prior to the 2012 GAA Annual Congress in The Heritage Hotel in County Laois last weekend the GAA announced their support of the rollout of ConnectIreland’s “Succeed in Ireland” initiative on a national and international basis. ConnectIreland will use the global strength of the GAA network of almost 750,000 members across 2,800 clubs of which 400 are overseas.
“GAA members from all over the world can play a part in creating and attracting new jobs to Ireland. The GAA global Diaspora in particular has the potential to reach into the heart of their host countries and help make valuable connections with growing companies that ConnectIreland can engage with,” explained outgoing GAA President Christy Cooney
In recent years the Gaelic Games Association has seen clubs further develop in locations such as Asia and Middle East. Between the US and Australia an estimated 15,000 people are regularly involved in playing GAA games.
ConnectIreland, appointed by IDA Ireland to deliver the Succeed in Ireland initiative as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012, has been tasked with creating 5,000 new jobs over a five year period. Since the initiative’s launch in March, ConnectIreland has been in talks with GAA representatives and it has been agreed that as part of on-going efforts to deliver the jobs initiative, it will tap into the extensive GAA network at home and overseas.
Terry Clune, Chairman, Connect Ireland, commenting on the GAA’s involvement said, “The GAA, together with ConnectIreland, will act as a powerful tool to engage Irish people overseas by offering a simple way that GAA members all over the world can support the Irish economy and be rewarded for their efforts.”
Under the initiative, people are asked to use their global contacts to make introductions between ConnectIreland and overseas companies who are looking at expanding internationally. If a company expands to Ireland and creates new jobs the person who made the introduction will be paid a reward by the Irish Government of €1,500 per job, up to a maximum of 100 jobs. The reward can be used personally or donated to support a local GAA club.
The GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world. Gaelic games are growing in popularity with clubs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Dubai and further afield.
To learn more about ConnectIreland see www.connectireland.com or see www.gaa.ie