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From the Officers and Members of Banteer and Lyre GAA clubs

posted 1 Aug 2016, 07:26 by BanteerLyre GAA   [ updated 1 Aug 2016, 07:30 ]
A Chairde

At our June monthly club meeting it was agreed that Banteer and Lyre GAA clubs officers and members, would gather their thoughts and submit their views and suggestions to help improve the current situation we as a County find ourselves in.

The main concern expressed particularly, has been the lack of achievement in hurling with the last All Ireland success at minor level in 2001, under 21 in 1998 and Senior hurling in 2005. For a county who has such a proud hurling tradition, it is hard to believe that very soon we will have no Cork player with an All-Ireland under 21 hurling medal under the age of 40. The lack of success at Senior football level also has been a concern given that Cork have had many strong under 21 teams for the past number of years.

A lot has been written and spoken re Cork GAA and what is wrong, and what needs to be done over the past weeks and months with much coverage on all local and National Press.

Every GAA person in Cork County wants to get back to the winning ways and competing at the highest level year after year. Every Cork GAA family with young hurlers and footballers, want to be heading to Croke Park every Sept and soaking up the atmosphere on the weekend of an All-Ireland final, which is very special.

Despite the best efforts of every member, officer, player, coach, manager etc involved in Cork GAA to date, we are where we are without success to date and we cannot change the past.

So what do we do as a proud Cork GAA family? We can continue as we are and keep hoping our winning ways will return in the future. However this approach will just lead to more and more frustration in the county and it will lead to more disconnect and loss of support for Cork GAA in the future.

At this stage we need a clearly defined and agreed written plan that all parties will buy into and get behind with a common goal. The plan has to be compiled and developed in such a way that it will unify and reignite the GAA fire in every player, every member, every officer of every club in the County.

This plan must give the opportunity and seek the input from every member, every officer, every player, every Executive, every Board, every sub-committee and every concerned Cork GAA supporter.

Our suggestion would be to appoint an expert such as Peter Hanan (who worked on previous Strategic plan for Cork GAA) to prepare this plan.

The people who must lead in the preparation of this plan are the Cork County Board and Cork County Board Executive, as these are the people charged with ensuring Cork GAA affairs are run correctly on behalf of each GAA member in the County

Our proposal is to progress the preparation of this plan as follows:

· Formally request each GAA club in the county to hold a special meeting for all members to allow discussion and air all their views. Each club is to then collect and formally submit these constructive proposals and suggestions to Cork GAA. The proposals and suggestions should cover all the various key areas such as coaching, games development, club structures, finance and public relations.

· Collect and compile the input of the various subcommittees and reports already completed and in progress at County Board level.

· Review and take input from the discussion document issued recently by Coaching/Executive officer Kevin O Donovan.

· Review and learn from the best practices and systems already in operation in Dublin, Kilkenny and other counties.

· Review best practice in other codes and sports.

· Compile the draft plan by the end Sept 2016.

· Issue the draft plan to each club for review and feedback at the end of September 2016.

· Finalise and issue final plan by end October 2016.

This plan is the most important plan we as a GAA county will ever do and it is important to listen to, and take on board, the views of each and every GAA stakeholder from the person who cuts the grass every week in the local pitch for the past 40 years to Mr Ger lane, Chairperson of Cork GAA.

By taking this approach we will ensure all our members will buy into the plan and will feel part of its success going forward.

Yours sincerely

Martin de Barra

Runai Baintir

On behalf of all the Officers and members of Banteer and Lyre GAA clubs