Thursday 22 August 2019

GAA launch a new manifesto

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan at the unveiling of the new GAA manifesto at St Colmcilles GAA Club in Bettystown, Co Meath. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan at the unveiling of the new GAA manifesto at St Colmcilles GAA Club in Bettystown, Co Meath. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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The GAA has launched a new mission statement that is contained in poster format and is designed to convey the sense of belonging that members feel to their clubs and the wider association.

The manifesto was unveiled in the St Colmcille's club in the Bettystown area of east Meath to acknowledge their contribution to their community - "much of it away from the field of play", a GAA statement pointed out.

The manifesto has a 'Proclamation' feel to it, stressing in the opening lines that, "we all belong in this place".

It continues: "We belong not because of who we are or where we come from, being here means belonging, belonging means knowing that you're part of a community that has a place for all, where potential is nurtured, where individuals become teams who honour the legacy of those who went before and strive to build legacy of their own.

"Some of us play, some of us used to play, some of us never played.

"We all belong, belonging means having a voice, means being able to say what you think is right being listened to."

The unveiling of the manifesto marks the start of a wider support message that celebrates belonging to the GAA. It follows in-depth research conducted over the past 12 months among 8,000 people in to what the GAA means to them in modern-day Irish life.

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