Comhghairdeas Buncrana and to Naomh Muire Íochtar na Rosann as GAA launch new Green Club Toolkit

Two Donegal clubs were recognised for their participation in the Green Clubs initiative in Croke Park on December 3rd. Congratulations to Buncrana and to Naomh Muire Íochtar na Rosann.

 

The GAA have launched a new Green Club Toolkit – see full Press Release below:

 

A new GAA Green Club Toolkit will be freely available to all GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association units and members to support the implementation of simple sustainability actions across the five areas of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Travel & Transport. The GAA Green Club Toolkit is the culmination of two years of collaboration between the GAA and the local authority sector, led by the County and City Management Association (CCMA), on a project to support sustainability and climate action in clubs and communities. The GAA-CCMA partnership led to the establishment of the GAA Green Club Programme, which saw over 30 clubs from across 17 Counties participate in Phase 1 of the GAA’s first ever national grassroots sustainability initiative. The Toolkit, which offers clear and practical advice to Gaelic Games clubs on how to engage in green and sustainable actions, contains applied and engaging case studies from the Phase 1 Green Clubs. Green Clubs were thanked at the launch for their contribution to the development of the Toolkit, with each club presented with a plaque in recognition of their participation. Expert input from organisations and agencies across the island of Ireland, including the SEAI, Action Renewables, LAWPro, Irish Water, NI Water, the Regional Waste Management Offices, the National Biodiversity Data Centre, RSPB NI, the NTA, the RSA, Keep NI Beautiful and Sustainable NI, was crucial to the development of the toolkit.

 

Expressions of interest for the next phase of the GAA Green Club Programme were opened at the Toolkit launch. An additional 75 Clubs from across the 32 counties will be selected to participate in Phase 2 of the GAA Green Club Programme, which will run from 2023 to 2024. The GAA Green Club Programme is supported by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and was featured as a case study in the recently launched Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) National Implementation Plan 2022-2024. GAA President Larry McCarthy said at the launch:

 

“The GAA is a games organisation but it is also an organisation built on our commitment to the communities that our clubs represent. This Green Clubs Toolkit will support our members to ensure that our extensive network of facilities at club and county level are equipped to follow best practice across the five pillars of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Travel and to ensure we play our part as community leaders in environmental sustainability. After two years of hard work I want to thank all the organisation who collaborated on this initiative and look forward to the Green Club Toolkit being put into action by clubs at home and abroad.”

 

 

Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications was quoted as saying:

 

“The Department of the Environment, Climate, and Communications is delighted to support the GAA in its Green Club Programme. The GAA is at the heart of every community and parish in the country. Climate change is often seen as a global challenge but it’s very much a local challenge, something that we can all do something about – right here, in our parish, in our clubs. The GAA Green Club Toolkit is an invaluable tool that identifies practical local solutions to this global challenge. It works because it doesn’t section climate action off – it stitches it into every day life, every day sport, every day community development and enrichment. The leadership shown by the GAA at national, regional and local level is captured in the inspiring case studies that bring this excellent resource to life. I’d like to acknowledge the work that all the contributors made to this resource and applaud their success in translating the Sustainable Development Goals into meaningful action through the Green Club Toolkit. I look forward to following the positive impact that the Green Club Programme makes in clubs and communities across Ireland

 

Speaking at the launch in Croke Park, Liam Bergin, Dublin City Council and member of the CCMA Climate Action Waste and Transport Networks Committee said:

 

The Green Clubs Programme has been supported by the Local Authority sector since its inception, with Carlow County Council as a Sustainable Development Goals champion, and we are delighted that the expertise of the Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs), the Regional Waste Offices and the Local Authority Water Protection Offices (LAWPROS) working with other expert partners has contributed to developing the supports and guidance for clubs in this Toolkit which is being launched today.”

 

For more information visit gaa.ie/greenclub

 

 See also below video on green club sustainability projects an clubs recognised

 

https://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/community-and-health/green-clubs-sustainability/projects

 

Notes to the editor:

 

The Green Club Expert Partners are:

 

26-counties Six-Counties
Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) DAERA
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Sustainable NI
Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPro) Keep NI Beautiful
Irish Water RSPB NI
Regional Waste Management Offices NI Water
National Biodiversity Data Centre Action Renewables
National Transport Authority (NTA)
Road Safety Authority (RSA)

 

The following clubs and grounds were recognised at the Green Club Toolkit Launch in Croke Park on 3 December for their participation in Phase 1 of the GAA Green Club programme:

 

Ulster Leinster
Culloville Blues, Armagh

Lámh Dhearg, Antrim

St. Mary’s Rasharkin, Antrim

Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh

St Joseph’s Craigbane, Derry

Naomh Muire Íochtar na Rosann, Donegal

Buncrana, Donegal

Belcoo O’Rahilly’s, Fermanagh

Strabane Sigersons, Tyrone

Clan na Gael, Louth

Mullingar Shamrocks, Westmeath

Ballycumber, Offaly

Kildavin Clonegal, Carlow

Na Fianna, Dublin

Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin

St. Finian’s, Dublin

Cuala, Dublin

Lucan Sarsfields, Dublin

Cappagh, Kildare

Park/Ratheniska, Laois

 

Munster Connacht
St Patrick’s, Limerick

Kilmeen & Kilbree Cork

Midleton, Cork

Clonakilty, Cork

Tralee Parnells, Kerry

Affane-Cappoquin GAA & Cappoquin Camogie Club, Waterford

Killenaule, Tipperary

 

Ballina Stephanites, Mayo

Clarinbridge, Galway

St Colman’s Camogie Club, Galway

Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Mayo (regional venue)

 

 

For further information or media interviews, please contact: greenclubs@gaa.ie