Harkin calls for backing

Donegal GAA clubs and county officers have been asked to row in behind a fund-raising drive to raise the finance to complete the new Centre of Excellence in Convoy.

Donegal GAA clubs and county officers have been asked to row in behind a fund-raising drive to raise the finance to complete the new Centre of Excellence in Convoy.

The call was made by former county chairman and treasurer, Danny Harkin, who is spearheading the drive as chairman of the county finance committee.

The former official addressed county committee on Tuesday night and called on the clubs and county officers to get fully behind the initiative and give it their 100% support.

Harkin outlined the details of the initiative, which comprises of 200 donors donating a one off payment of E500, as the county bids to raise E125,000 to match a promised E250,000 grant from the National Infrastructure Committee.

“All we are asking is for four people in every club to donate E500. We have 40 clubs and I’m confident if we receive that support, the finance committee and the county executive will come up with the rest.”

He said that while he fully understands the current financial constraints people are experiencing, he still feels there are enough Donegal people both home and abroad willing to help out and put their hands in their pockets.

“The facility at Convoy is not just for the current generations but for generations to come and the onus is on us to build on the foundation laid by previous generations.

“This development is not just for Convoy or the East of the county, but all of the county so that young players, both boys and girls footballers, hurlers and camogie players, have a place to train and to hone their skills. We would be failing in our duty as Donegal GAA people if we did not provide the facilities so that the association can grow and thrive in the county in future years.”

Part of Tuesday night’s presentation was made by county development officer Michael McMenamin, while county treasurer, Grace Boyle impressed the importance of the development and the current drive so that they can have a facility for county teams to train from the start of next year.