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07 Dec 2021

Offaly GAA club to compete in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Offaly GAA club to compete in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Daingean GAA members enjoying a well earned drink after three weekends on the bog helping the vulnerable of the community

Final preparations are underway for Daingean GAA, an Offaly club founded in 1889, to compete in the first-ever virtual National Lottery Good Causes Awards on Saturday, May 29.

The National Lottery Good Causes Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes all over the country.

When the Covid pandemic forced Daingean GAA to suspend some of their plans for their sports hall, they decided to focus on keeping community spirits up by running tables quizzes, bingo nights, providing meals on wheels and assisting with shopping and medical runs for those unable to leave their homes.

The response group came up with the innovative idea of a ‘Turfathon’ to ensure that the older and more vulnerable members of the community would have enough turf for heating. The community sports hall, which National Lottery funding assisted with, has motivated the GAA club to become more engaged with the wider community. The club plans to extend the use of the hall to a wide variety of activities making the space an integral part of the community.

The Awards have six categories: Sport, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage, Arts & Culture, Community and Youth. A seventh category, Irish Language, will have a special award to be announced on the night at the Awards final, in recognition of outstanding work done in the promotion of the Irish Language.

Each category winner will receive €10,000 while the overall Good Cause of the Year will get an additional €25,000 on top of this. The winners will be announced at a virtual event hosted by Grainne Seoige live from the Mansion House on Saturday, May 29.

Following the announcement of the thirty-six finalists back in February, each of the community groups, sports clubs and organisations from all over Ireland, went on to the virtual judging segment of the competition which took place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th February. Representatives from each of the finalist groups were asked to do a short presentation remotely to the judging panel and to answer any questions that arose.

The judging panel was chaired by Nuala Carey, Lotto presenter, and also included Seamus Griffin, CEO of the Griffin Retail Group, Fergus Finlay, Columnist and Author, and Jennifer Crowe, CSR Manager of the National Lottery.

Awards Chairperson, Nuala Carey, spoke of the incredible challenge that the panel faced in deciding on winners for each of the categories: “We were in total awe of each of the 36 finalists after seeing their presentations. It’s no easy feat being asked to do a presentation remotely but each of the groups really took the task in their stride and highlighted all of the wonderful work being done in every corner of the country with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding. Each of the finalists truly are doing amazing work within their communities and if we could give them all an award, we would! I wish all 36 finalists the best of luck on the day.”

More information on the finalists and the National Lottery Good Causes Awards can be found at www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards/finalists  

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.

 

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