Croke Park welcomed recipients of support from the Croke Park Community Fund to a reception with the new President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill, Stadium & Commercial Director, Peter McKenna and members of the fund committee including Chairman Finbarr Flood. The event was organised to recognise the work of groups within the local community with assistance from the Croke Park Community Fund.
The Croke Park Community Fund is an annual fund set up to help support community groups and projects by providing resources to help them make a positive impact in the local community. To date the fund has supported 114 groups and approved over €295,000 for local projects. The projects supported benefit a wide range of people in communities primarily within 1.5 kilometres of Croke Park.
Funds are intended to create or upgrade facilities, enhance services and facilitate local community activities and funding can be applied for by any bona fide community / voluntary / not for profit organisation for any initiative, project, programme or activity.
The GAA President extended his congratulations to the successful applications and lauded the work they do in the locality.
He said: “Fostering good relations with those who live in close proximity to Croke Park is very important to us and I think this scheme acknowledges the excellent work so many local people oversee that makes such a positive contribution to life in the area.
“We look forward to working with the Croke Park community through this fund in the months and years ahead.”
The committee considers all completed applications submitted and also facilitates applicants who require assistance with their application. These projects can fall under a broad range of categories with the underlying criteria being that the majority of beneficiaries are from the local community. Categories include, but are not restricted to environmental improvements, school and education initiatives, facilities or services for local people, multi functioning community facilities, residents groups, community events and festivals.
All local projects are encouraged to apply to the fund with all application criteria available on the Croke Park website on www.crokepark.ie/about/community .
Just a few of the community projects which benefit from the fund:
• Ballybough Youth Project: With the help of an art tutor, local children now meet every Thursday and have redesigned several pieces of furniture. They have held an exhibition of their work and with the help of the Croke Park Community Fund have secured funding for the tutor so that the art project can continue.
• Iona & District Residents Association (IDRA) – IDRA were looking to redesign their website and newsletter to allow them to communicate better with their residents. With the help of Croke Park Community Fund they have launched their new website and are in the process of redesigning the newsletter.
• Drumcondra Tidy Village Association – The Croke Park Community Fund is working with the Drumcondra Tidy Village Association to erect hanging baskets along Drumcondra Road from Whitworth Road to Griffith Avenue to enhance the area for the local community and add to the arrival as visitors approach the city centre from the airport.
• Central Models Infant School (CMIS) – The use of Ipads within the classroom have been proven to assist in various aspects of learning and the CMIS have developed a detailed program to best use this technology with the help of approved funding from the Croke Park Community Fund.
• Phizzfest – Phizzfest is the Phibsboro community festival which takes place every year and is the biggest local festival in the area. The Croke Park Community Fund has been lead sponsor for the last couple of years.
• O’Connells Primary School – The school is looking to expand on their current music program and have looked to the Croke Park Community Fund to assist with funding the equipment to enable more children to take part.
• Scoil Plas Mhuire BNS & Scoil Mhuire’s Iosaf GNS – The schools were looking to improve their play area to provide a stimulating and fun environment for the children to play in. They want to get the children and parents involved with the help of local artists to paint wall murals with assistance from the Croke Park Community Fund.
• 5 Lamps Arts Festival – The 5 lamps arts festival is another local festival that the Croke Park Community Fund has supported. The festival this year took place in April and incorporated theatre, visual art, music, comedy, dance, film and opera.
• Community After Schools Project – The Croke Park Community Fund provided funding for a music education program for local 5-7 year olds. The program took place three times a week for half an hour per session. Croke Park Community Funding helped provide a tutor to teach the children the joys of learning through music.