," McAleer added. "But Mick Treacy, a proud Carrickmore man in Philadelphia, invited us over and set up a function and one thing led to another.
"We live in the real world, things are not as good as they were, but we're happy that it won't be a wasted journey. How good it will be, I don't know yet."
Club Tyrone is a sub-committee of the Tyrone County Board and is essentially its marketing and fundraising arm.
Tyrone have already secured support from Croke Park and are pursuing further grant aid from Northern Ireland's Department of Culture and Leisure.