Bagpacking in Dunnes Cornelscourt, Dec 21st

One of the most important fundraising ventures of our club is the Christmas bagpacking in Dunnes, Cornelscourt. This year, it takes place on Sunday, 21st December. We rely on all our older players, mentors and parents to help out with this vital activity for raising funds for equipment, paying refs, etc.

Click HERE to see the time schedule for volunteers. There is still time to volunteer, which you can do by contacting Niamh Murphy at 086 3334080.

We would ask all volunteers to check in at least five minutes before their due time to facilitate a smooth changeover.

 
Scór na bPáistí: Wednesday 26th November

An Irish cultural evening will be held for children in the club on Wednesday 26th November. Please click here for details and application form to compete.

 
Guess who's having a Birthday?!!

If you have been around the club, either as a new or seasoned member, you will know that there are a number of great people who have over the years developed Kilmacud Crokes into the fantastic club it is today.

One of these stalwart members is our own Larry Ryan. Maybe you have just gotten tickets from him through the selfless work he puts in for the big matches, or maybe you have known and worked with him on club committees and activities over the years. Whatever the case, we want to let you know that Larry is 80 years young this Saturday 23rd of August and having a celebration in the club. Please drop in and wish him well. All are welcome from 9:45pm onwards.

From all in Crokes, we wish Larry and Carmel our very best wishes. 

 
Crokes among clubs benefitting from SEAI scheme

Sports clubs across the country among projects benefitting from €28 million funding from SEAI

Minister highlights sports clubs’ enthusiasm for energy efficiency

alexwhite31 July 2014:  Mr Alex White TD, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources highlighted the enthusiasm and ambition of sports clubs when it comes to energy efficiency. 70 sports clubs are among the 83 community projects receiving €28m funding under the Better Energy scheme towards insulation, heating and lighting upgrades. GAA, soccer, rugby, golf, tennis, swimming, athletics, squash and horse racing clubs will all benefit from the funding.

The Minister was speaking at Kilmacud Crokes GAA club, one of the beneficiaries of a flagship partnership which began last year between Musgrave / Supervalu and the GAA. Through the partnership, Musgrave / Supervalu is making a significant contribution towards the cost of energy retrofit projects in a number of GAA clubs nationwide. Kilmacud Crokes are already benefitting from the insulation, heating and lighting upgrades installed as part of last year’s scheme and this year the collaboration will result in upgrades to a further 37 Supervalu stores and 34 GAA clubs across the country

The Minister said: “In 2014, the Better Energy programme will provide almost €60m for retrofitting.  Sporting organisations around the country like Kilmacud Crokes are alert to the high cost of energy in their facilities whether it is the floodlights that are in use during the winter or the showers after matches and training; every euro saved through energy efficiency can be invested back into valuable services for their members and patrons. This Government continues to be committed to energy retrofitting in homes, and community and public facilities.”

Kilmacud Crokes were delighted to welcome the Minister to the club and we appreciate his support for our efforts to develop the facilities available to the members. He was instrumental in the provision of this support in previous meetings with the Club Executive. We look forward to welcoming the Minister back to the Club in the future to celebrate what we hope will be a successful playing future supported by our development activity.

 
Kilmacud Crokes Sports Grant Application Update

As referenced in the recent Club Facilities Development EGM meeting, the club had submitted an application for a sports capital grant relating to an upgrade of Parc De Burca.  We are delighted to inform members that this application has been successful and the club has been granted 200k towards this project.  We will keep members informed of further updates as this evolves and will be coming to you for decisions as and when we get to that stage. We would like to record a note of thanks to everyone involved with the application which has resulted in this successful outcome.

 
Gym Redevelopment

In a very good news story for the Club the Gym has now re-opened for business following an extensive redevelopment and refurbishment. The work that has been carried out by members themselves has produced a first class facility designed for the needs of the Club membership. The project has been funded by members through their lotto contributions.

A few key points to note :

Access to the Gym is by computer linked fob only. Fobs are available from the Gym management team and a one-off charge of €25 applies (fee covers cost of fob and a contribution to the Gym's maintenance and future development).

All users of the Gym must be members of the Club and have a fob - transfer of fob is absolutely not permitted.

All rules regarding access and use of the gym derive from the need to ensure the Health and Safety of Gym users. The Club will strictly enforce all Gym rules, set down by the Gym management team, which are focussed on Health and Safety as well as protecting the Gym facility itself.

The Gym management team is Gerry McGrath, Michael Durcan, Billy Noctor and John Costelloe.

Enjoy the use of your Club Gym.

 
Opening of Kilmacud Crokes Gym

Development of the GAA Club Gym has now been completed. The programme of renovation and development has been funded by the Club Lotto and in particular by those members who paid €100 upfront each for two tickets in the Club Lotto per week for a year. That Lotto contribution has produced the funds to create a first class facility designed to meet the gym needs of GAA playing members and other members entitled to use the Gym.

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Update on Club Planning Application

The Executive of the Club is, as you know, working hard to scope out the opportunities for development of our facilities as part of the implementation of our Strategic Plan. Part of that process is to determine the options available on our Glenalbyn site. We have, as you will have seen and been previously advised, applied for planning permission to upgrade and extend Pairc de Burca. The first stage of that planning process is now complete and DLRCC have refused the permission applied for (DLRCC decision is available on their website - ref number D14A/0079). The positive is that the Club is now very clear on the issues to be addressed in order to secure permission for development of Pairc de Burca. The Executive is currently considering the position and will shortly make a decision as to our next step.

It is important to stress that no decision has been made to develop Pairc de Burca. Any such decision will be taken by the members at a general meeting. The Executive is currently engaged only in identifying the possibilities available to the members in terms of developing Pairc de Burca. Further updates will follow in due course.

 
Jobs and Careers Night Next Thursday!

The business network's jobs & career's night is NEXT THURSDAY the 27th February in the function room, and we most definitely have JOBS ON OFFER in the room: full time, part time and summer jobs. So if you want a job, be sure to come along and check out the offers. It's also a good chance to network and know who else is around the club to give you help and advice. And don’t forget to bring your CV along to get help from the CV CLINIC, run by experts from Worklink, a voluntary organisation which assists unemployed jobseekers to successfully transition into full employment. Watch the videos here: http://vimeo.com/85914219.

 
Club Development: A letter from the Club Chairperson

Dear Member,

The Club’s Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016, unanimously adopted by the membership, set out a clear priority around development of the Club’s facilities. The Club Executive is working to develop options for the members to consider at a general meeting. Those options will comprehend the question of the direction the members might decide to take as regards the facility which has been developed in Benildus College, development of Pairc de Burca and any other options identifiable at this time. The Executive intends to consult the members of the Club comprehensively on these matters in the coming couple of months. The plan is to provide full information to members as regards all aspects of the options for development including financial and technical details. The Executive is committed to designing a consultation process which will facilitate full understanding of the matter by all members.

In the meantime the Government has announced a Sports Capital Grant Programme for 2014 with a closing date for application of 28th February 2014. The Executive is convinced that Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club must have its ‘hat in the ring’ for allocations under this Grant Scheme. A proposal, without prejudice to any decisions the members might take as to what actually happens, for funding to support development of Pairc  de Burca is being submitted to the Sports Capital Programme. This may succeed in securing an allocation or it may not. In any event, it will be the members who decide in a general meeting whether to proceed to develop Pairc de Burca.

The requirements of the Sports Capital Programme are that any application must be accompanied by a valid planning application for the project. The Club is therefore applying for planning permission for a project to re-align the avenue on the Shopping Centre side, extend Pairc de Burca and carry out comprehensive drainage and upgrade work on the pitch surface. The application will also include a proposal to Flood Light Pairc de Burca. Clearly, any planning approval received will not lead to initiation of this project unless the members decide to do so. This planning application is being made in order to meet the requirements and timelines of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2014. Planning approval for this project does not commit the Club to execute it.

The members will notice standard planning notices appearing on the Glenalbyn site in the coming days and the context for those notices is as above [Note : a copy of the actual planning application will be held in the Club Office for perusal by members]. I look forward in the coming period to engaging with the membership so that we can together make the key decisions as regards the development direction of our great Club.

Kevin Foley

Chairperson

Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club.

 
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