The Shannon Gaels GAA Club in New York is one step closer to building its field of dreams – a children’s playing field in Frank Golden Park in College Point, New York.
In January, Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan, TD announced that the Irish government will give €250,000 to develop the site. 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. A total of 22 projects around the world from Montreal to Myanmar were supported during 2014 under the program.
Deenihan said he was “delighted to announce a contribution towards the redevelopment of the facilities for the 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 recognizes 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.”
Sean Price, Chairman of Shannon Gaels, agreed, saying, “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.”