GAA Handball dignitaries from all over the country will assemble in Carrick-on-Shannon this Sunday for the first time, for this year’s Annual GAA Handball Congress.
By David Goulden
The sport, which is often seen as the GAA’s forgotten child, has gone from strength to strength in recent times with over 60 new clubs being established throughout Ireland in the last few years.
The body has seen a rise of 34% in new registered members, with participation rates rising every month. Awareness of the sport is sure to rise in the coming months with the 2102 World Handball Championships taking place in the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, this coming October. The GAA have also reported a continuing growth in Ladies Handball through Women In Sport, an initiative which was developed to address the differences that exist between women’s and men’s interaction with sport in Ireland.
Leitrim GAA Handball will be represented by a panel of seven representatives, one of which is Fenagh man Peter Heaney who will receive the GAA President’s Award in recognition of his long term commitment to the development of the game in County Leitrim. Peter is also the current Connaught GAA Handball Council President.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.