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Vice President of the GAA visits the Western Canadian Clubs in Calgary

posted 6 Apr 2012, 12:45 by Unknown user   [ updated 6 Apr 2012, 12:47 ]
In moving forward with the Canadian County Board's  2012 - 2015
Strategic Plan, the President from Ulster Council and a Vice-President
of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Aogan O Fearghail), the President
of the Toronto Divisional Board (Sean Harte) and the President of the
Canadian County Board (Brian Farmer) met with the Western Divisional
Board of the GAA and club delegates from Western Canada.

There was a willingness to develop and work together in providing
similar support mechanisms for the development of Gaelic Games in
Western Canada, as has been provided to the clubs in Ontario and
Quebec. Efforts to unify for a National platform for our games along
with an open forum for all starting points found in the Strategic Plan
were on the agenda.

From March 31st to April 3 in Calgary, a variety of people were in
dialogue.  Club histories were presented by the Fort McMurray
Shamrocks: Shane Gilhooley, Brian Walsh and Gary Dolan; Edmonton Wolfe
Tones: Robert Murphy and Jessie McKitrick; Red Deer/Lethbridge Eire
Og: Rory Lynch, Blaine Lavery and Daniel Kerr; Vancouver Irish
Sporting and Social Club: Ronan Matthews and Jerry McCarthy; and
Calgary Chieftain's Barry Sinclair.

The Western Canada Divisional Board's history was shared by Chair Kim
Budd (Edmonton). Toronto's Divisional Board History was shared by
Chair Sean Harte and the Strategic Plan was highlighted by Chair Brian
Farmer. Aogan O'Fearghail added his international  and well-thought
out perspectives on the Strategic Plan also.

Discussion points that followed included the May 26th Ladies Football
All Star visit to Toronto, a Canadian National Championship over the
Labour Day Weekend in 2013 and every year thereafter, a one day
referee course in Edmonton before the start of the playing season,
Youth and Coaching Development, along with insurance related

The Canadian County Board is grateful to be twinned with Ulster
Council and appreciated the willingness to assist with the development
of Gaelic games in Canada.


Front Row (L-R) - Rob Murphy and son, Brian Farmer, Aogan O'Fearghail,
Kim Budd, Jessie McKitrick and John O'Flynn

Back Row (L-R) - Ronan Matthews, Daniel Kerr, Jerry McCarthy, Blaine
Lavery, Rory Lynch and Sean Harte
Unknown user,
6 Apr 2012, 12:45