Sixmilebridge clubman Davy Fitzgerald has reportedly extended his stay at Clare GAA – last year his club was awarded with €10,000 through the Liberty Insurance GAA Club Offer.
The competition was designed to give GAA supporters the opportunity to make a real difference in their local club and community by simply getting a quote from Liberty Insurance. The Clare club put its money to good use by promoting its school games and developing playing facilities.
“For our club to continue to be successful and have ambition to win county titles in the future, we decided to spend part of our prize money employing coaches in our schools,” said Joan Keogh, Secretary-Treasurer of the club.
Four hurling coaches were employed for Sixmilebridge School and Kilmurry School, and this had a direct impact on the school’s success. The benefit of this coaching was rewarded with successful wins throughout the year.
The Sixmilebridge National School won the primary schools division 1 hurling county final. The under 14s recently won the Féile na nGael tournament.
New opportunities were given to all students – hurling helmets and hurling balls for the schools enabled every pupil to participle in their games.
At the start of 2014, the club ran a very successful parish league with over 120 players taking part. Five teams were selected to represent different areas of the parish with the top two teams to play in the final.
In 2014 the club aims to have four adult teams representing the club in different grades in the Clare Hurling Championship.
“It was a great honour for the club in 2013 when Chloe Morey won an All-Star Award, being only the second girl in Clare to achieve this,” added Keogh.
Now, the club are in the process of purchasing an area of ground beside our hurling field to develop and improve the playing pitches.
“A portion of the prize money was used to cover the initial cost with the planning authority. We hope to be in a position to complete this sale and develop the ground over a few years,” said Keogh.
Liberty Insurance wish Sixmilebridge Club the best of luck in the continued development of its club.