Sunday 10 December 2017

GAA club will be history if more members don't help out

Greg Harkin

A HISTORIC GAA club says it will close down after 103 years unless more members of the community get involved.

Club secretary Eilis McGourty has warned members of the Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher club in Co Leitrim that it could be all over if there is not more interest from locals.

Just eight people showed up for last week's club AGM – one short of the number needed to fill posts on the club board.

"I love the GAA and I love my club," said Ms McGourty, "but we can't keep going on like this. Just five club members and three board members turned up last Saturday and we can't continue to run a club like that.

"The club has been going since 1910 and we might have to close it in 2013 unless something changes.

"We have to raise €4,000 in the next few weeks for insurance for Croke Park and affiliation fees to the county board and you can't raise that sort of money without any interest. People think that these things just happen," she said.

It's not as if the Leitrim club has any shortage of interest on the pitch.

The men field an intermediate and a junior team. There are boys' teams at every age and the club has added a minor ladies team to the U-12, U-14 and U-16 panels.

"It's not emigration," said Ms McGourty. "Times are tough but we have plenty of teams and plenty of families involved that way. We just can't get people to take positions on our board and help to run the club."

She said many clubs struggled to get members involved in the actual running of the organisation.

"The GAA is a great community organisation but it needs the community to be more involved.

"We're having an emergency general meeting next Saturday and if no one turns up this time, we will have no choice but to close the club down," she said.

The emergency general meeting will take place at Cullentra Community Centre next Saturday, January 19, at 8pm.

Irish Independent

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