Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty today leant her support to the Meath GAA Social Initiative .
The Initiative, established by the GAA in 2009 in conjunction with Áras an Uachtaráin, provides a social outlet for older male members of society and particularly those in rural areas. It is a community-based project aimed at older men who would benefit from an enhanced engagement within the local community.
“I would like to congratulate the GAA for taking up the mantle. This scheme has the potential to transform the lives of the individuals involved and contribute significantly to community life. These men have no doubt contributed handsomely in various ways to their respective communities in the past and the project provides an ideal opportunity for the community to express their deep gratitude to them while also offering the men the opportunity to continue to utilise their great experience and wisdom for the benefit of society."
“There are great benefits for clubs getting involved in this initiative out from the visible benefits of improving the quality of life of particular people in your area the club will also be in a stronger position to make applications for grants from various agencies outside the GAA.”
Participation in the project will involve the clubs organising social activities in their respective areas - some of which will be GAA orientated. However, it is important to note that the Initiative is not exclusive to GAA members and the hope would be to have all men within a Club's parish to be made feel welcome.
Paddy Kelly has been appointed as a provincial co-ordinator to help and encourage clubs in Meath to join this initiative. Those who are interested can contact him at: 086 8282458