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Local residents' celebrates Croke Park Community Fund

Local residents' celebrates Croke Park Community Fund

27th January 2014

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Croke Park welcomed representatives from thirty-five local groups, schools, associations & sports clubs to a community reception hosted by GAA President, Liam O’Neill and Stadium & Commercial Director, Peter McKenna.

The special event was organised to recognise their work throughout the local community following financial assistance received from the Croke Park Community Fund.

Established in 2008, the Croke Park Community Fund supports a wide range of local community initiatives based within 1.5km of the stadium.  Since its inception, the fund has allocated over €450,000 in funding to local schools, residents’ associations, voluntary organisations and sports clubs.

Over one hundred invited guests were in attendance to celebrate the successful community projects that received support in 2013.  They were also joined by Finbarr Flood, chairman of the independent fund committee as well as Minster for Trade and Overseas Development, Joe Costello T.D.

Speaking at the reception, Liam Ó Néill spoke about the commitment of the stadium to supporting as many local community groups as possible since the fund was established five years ago as part of the stadium’s Community Gain Programme.  He said:

“Today we want to acknowledge and thank our local neighbours for their commitment to improving the lives and well-being of others living near Croke Park. The work that is achieved here in the community by local groups, schools and organisations with help from the Community Fund is a source of inspiration and pride to us.  This year, we want to support even more community projects and events than ever before.”

Local resident Christy Fagan, chief instructor at the Sean McDermott Street Taekwon-Do School explained how the Croke Park Community Fund helps them:

“Last year, the fund helped us buy new Taekwon-Do uniforms for local children in the club.  It’s thanks to Croke Park that we’ve also been able to improve the facilities here in Lourdes Parish Hall over the past few years.  They’re helping our community and the support is making a difference in Sean McDermott Street.”

Pictured: Pupils from Gardiner Street Primary School – one of the thirty-five groups that received support from the Croke Park Community Fund in 2013 for new school computers.