GAA to discuss project plan with local school

The GAA are keen on striking an agreement with a second level school in Longford town in order to entice more young people to take up Gaelic games.

The GAA are keen on striking an agreement with a second level school in Longford town in order to entice more young people to take up Gaelic games.

Representatives from the association’s Leinster Council approached Templemichael College’s board of managament in recent days with a view to using a pitch inside its grounds.

No formal acceptance has so far been reached between both parties despite the idea receiving warm appraisal at last week’s monthly meeting of Co Longford VEC.

Initially raised by Cllr Paul Connell, Leinster Council delegate Cllr Micheal Carrigy said the move could provide much needed impetus to the local sporting arena.

“We approached the board of management to see if they (Templemichael) would be interested in a joint agreement with Leinster GAA along the lines of a social inclusion project,” he said.

The Fine Gael representative revealed the GAA would be willing to provide coaching as well as financial backing to ensure the proposal’s success in the long term.

In welcoming the annoucement, Cllr Peggy Nolan said the idea carrried plenty of appeal but cautioned committee members against discussing the item any further at this stage.

Cllr Mae Sexton offered a different view, saying debate amongst VEC members was merited.

“I actually think it is the right place to bring this up,” she said in response. “It would certainly strengthen the hand of the committee that would be making a decision on it.”

Cllr Nolan disagreed however, claiming any final determination would not be taken by the committee or its current members.