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Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan announces funding for Shannon Gaels GAA, New York


Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD, today announced the Government will provide funding of €250,000 to Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York to develop the underage playing field in Frank Golden Park, Queens.


Minister Deenihan said:

“I am delighted to announce a contribution towards the redevelopment of the facilities at Shannon Gaels which is one of the fastest growing GAA clubs in the United States.

“This funding will particularly benefit the younger Shannon Gaels members and encourage their ongoing participation in Gaelic games.

“This grant recognises the strong links between GAA clubs abroad and the Irish communities in which they are based. I also welcome and appreciate the strong support this initiative received at community and city levels in New York City.”

The funding is being provided as part of the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which supports Irish communities overseas and facilitates the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish.

Welcoming the announcement, President of the GAA, Liam Ó Néill said:

"We are delighted with the news that Minister Deenihan and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have confirmed very generous funding for the ambitious Shannon Gaels project in New York. It is no exaggeration to say that it is a remarkable project, one which is also receiving the support of the GAA centrally, and it will bring the club's ambitions to have a fully developed home of their own for the ongoing development of Gaelic games a step closer to reality.

Speaking from New York, Sean Price, Chairman of Shannon Gaels said:

“I would like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The young people of Shannon Gaels club, as well as children of Irish heritage all over New York, will benefit enormously from this grant in the coming years. Today’s announcement is a huge vote of confidence in Shannon Gaels GAA Club, its members and their dreams.

“We are now several steps closer to achieving what seemed impossible some years ago by developing Frank Golden Park in Queens into a top class GAA facility. The support announced today will enhance the lives of so many children into the future by helping to create a top-class GAA home outside of Ireland, and offering the next generation of the Irish Diaspora a chance to connect with, and develop a greater sense of their Irishness.”

The GAA has also received €45,000 in funding under the Emigrant Support Programme for the Global Games Development Fund which supports GAA projects abroad, outside of Britain and the US. A total of 22 projects around the world from Montreal to Myanmar were supported during 2014 under the Emigrant Support Programme.



Press Office
12 January 2015


Notes for Editors:

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) provides funding to not-for-profit organisations and projects to support Irish communities overseas and to facilitate the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish.
  • The key objectives of the ESP are to support projects and initiatives that address the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable Irish emigrants; enhance access for Irish emigrants and Irish community organisations to local statutory and voluntary services; foster a more vibrant sense of community and Irish identity amongst the Irish abroad; and encourage closer links between Irish communities abroad and Ireland, to the benefit of both.
  • Since 2009, the Programme also supports projects aimed at creating practical results orientated links between Ireland and the global Irish, and projects that emerged as a consequence of the Global Irish Economic Forum and its follow up. In the past ten years over €114m has been disbursed from the Emigrant Support Programme in grants.