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Beginnings and endings for Douglas GAA

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:48pm

It’s been a very busy start to the year at Douglas GAA Club.

In a first for the club, Douglas underage has been awarded the Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarking Gold standard under the Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative. The prestigious award helps to recognise clubs who are putting in great work and also provide focus to the work they do in their community.

As a recipient of the award, the club will be eligible for many benefits this year including priority access to Páirc Uí Chaoimh initiatives, eligibility to apply for U12 Croke Park Day, application for half time games of county and club games in Cork, entry to the Hurling and Football Go Games Summer leagues for 2019, entry to Munster U15 Super 10s competition, access to the Rebel Óg Coaching and Munster Coaching Conferences in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, club support via workshops and other initiatives run by Rebel Óg Coaching.

The club accepted their award in a ceremony at Páirc Uí Rinn last Sunday hosted by Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy.

It’s the end of an era as a long time club member said goodbye in January. Aidan Delea stepped down from his position as club caretaker after 30 years. A former player for the club, he’s been receiving numerous messages of support and well wishes from the whole community including Cllr Joe Harris who said: “Aidan is everything that’s good about our community, and the GAA. I have known him many years and he is a power of example to me.”

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