Louth GAA announces Dundalk Credit Union as official Community Partner in valuable 3 year deal
Louth GAA are delighted to introduce Dundalk Credit Union as an official Community Partner, in a sponsorship deal that will deliver significantly increased investment in the Louth Development Squads and the DKIT Scholarship Program over the next 3 years. Louth GAA recognises the strong community focus, footprint and reputation that Dundalk Credit Union has in Dundalk and its surrounding areas, and with the financial and reputational support of Dundalk Credit Union continued investment in underage squad development and roll out of various programmes is assured. It is anticipated that over 200 Academy players annually, from all areas of Co. Louth, will benefit directly from the increased investment, by re-enforcing its commitment to high-quality training and development standards.
The community partnership deal will see increased investment in the underage Louth Development Squads (both hurling and football), and will also deliver increased funding to the Louth GAA/DKIT Scholarship program, over the next 3 years. Louth GAA currently operates development squads at U14, U15, U16 and U17 levels, in both hurling and football, and the investment in underage development is fundamental to the ambition held within the county to consistently compete at the highest level.
Dundalk Credit Union has a long and proud history of investing in and supporting the local community – over €500,000 has been contributed to community groups in sponsorship and support in the last 10 years. The selection of Dundalk Credit Union as community partner by Louth GAA gives Dundalk Credit Union the opportunity to not only expand its community support and investment program across County Louth but also to provide meaningful support to DKIT – the leading higher education provider in the North East of Ireland.
The importance of securing this substantial deal is that it secures the investment level in both the Development squads and the DKIT Scholarship program which is paramount to ensuring the level of commitment that has been previously placed in the Development squads can be continued.
Louth GAA County Board Chairperson Des Halpenny said “We are delighted to welcome Dundalk Credit Union into the Louth GAA family. Dundalk Credit Union, like ourselves has a strong community focus and occupies a prominent place in the Dundalk and surrounding areas. This is another good fit for Louth GAA, and demonstrates the continued commitment of our organisations to the Youth of the County and our communities”.
Dundalk Credit Union CEO Billy Doyle said “Dundalk Credit Union is delighted to take on this role as community partner of Louth GAA, and is committed to supporting young players, along with their parents and their communities, from all areas of the county to deliver and perform to their full potential”.
The partnership was formally announced at a reception held at the Louth GAA Centre of Excellence, Darver, Co. Louth on Thursday July 20th.
Colm Corrigan from LMFM hosted the evening and speakers included Mr. Des Halpenny, Chairperson Louth County Board , Mr. Tom D’Arcy Chairman, Mr. Frankie Watters, Chair of Strategy Committee and Mr. Billy Doyle, CEO all of Dundalk Credit Union, Paul Aspell, Louth GAA Coaching Officer, Colm Nally, Louth GAA Development Squad Football Coordinator and Derek Crilly, Sports & Societies Officer DkIT. The audience were provided with great insight and clarity on the commitment of both parties to the ongoing development of Louth GAA.
About Louth GAA:
Louth GAA is one of the 32 County Boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Louth including Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball. The GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the worlds greatest amateur sporting organisations.
About Dundalk Credit Union:
Dundalk Credit Union was founded in 1968 and is still driven by the core operating principles of meeting members’ social and economic needs in a manner that adds value to the community, promulgating the principles of economic democracy and financial inclusiveness, whilst contributing to the well-being of the common good in Dundalk and the surrounding areas.