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GAA Come & Play for your County day (22.04.09)

On Wednesday 22nd April 2009 the first GAA ‘Come and Play for your County Day’ for people with a disability took place on County Monaghan Training Grounds, Cloghan. Annyalla. The day was organised by the Sports Inclusion Development Officer for Monaghan/Cavan Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Monaghan GAA Coaching & Games Development staff.

This exciting new sporting initiative involved over 75 people with a disability from the following disability groups; National Learning Network, Day Activation Unit, Horticulture Unit, Steadfast House, Holy Family School, Errigal Truagh Special Needs, and the Monaghan Training Workshop. The day involved each of the groups participating in a number of activity stations where each participant got to try out a number of the different GAA Sports. Each activity station was facilitated by a qualified coach.

The highlight of the day for the participants was the arrival of two of the Monaghan County football players; Padraig McBennett and Conor McManus. Padraig and Conor got involved in all of the activity stations. All the participants got to meet and play with the local stars, get their jerseys signed and most importantly give them their support for their National League match against Cork that Sunday. Padraig and Conor also presented the certificates of achievement to all the participants for taking part in the programme.

Monaghan Sports Partnership would like to acknowledge Paul O’ Connor the Football Development Manger for all his help in the organisation of the day and for the professional display of coaches that delivered the activity stations to all involved.

Due to the success of the programme Paul O Connor has highlighted Monaghan GAA’s interest in running a programme aimed specifically for people with a disability in the near future.

A special thanks to all the coaches & organisers involved; Paul O Connor, Ann Mc Kenna, Colin Malone, Mary O’Callaghan, Paul Turley, Seamus McLoughlin and not forgetting Padraig McBennett and Conor McManus for coming along on the day and giving their support to the participants.

For more information on the GAA Play for your County day, please contact:
Monaghan Sports Partnership office on 042 9755126

County Monaghan Coaching & Games Committee organised an 8 week programme of coaching taking place in St. Macartans College on Thursday mornings at 11.00am, beginning on 5th November 2009.

This is a fantastic intervention of the GAA in Monaghan and supports the work of the Sports Inclusion Programme by continuing to give people with a disbaility the opportunity to participate in sports activities.

It is anticipated that this programme will continue to run in Winter 2010.

The Cavan / Monaghan Sports Iinclusion Development Programme for people with a disability is funded by Pobal and the Dormant Accounts Fund and is supported by the Irish Sports Council and the Cara centre for Adapted Physical Activity, Tralee