Photo courtesy Leitrim GAA
On the very night that they announced a major sponsorship deal, Leitrim GAA showed they are determined to build for the future with the launch of a fundraising campaign to complete the already operational Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence.
The “Help Build the Leitrim Wall” is a novel campaign that will see donors buy bricks of various different size that will be placed in a permanent display at the Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence in Annaduff.
Describing how €300,000 is needed to complete a project that first saw light in 2008, Eamonn Duignan told a special meeting of the Leitrim GAA County Board in the Centre of Excellence last Monday that the new facility would benefit every club player in Leitrim in the future.
The theme of “Building for the future” both in terms of developing future players and a building that will serve Leitrim well in the years ahead, Eamonn stressed bluntly that “The Centre of Excellence is more important than the development of Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, we want facilities for our youth.
“We want a building that when people pass on the N4, we want to say ‘look at that’ and stop and come in and not ‘look at this kip’,” said Eamonn as he detailed the four different strands of donations that would allow supporters have their name and a personalised message immortalised forever on “The Leitrim Wall”.
Commenting on the plan, Leitrim GAA County Board Chairman Terence Boyle said “Leitrim GAA supporters, and the public in general, have been very generous in backing our endeavours in the past. We could not have completed the magnificent stand in Pairc Sean without such generosity.
“We need your support again to finish the Centre of Excellence. We’re proud of our wee patch and we want to build something that everyone could be proud of. We want all Leitrim people be part of the identity of Leitrim GAA into the future, and we feel the Leitrim Wall offers this – an opportunity to have your family name forever etched in the fabric of the facility.”
The Observer will cover in greater detail over the coming weeks the plans for developing the “Leitrim Wall”. For more information about the Leitrim Wall visit www.leitrimobserver.ie or www.leitrimgaa.ie and stay tuned to the Leitrim GAA social media accounts.