Large turnout saves GAA club

The future of club football in the Glenfarne and Kiltyclogher areas of north Leitrim was secured at the Cullentra Centre last Saturday evening following an emergency general meeting which saw the election of a new club board for the 2013 season.

The future of club football in the Glenfarne and Kiltyclogher areas of north Leitrim was secured at the Cullentra Centre last Saturday evening following an emergency general meeting which saw the election of a new club board for the 2013 season.

Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA club had called the EGM on the back of a poorly attended annual general meeting which took place on the first week of this month. With only five club members and three board members present at the AGM it was feared that the club would be forced to wind up and end its 103 year affiliation with Leitrim GAA, due to a lack of support from the local community. This, despite being represented by both men and women’s teams at various levels.

Those fears were allayed at the weekend as a result of a large crowd which answered the call of their local team. The meeting saw Club Chairperson Sean Clancy continue his role at the helm of the club while David McDermott was elected to Vice-Chair. New Secretary Ciaran Clancy will be assisted by Eilis McGourty who will also stay in her role as Club Public Relations Officer. Chris Broughton will control the financial side of the club as Treasurer.

Speaking to the Observer on behalf of Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA Club, PRO Eilis McGourty commented: “We were absolutely delighted to see the large crowd turn up last weekend. Between 35 and 40 people turned up which was enough to place people in positions on the board and secure the future of football in the area.”

The situation at the club was keenly followed by national media following the Leitrim Observer’s highlighting of the club’s plight two weeks ago, something Eilis feels helped the club’s survival cause. She continued: “There were phone calls from newspapers based all over the country last week and it certainly helped bring attention to the club and the problem we had. There were also phone calls from clubs all over Ireland who wished us well which showed us that we are not the only club who face these sort of problems.”

The inaugural meeting of the new club board is due to take place this Saturday evening at the Cullentra Centre where the club will continue with plans for the upcoming football season.

Meanwhile, at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Dublin based Leitrim Supporters Club, County Board Chairperson Joe Flynn said that the GAA in Leitrim must not allow itself to be overwhelmed by the challenges posed by emigration and finance.

Speaking from Croke Park, Mr Flynn said: “Some clubs are finding great difficulty in surviving because of finances and emigration and it is a source of great stress to many of our clubs. But we must now allow ourselves be overwhelmed and we will need to prioritise our needs in the years ahead.”