It is claimed that Donegal club officials and clubs are not giving their full backing to the Club Tir Chonaill fund-raising drive to raise funds for the county’s Centre of Excellence.
The chairman of Club Tir Chonaill, Danny Harkin (pictured), at Monday night’s county committee meeting, has urged the clubs to back the fund-raising drive.
In his report to the meeting on progress so far on the drive to recruit 200 donors willing to donate a one off €500 payment, the chairman said that the latest initiative was going well but that there was a small number of people working on the initiative but he appealed for more people to get involved.
“We are very happy with the effort being put in by a small number of people but we are not covering the whole county and we are weak in workers in the south-west and south of the county,” said the chairman.
“Unfortunately there are some officials and clubs sitting back waiting to see what is going to happen and see how the fund-raiser goes. But I can assure all those sitting back that it will be a success and I’m calling on you to get involved as we make one final push to reach our target.”
Mr. Harkin said that he did not have a figure on the amount taken in so far on the fund-raiser as the treasurer was away on holidays and was just back, but he promised to have the full up-to-date figure for the July county committee meeting.
The chairman said that his only concern was that the offer on the table from Croke Park (of €250,000 if Donegal raises €125,000) may not remain indefinitely and that is why he urged a big push over the next few weeks.
He also warned that if the effort is not put in and the Croke Park money is withdrawn and the county let €250,000 slip through their hands that county committee would have some big decisions to make if they wanted to finish the development of the Centre of Excellence.
“All we need is four people from each club area and if we do we will be well on our way to reaching our target of €100,000.”
He also outlined details of some of the efforts being put in and the success being achieved by individual members with one member, who works outside the county Monday to Thursday, having recruited six fully paid members while at a meeting in Cavan they recruited five members.
“There is a lot of goodwill out there towards the project and the GAA and it is a matter of going out and asking people for their support.”
Club Tir Chonaill plan to hold an information evening next week in Dublin for all Donegal people living in the capital. The meeting is on in the Teachers’ Club on Wednesday night next June 13th at 8 pm.
While the May 31st deadline set by treasurer Grace Boyle to recruit the 200 donors has passed, the recruitment drive continues and officials are hopeful that the target of 200 will be reached in the next few weeks.
County chairman P.J. McGowan paid tribute to Danny Harkin and all the members of Club Tir Chonaill for their efforts in raising the funds.