The family of the late great Dermot Earley Snr believe a new initiative in his honour can help the next generation of young Irish leaders make their mark in the world.
The Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative, brought together by the National University of Ireland, Galway, Foróige, and the GAA, will commence in Croke Park on Saturday, October 26. It’s the same day his brother Paul takes charge of the second International Rules series match against the Australians. And the application process for interested parties is now open.
It will offer 15 young GAA club members from the counties of Roscommon, Kildare and Galway the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through an exciting programme that evokes and honours the values Dermot epitomised and held so dear.
Speaking on behalf of the Earley family, Dermot Jr, former Kildare GAA star, said:
“Enabling young people to achieve their full potential was something my father was passionate about. We are delighted to give our support to this initiative and look forward to the positive influence these young leaders will have on their GAA clubs, their communities and beyond.”
The lucky participants, who must be aged between 15 and 18 years old, will explore all elements of leadership before being asked to put their skills to work in their own clubs and communities.
Those who complete all three modules between October 2013 and April 2014 will be eligible to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action. Following the initial gathering in Croke Park, all subsequent sessions will take place in the participants’ own county and will be delivered by GAA and Foróige volunteers who have received specific training in NUIG.
The course will be part-time in nature and will be delivered in the evenings and at weekends through a timetable that will avoid interference with school and other educational or sporting commitments.
Uachtarán CLG, Mr Liam O’Neill, said, “Few better demonstrated the broad and varied skills and attributes associated with true leadership than the late, great, Dermot Earley. On and off the field, Dermot led by example and inspired all those around him. The GAA is honoured to contribute to this great legacy through this initiative.”
Seán Campbell, CEO Foróige, said: “Foróige is delighted to partner with the GAA and NUI Galway to honour the memory of a modern day Irish hero, Dermot Earley. Foróige believes, as did the late Dermot Earley, that all young people have the power to have a real and meaningful impact on the world around them. With this programme they gain the skills and attitudes that equip them to do just that.”
Anne Walsh, NUIG, added: “In collaboration with Foróige, the GAA, and the Alan Kerins project, NUI Galway is delighted to accredit a programme that recognises the valuable contribution that Dermot Earley as a role model can make to the development and leadership skills of young people. This programme will sow the seed for the skills and knowledge that our future leaders need and is a wonderful tribute to the values that Dermot Earley espoused and practised.”
The programme is free of charge, with a €40 registration fee covering the cost of printing of materials and manuals which will be issued to the participants. Those who decide to avail of the opportunity of graduating at the official NUIG graduating ceremony will have to cover a registration fee of €300 (there may be an option of fundraising towards this as part of the programme activities).
Participants will also have the opportunity to fundraise and travel to Zambia as part of the Alan Kerins Project’s intercultural youth programme.
The application process is now open to members of GAA clubs in counties Kildare, Roscommon, and Galway, aged between 15-18 years-old. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 27, at 5pm. Full details and application forms are available at www.gaa.ie/deyli