Contrary to recent media reports we would like to clarify that the GAA has no plans to proceed with the refurbishment or expansion of the Cusack Stand at Croke Park.
In 2019 the stadium team explored the need to upgrade a stand that was opened in 1994 and part of that exercise was to establish possible funding streams for any such project.
A long-standing application to the European Investment Bank concluded successfully last week and was subsequently reported in the media but these reports failed to indicate that the GAA had in fact already suspended any such plans at the outset of the pandemic.
The GAA’s sole focus and energy lies in getting our games back up and running when it is safe to do so and securing the future financial viability of the Association at every level as we continue to work through the pandemic.
Stay safe during these challenging times.
Tomás Ó Riain Seán Ó hÓráin
Ard Stiúrthóir Uachtarán
Colm Horkan Memorial Run 2021 – Virtual 5km, 10km or ½ Marathon. Sunday 14 th February 2021. Colm’s family, friends, colleagues and community are still struggling to comprehend the shocking events of Wednesday June 17th 2020, when Colm was cut down in the prime of his life, doing the job he loved in the best way he knew how.
The next few weeks will generate great excitement across the island and in seven counties in particular as we look
forward to All-Ireland hurling (Liam MacCarthy and Joe McDonagh Cups) and football finals (Sam Maguire and U20)
we weren’t sure we would see in 2020.
It has been an achievement involving so many people to get the championships played to this juncture and our aim is
to try and finish out the competitions to the highest and safest standards possible.
Our players and those who prepare them deserve the highest level of commendation for their respective roles in
helping us to stage the games and all of the training involved in advance.
Similarly, our board officials have worked tirelessly with the county teams to ensure that every measure needed was
taken and adhered to allow us to keep our players safe, fit, and healthy.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh to them all for everything they have done to help shorten our winter.
As a national sporting body we have a responsibility to not only our players and members, but to wider society too.
To that end, we are encouraging everyone to embrace and enjoy the three All-Ireland finals in the coming weeks in
a safe and sensible manner.
It is extremely unfortunate that we can’t facilitate supporters at our games but that is a by-product of the pandemic
we have been living through.
While we can take pre-cautionary measures at our venues, before, during and immediately after our fixtures in
attempt to look after those directly involved, we can’t control what happens away from the field of play in the
aftermath of games.
We learnt lessons after a number of clubs finals that prompted us to move to shut down our remaining club fixtures.
We are calling on all of those who support our games and teams to follow the health guidelines, practice social
distancing and to exercise caution at all times while watching and indeed after the games.
We fully appreciate this is not the norm. In fact it goes against so much of what our games mean to people.
However, it would be a travesty if the huge positive that have been our games would turn out to be a negative in the
run up to Christmas because we abandoned our collective responsibility to play our part.
Help the GAA to fulfil its role by playing your part and think for a minute about how you can watch and enjoy the
games with both your safety and that of others in mind over the course of what should be a memorable fortnight
Thanking you in advance for your ongoing support and co-operation and wish you every best wish for the
Le gach dea ghuí,
Seán Ó hÓráin
Tomás Ó Riain