Future of
local GAA club under threat

The future of a local GAA club hangs in the balance as a result of lack of interest by the local community take up positions.

The future of a local GAA club hangs in the balance as a result of lack of interest by the local community take up positions.

As a result of this North Leitrim based GAA club Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher have issued a rally cry ahead of next week’s Emergency General Meeting which was called after a poorly attended Annual General Meeting took place in the area on Saturday last.

Only five club members along with three board members were present at last week’s meeting and the club have confirmed that if the necessary numbers do not attend next week’s EGM, a motion will be put forward to the Leitrim County Board to wind up the club. The possible folding of the club would put an end to its 103 year affiliation with Leitrim GAA.

Speaking to the Observer yesterday (Tuesday), Glenfarne/Kiltycloger Secretary Eilis McGourty commented that a lack of concern towards the club from the local area is threatening its very existence. She said: “There just seems to be no interest from the local community to come on board at the moment.

“If the relevant numbers don’t show to take up positions within the club next week then we will have no choice but to wind up the club. It’s something that nobody involved with Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher wants to do but we’ll have no choice. The number of people turning up to our AGMs in recent years has got smaller and smaller and now it has come to this.”

In recent months, a considerable number of GAA clubs across the country have struggled to remain in existence through lack of funds and community involvement. Amalgamations have become the norm as neighbouring clubs pool their respective numbers as they struggle to field teams to represent their parishes although no club in Leitrim has folded due to these reasons in recent times.

When pressed on the reason why numbers involved with the club have dwindled, Eilis was unable to list any major factors. “It’s not emigration and it’s not that players have left for neighbouring clubs.

“We have two adult men’s teams, three ladies teams and are represented at all underage levels, it’s very puzzling. The numbers are there but people just aren’t coming forward to fill the roles. Whether that’s down to the lack of time on people’s hands, I don’t know.”

In a statement to the Observer, Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA club warned: “If people do not attend this meeting there will be a motion put forward to wind up the club in the area. All parents, players and people of Glenfarne and Kiltyclogher are requested to attend this very important meeting.”

The EGM will take place at Cullentra Community Centre next Saturday, January 19th at 8pm.