Announcement of Emigrant Support Progamme Funding for Ruislip GAA Clubhouse Renovations15/8/18
Announcement of Emigrant Support Progamme Funding for Ruislip GAA Clubhouse Renovations
On a visit to London Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, T.D. announced a grant of £200,000 towards the redevelopment of the Ruislip GAA clubhouse in London as part of the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
McGovern Park in Ruislip is the county ground for London GAA, who have around 3,500 members locally. In recent years McGovern Park, as the venue for the Connacht Championship Games, has become a festival venue where some 6,000 Irish people meet and enjoy a gathering each year.
“Our investment in the new facilities at Ruislip recognises the central role of the GAA in the Irish Emigrant community in London”, remarked Minister Cannon. “I hope that this cooperation between the Irish government and the GAA will further cement the links between us and enable the GAA to continue its work of binding the Irish community together and ensuring the strength of that community in times to come”.
GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan welcomed the development.
“The GAA is delighted to recognise the on-going support and assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the development of Gaelic games abroad and particularly in the work being done on McGovern Park in Ruislip.
Just like the GAA throughout Ireland, the GAA network around the globe is about so much more than the playing of our great games. It offers a community and a support structure to the people who play games and attend matches. It plays a pivotal role in helping the Irish Diaspora find a home from home.”
John Lacey, Chair of London GAA added that“London GAA are extremely grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade for their very substantial contribution, so we can achieve our ambition to form a Cultural Centre in McGovern Park. This centre will enhance the connection between Irish Community in London and all aspects of Ireland’s history and culture.
Our Association aim is to actively support the Irish language, traditional Irish dancing, music, song, and other aspects of Irish culture. It shall foster an awareness and love of the national ideals in the people of Ireland and assist in promoting a community spirit through its clubs.”
This evening the Minister was guest of honour at a dinner with senior GAA figures hosted by Irish Ambassador to the UK Adrian O’Neill. Tomorrow he will visit the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith and the GAA All British Championships at the Tir Chonaill Gaels GAA club, where some 2500 young people will come together over 4 days to play Gaelic games.
13 July 2018
Notes to Editor:
This project is the second phase of development at McGovern Park, with the first phase seeing a complete redevelopment of player and spectator facilities, including a covered stand with a capacity for 3,900 persons, completed in 2017.
The second phase will see a complete refurbishment of the function spaces on the first floor of the clubhouse, to include a new kitchen, redesigned event space and improved layout, scheduled for completion in early 2019. These improved facilities will be made available to Irish community groups in the area, with a number of these currently using the clubhouse facilities for the benefit of the wider Irish community locally.
The total cost of this project will be in the region of £700,000, with the remainder of the funding coming from the GAA central Council, the GAA Development Fund and the London County GAA.
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