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‘Real’ discussions helping Mayo GAA plan of action

‘Real’ discussions helping Mayo GAA plan of action

Mike Finnerty

TWO months after accepting the Mayo GAA Board’s invitation to Chair the Mayo GAA Strategic Action Plan Steering Group, Liam Horan is delighted with the “real discussions” that are taking place among the ten sub-committees.
The Strategic Action Plan ‘think-tank’ groups are aiming to have a ‘draft report’ ready for the Mayo GAA Board in eight weeks’ time. This document will then be circulated to Mayo GAA clubs and the general public for debate and discussion, and the Steering Group will be holding a number of information meetings to facilitate this process.
This document will then go before the February meeting of the Mayo GAA Board in the hope of gaining ratification as the county’s official Action Plan.
Speaking to The Mayo News last week, Liam Horan (Ballinrobe GAA club) admitted that it was a case of so far, so good, for all concerned.
“It’s going well,” he said. “All the committees are functioning now and some have had two or three meetings at this stage. So far, a lot of their work has been on ascertaining the current state of play in their areas.
“There’s been a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm,” he added. “We’ve had a 95% take-up from people when we’ve asked them to get involved with various committees.
“The Chairpersons, in particular, are doing a great job and the chain of command seems to be working very well. Each committee has taken the ball and ran with it.
“The meetings and the discussions they’re having are real. They’re not polite talking shops.
“The Steering Group met last Wednesday night and some Chairpersons were in a position to float some of their possible recommendations.
“There’s been a big interest in it and we’ve had quite a few public submissions, especially in relation to inter-county football and the Mayo teams which would be high-profile.”
Everything from ‘Coaching and Games Development’ to ‘Public Relation’s to the ‘Mayo GAA as a Stimulator of Economic Activity’ is being examined by the Strategic Action Groups, with a host of former Mayo footballers, and influential business and GAA people, all lending their support.
Some members of the GAA fraternity and the general public have also contributed, and Liam Horan is asking for more feedback over the coming weeks.
“We’ve got some very good suggestions so far, and some former Mayo footballers have also got in touch with ideas.
“If any members of the public would like to make a submission, we’d be delighted to get them,” he said. “No matter how big or small they think it might be, all are welcome.“

Who’s who in the mayo gaa strategic review
Liam Horan (Ballinrobe GAA club)
Chairperson, Mayo GAA Strategic Action Plan Steering Group

Tony O’Connor (Ballintubber)
Chairperson, Coaching and Games Development

Stephen Rochford (Crossmolina)
Chairperson, Bridging the Gap: Bringing Through our High-potential Players

Neil Sheridan (Balla)
Chairperson, Urbanisation and Rural Depopulation

Denise Horan (Ballinrobe) and
Sean Deane (Breaffy)
Joint Chairpersons, Club-board Relationship and Structures

PJ Monaghan
(St Sylvester’s, Dublin, and formerly Belmullet)

Chairperson, Finance and Funding (based in Dublin)

Robert Grealis (Kilmeena)
Chairperson, Public Relations

Charlie Gilmartin (Kiltimagh)
Chairperson, Harnessing Support of Mayo People Worldwide

Sean Hannick (Killala) and Stephen Carolan (Belmullet)
Joint Chairpersons, Mayo GAA as Stimulator of Economic Activity

Aodan MacSuibhne (St Jude’s, Dublin)
Chairperson, Hurling

Danny McHugh (Garrymore)
Chairperson, Secondary Schools

The following are also members of the Steering Group:
JJ Costello (Carramore); Jimmy Lyons (Aghamore); Eamonn Kennedy (Castlebar Mitchels); John Healy (Ballina Stephenites); Martin Carney (Castlebar Mitchels); and Maria Staunton (Ballintubber).