Emigration rates hits local GAA clubs

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An Inishowen GAA club is hoping to rally the support of their local community in keeping the team alive.

Like many other clubs in the peninsula, Moville GAA is struggling to field senior teams with many young people in the area being forced to emigrate to find employment.

Following the Annual General Meeting of the club last Friday night in the clubhouse in Carnagarve, newly elected chairperson, Davy McLaughlin said that while the club had facilities most teams would envy, he felt their was a need to “re-energise the club and its members” to bring it to the fore again- a club to be proud of.

Speaking at the AGM, Mr McLaughlin said he was committed to leaving no stone unturned, but called for the support of the members to help turn the club around.

Mr McLaughlin also recognised and thanked his predecessor for his contribution to the club he had served for over 30 years.

Outgoing chairman, Con O’Donnell, reflected on the year past and thanked all the members present for their support during his term of office. He paid a special tribute to the late Joe McGeady who had served the club for a long number of years and who passed away earlier in the year.

With hopes to make the most of the situation for the younger members of the club, the new chairperson will be holding an open forum for all members to make their voices heard on issues concerning them about the club in general.

After the reports, Sean McBride took the chair for the election of officers. All posts were filled, and in support of the McLaughlin as the chair, Margaret Mulhall took on the role of vice –chairperson.