Kilnadeema GAA club have come up with a brand-new initiative that will allow clubs to improve their skills, remain competitive and make some much-needed money all at once.
Leitrim GAA PRO John Geraghty told KCLR’s Scoreline on Sunday that there is more than enough reason for all clubs to get involved.
“There’s a huge pool of over 2,000 GAA clubs worldwide so we’re hoping to have a prize of €10,000 or 10% of the revenue that we take in. So, there is a substantial prize fund available for any club who agrees to take part,” said Geraghty.
In an attempt to promote the event, the Burke’s from St. Thomas’ and the famous Walsh family of Tullaroan faced off as both families showcased their vast array of skills. Geraghty said that it was a no brainer to ask hurling royalty like the Walsh’s to take part.
He said: “We said that we’d approach the Walsh’s because they bring a great passion and enthusiasm to the game and they’re a truly great GAA family so it’s great to have them involved.”
The Leitrim GAA PRO highlighted the lure of the event at a time when competition is scarce for clubs across the country.
“You can challenge your greatest rival in this type of a competition. You’re not just hitting the ball against the wall for the sake of it, you’re actually trying to get one up on your neighbouring clubs, so it adds an extra bit of spice.”
He also explained the importance of fundraising for clubs at this time and how going outside the county will be helpful for a club such as Kilnadeema.
“It’s great to try and do fundraising outside your own are because it gives us an opportunity to expand our net and give clubs the chance to get involved in a competition which is something that they have lacked for quite a while now.”
The All-Ireland and World Club Skills Competition is open to all Hurling, Camogie, Men’s Football and Ladies Football teams across the world. Colleges GAA and Inter-firm teams can also enter.
Here is a video from round two between the Burke’s from St. Thomas and the famous Walsh’s from Tullaroan.
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