The ‘Ulster Bank GAA Force Roadshow’ kicked-off its All-Ireland tour in St Eunan’s GAA Club on Wednesday night where over 250 Donegal GAA fans took part in the evening’s activities. The event featured a panel discussion and questions and answers session with RTE GAA legend, Pat Spillane, Martin McHugh, former Donegal All-Ireland winner and BBC pundit and Ulster Bank and Down GAA Star, Danny Hughes. The event was MC’d by Newstalk sports commentator, David McIntyre.
The roadshow, which coincides with Ulster Bank’s sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Football Championship, is travelling across Ireland to celebrate the return of Ulster Bank’s GAA club initiative, ‘Ulster Bank GAA Force’, following its nationwide success in its inaugural year, in 2011. Almost 400 GAA clubs entered Ulster Bank GAA Force last year. The initiative supports local GAA clubs across the country by giving them the opportunity to refurbish and upgrade their facilities.
Speaking at last night’s event in St Eunan’s GAA Club, Dermot Higgins, Business Banking Manager at Ulster Bank, said: “The Ulster Bank GAA Force Roadshow is a fantastic event which gives GAA fans the opportunity to meet and put questions to their GAA heroes. Ulster Bank GAA Force is a unique initiative that offers clubs the opportunity to improve their facilities, while also bringing the community together, and I would encourage all clubs to enter through our dedicated Ulster Bank GAA website. We are delighted to have kicked-off the roadshow in St Eunan’s. Donegal GAA fans turned out in their droves for the event, adding to the evening’s fantastic atmosphere.”
One lucky GAA club will receive the top award including support worth €25,000 and four runners-up (one from each province), will receive a support package worth €5,000 each. Club members and volunteers from the winning clubs’ communities will then come together to carry out improvements to their GAA club facilities during the Ulster Bank GAA Force Winning Weekends. The initiative is open to GAA clubs across the island of Ireland. Clubs can register for Ulster Bank GAA Force until at www.ulsterbank.com/gaa, where there are also downloadable tools and guidance on how to build a team of volunteers to help renovate your club during the winning weekends. The first 100 clubs to register for the initiative will also receive a support package worth €100.
For more information and to access behind the scenes footage and analysis of the 2012 GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, go to www.ulsterbank.com/gaa or find Ulster Bank GAA on Facebook and Twitter.