What is the Green Club Programme?
The Green Club Programme is a partnership between the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and local authorities across Ireland.
This partnership has its origins in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions Programme launched by the Department of Communication, Climate Action, and Environment in September 2019. Both the GAA and Carlow County Council were among the twelve inaugural SDG Champions and initial informal discussions led to the establishment in January 2020 of an official Green Club partnership between the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association.
The Green Club Working Group, composed of representatives of local authority Climate Action Regional Offices (CARO) and of the three main Gaelic Games organisations as well as club delegates, met for the first time in February 2020. In March a Green Club questionnaire was issued with the dual purpose of gathering volunteer sentiment on the sustainability challenges and opportunities in Gaelic Games clubs and of inviting expressions of interest in participation in Phase 1 of the Green Club programme.
Naomh Muire Green Club Programme
The GAA pilot programme is now in place and phase 1 will see us looking to club members and non-members to join us when deciding which projects that the club can initiate with a view to improving the local environment. The club will undertake small projects around the clubhouse and club grounds to help reduce waste, energy savings, water conservation, biodiversity and hopefully reduce the carbon footprint of the club.
We would also like to undertake projects in the local area, that will help us preserve the beautiful local area where we live. For us to be successful in creating any meaningful community projects, we will need the whole community to get behind us. Anyone who has expertise or a desire to improve our local environment, please contact us. The more people that get involved, the more we will be able to achieve.
If anyone has been thinking about how nice it would be to have new walkways or improve existing walkways. Create new habitats for birds and animals. Organise a clean-up of the local townlands. Save energy and water. We want to hear your ideas and as a community let us try to make our local environment and area a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Naomh Muire Green Club Co-ordinator: Jimmy Boyle,
Contact: 087-2875170 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org