Mickey Moran was reappointed as Leitrim Senior Football Manager at last night’s Special County Committee meeting. Barney Breen continues in his role as selector while Martin McGowan has decided to step down after 14 years involvement with Leitrim Football teams.
Cathaoirleach Joe Flynn gave glowing praise to Martin for his total dedication and significant contribution to Leitrim GAA and wished him well in the future. In another development, Joe Flynn called for all Leitrim GAA fans and their families to adopt the Board’s call for support for GAA players and family likely to be affected by the decision of Bank of America/MBNA to close their Carrick On Shannon call centre. Chairman, Flynn addressing the assembled media said : “”I would ask all of you to make your feelings known to our public representatives. There are a lot of families in our county with connections to the GAA who are employed in Bank of America and we have to be seen to supporting them workers. It is important that we are seen to be active.”
In a statement issued following the meeting the Leitrim GAA County Board commented :
“Coiste Liatroma GAA delegates expressed their grave concern at the recent announcement by Bank of America (MBNA) of its intention to close down their operation in Ireland with the real possibility of the loss of up to one thousand jobs at the Carrick-on -Shannon centre.
“MBNA set up in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1997 creating much wanted real worthwhile employment not alone in Leitrim but too in our neighbouring counties of Roscommon, Longford, Cavan and Sligo. Such sought after employment resulted in further investment with consequent employment in this area.
“Leitrim GAA shares the concern of all the employees of MBNA and fully understands their anxieties at this time. Many of our members at club and county level are very happily employed there not to mention the many officials and the loss of such jobs would be disastrous for our association in this area.
“We now ask all of our public representatives to muster their collective abilities to ensure that a replacement employer to this state of the art facility. Leitrim does not have an abundance of natural resources and the loss of the jobs in question would be devastating to this entire region. The viability of many of our clubs is dependent on the retention of our workforce here. We too urge all units of our association to offer help and support in any way that may help in retaining those threatened jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon.”
The loss of such a key employer in the area would undoubtedly lead to loss of many young GAA players who would be forced to emigrate.