Realt na Mara GAA Club, Bundoran have been announced as the winners of the SuperValu Community competition for Ulster.
The club won the award following a submission from Club Treasurer John McEniff.
The club won by demonstrating how a five thousand euro bursary would enable them to develop their key objective of increasing participation in club activities, specifically at youth level.
At the start of the Championship, to celebrate its fourth year as partners to the GAA, SuperValu, Ireland’s leading community retailer, launched an innovative ‘Community GAA’ competition. Every club around Ireland was invited to apply to win one of four provincial bursaries of €5,000. Each winner will be afforded the chance to double that total along with winning a gala dinner for their club, attended by the GAA president Liam O’Neill. The provincial champions will pitch their ideas to a panel at an All-Ireland final event which takes place on September 4th at Croke Park.
To win the bursary SuperValu had asked all applicants to show why their club is special to the locality and how the prize fund would help enhance the local community.
The entry put forward by John McEniff did just that as he revealed the deep rooted affection that Realt na Mara has within the community, and how the added funding would go a long way towards increasing participation amongst young people in club activities on and off the field.
McEniff highlighted two specific areas which the bursary from SuperValu would make a real difference to the club, namely improving the canteen facilities allowing Realt na Mara to cater for greater numbers in order to host more youth blitzes and tournaments.
On receiving the news that his application was successful McEniff expressed the affect this would have on his local club.
“We were delighted when we received the call from our local SuperValu retailer Des Cosgrove, to say we won the provincial award.
“The funding will go a huge way towards improving the facilities here and fingers crossed I will be able to come back with the All-Ireland title in September!”
Des Cosgrove of Cosgroves SuperValu, Bundoran was delighted that the club in his community was selected as a winner.
“I have to congratulate Realt na Mara on winning the Ulster award. I personally know the superb work John McEniff and all the members put into the club so there’s no one more deserving. Realt na Mara is a real hub of the local community here in Bundoran, so I’m delighted that SuperValu will be able to assist in improving the clubs facilities.”
Realt na Mara now have the chance to win an additional €5,000 by pitching their entry to SuperValu representatives alongside GAA personality Marty Morrissey against the other provincial winners at Croke Park next month.