Local Employment, Community Fund and Youth Outreach at Croke Park
6th October 2011
Croke Park holds meeting to share update on stadium activities with local community.
At its quarterly meeting with local residents last Tuesday night, the President of the GAA, Christy Cooney thanked the community for their co-operation during the past season which he said had a fitting finale with Dublin winning the football final. The meeting looked back on the 2011 season with a review by the Stadium Community Liaison Officer, Ger Dorgan.
Dorgan began by outlining some of the initiatives Croke Park is working on with local residents. He stated that the Croke Park Community Fund has allocated €210,000 to 57 qualifying projects since mid-2009 and encouraged local groups to apply to the fund.
He also spoke of the partnership work between the Stadium, Ballybough Youth Services and local schools which lead to a very successful Gaelic football VHI GAA Cúl Camp in July catering for 185 local children. “We were able to heavily subsidise this particular activity and the feedback has been terrific” said Dorgan. The Stadium will build on this by its involvement with Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club and Ballybough Youth Centre in running a Gaelic games week during the mid-term school break.
Following two local employment drives during the 2011 season, 81 additional local people were given seasonal employment at Croke Park events. This brings the total number of locals employed by Fitzers Catering at the stadium to over 200.
Dorgan also advised the meeting that he is making door to door calls in the area to better identify issues of concern and take on board suggestions from the local community. During the past season, the stadium undertook a successful drive to ensure that no stadium personnel parked in the immediate area on match days in response to feedback on the issue at the last community meeting.
Ger Dorgan said that the meeting was very useful and thanked senior officials of both Dublin City Council and the Gardaí who attended and dealt with queries. He also welcomed the active participation of all residents in attendance.