Exiles look homeward to fund Ruislip revamp
London GAA have taken an innovative approach to fundraising for their Ruislip redevelopment – by turning to the clubs of Ireland.
Plans to overhaul London's GAA headquarters with a €5m facelift were unveiled last month but as part of the arrangement the Exiles have pledged to raise £500,000.
And with the GAA often turning to the expat community in a bid to raise funds, London have turned the tables and written to GAA clubs here requesting a donation of between €100 and €200.
"As part of this fundraising we are seeking the help of our fellow Gaels," read the letter. "Once completed, we will have a county ground to be proud of, similar to those found throughout Ireland.
"Since our formation in 1896 all GAA clubs in London have always and will continue to welcome our fellow country men and women from home and assist in finding them work, accommodation as well as providing all the necessary support for those who wish to continue playing our national games.
"We acknowledge the economic circumstances we live in both at home and here in London. However, we feel strongly that our vision must become a reality to be left as our legacy as we pass on these facilities to future generations, that it shall be befitting our Association for many years to come.
"We are now asking for the support of clubs in Ireland as we attempt to raise the funds necessary to bring our development project to fruition. We would be grateful if all clubs would consider making a donation of between €100 and €200 towards the project."
London hope to unveil their new stadium before their Connacht championship clash in 2015 and the redevelopment will include a 3,900-capacity stand, administration offices, medical facilities, a floodlit training area as well as terracing on one side of the ground.
Cheques can be made out to 'Ruislip Development' or alternatively funds can be transferred to AIB account number 1468010, with a sort code of 23-85-90.