12 clubs from Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal to take part in GAA’s Healthy Club project

GAA clubs in every county are this month embarking on a journey to explore how they can best support the health and wellbeing of their members and communities as the latest phase of the Healthy Club project gets underway.

Supported by Healthy Ireland, the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and Irish Life, the award-winning project aims to transform clubs into hubs for health in their communities. Over 300 volunteers from the 150 participating clubs will gather provincially this month to receive Healthy Club Officer training as they start their 18-month journey.

Almost 220 clubs applied to participate in the project, which first launched in 2013 with just 18 clubs participating. Asked about their motivation, many saw their club as best placed to tackle some of the challenges facing their communities. Primary issued noted include sedentary lifestyles amongst young and old, mental health and suicide, social isolation, engaging new Irish populations, and a desire to better support healthy eating. They are determined to be part of the solution.

The GAA already makes a significant contribution to the health of the population through the promotion and provision of Gaelic Games. Over the coming 18 months, the Healthy Clubs will seek to expand their positive influence beyond the playing field, and will implement policies, partnerships, and programmes designed to support the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of their communities.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan, commended all the clubs that applied for the Healthy Club Project and wished those selected every success on their journey.

He said: “The GAA Healthy Club project has been a hugh success to date and I’m delighted that it is moving onto its next phase, expanding and enhancing our positive reach in communities across the island.

“We believe we make a contribution to society through the medium of our games helping to keep people fit and healthy and all of this activity adds to that providing people with a healthy outlet that has benefits far removed from the playing fields. I wish all concerned every success.”

The GAA aims to make the Healthy Club project available to all interested clubs in 2020. To support this national scale-up, the coming two years will see considerable focus placed on increasing the capacity of the voluntary Health & Wellbeing Committees that operate at county level of the Association.

Waterford IT’s independent evaluation revealed that the Healthy Club project is showing significant and lasting improvements to the health of communities across Ireland2. Through the HCP over 12,000 people have benefitted from physical activity programmes and 50% of Healthy Clubs are now smoke-free zones. One thousand people have engaged with mental health and emotional wellbeing programmes and over half (55%) of Healthy Clubs delivered healthy eating programmes engaging hundreds of teenage boys and girls.

Kate O Flaherty, Head of the Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health says “The enthusiasm of so many clubs seeking to get involved in the Healthy Club Project demonstrates the success to date and the willingness of clubs to play their part in promoting health and wellbeing. The GAA Club, as the hub in many communities across Ireland is well placed to support the Healthy Ireland agenda in delivering positive health messages at local level.”

 Speaking on the partnership, Irish Life CEO, David Harney says “I am absolutely delighted that Irish Life are partnering the Healthy Clubs project for a further four years. We are all aware of the importance of a healthy nation, with the GAA being in the heart of every community in the land, they are well positioned to help deliver this goal. Irish Life is very much aligned with the aims of the Healthy Club project providing opportunities to develop physical, social, emotional and psychological health.”

There are numerous benefits to clubs that take part in the GAA HCP including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources, the potential to increase membership and broaden the volunteer base, better community engagement with club activities, improvements in health promoting activities, increased goodwill, and accessing new funding avenues.

For more information, visit: www.gaa.ie/community



1.       All Saints GAC Antrim Ulster
2.       Lámh Dhearg Antrim Ulster
3.       Ruairí Óg CLG Cushendall Antrim Ulster
4.       St Ergnat’s GAC Antrim Ulster
5.       St Joseph’s Glenavy Antrim Ulster
6.       St. Mary’s Rasharkin Antrim Ulster
7.       Carrickcruppen GFC Armagh Ulster
8.       Clann Éireann Armagh Ulster
9.       Naomh Mochua Derrynoose Armagh Ulster
10.   Culloville Blues Armagh Ulster
11.   Crosserlough GFC Cavan Ulster
12.   Kingscourt Stars Cavan Ulster
13.   Lacken Celtic Cavan Ulster
14.   Killygarry Cavan Ulster
15.   Cavan Gaels Cavan Ulster
16.   Robert Emmets Derry Ulster
17.   St. Martin’s GAC Derry Ulster
18.   Michael Davitt Derry Ulster
19.   Baile na Galloglach Donegal Ulster
20.   Buncranncha Donegal Ulster
21.   Four Masters Donegal Ulster
22.   St Eunan’s Donegal Ulster
23.   St Mary’s, Convoy Donegal Ulster
24.   Naomh Muire, Kincasslagh Donegal Ulster
25.   Ardglass GAC Down Ulster
26.   Ballycran GAC Down Ulster
27.   Bredagh GAC Down Ulster
28.   Clonduff Down Ulster
29.   St. Peters, Warrenpoint Down Ulster
30.   St. Johns Drumnaquoile Down Ulster
31.   Kinawley Brian Boru/St Mary’s Killesher Fermanagh Ulster
32.   Newtownbutler First Fermanaghs Fermanagh Ulster
33.   Derrygonnelly Harps Fermanagh Ulster
34.   Erne Gaels Fermanagh Ulster
35.   Gaeil Triucha CLG Monaghan Ulster
36.   Latton O’Rahilly Monaghan Ulster
37.   Castleblayney Faughs Monaghan Ulster
38.   Errigal Ciaran GAC Tyrone Ulster
39.   Gortin St Patrick’s Tyrone Ulster
40.   Naomh Mhic Artáin Ladies GFC Tyrone Ulster
41.   Greencastles Tyrone Ulster
42.   Omagh, St. Endas Tyrone Ulster
43.   C.L.G Cuar an Chlair Clare Munster
44.   Clarecastle GAA & Camogie Club Clare Munster
45.   Doonbeg Clare Munster
46.   St Joseph’s Doora Barefield Clare Munster
47.   Parteen Clare Munster
48.   Clonakilty Cork Munster
49.   Macroom Cork Munster
50.   Newtownshandrum Cork Munster
51.   Cobh Cork Munster
52.   Killeagh Cork Munster
53.   Castlehaven Cork Munster
54.   St. Finbarr’s Hurling & Football Club Cork Munster
55.   Midleton Cork Munster
56.   Ballydonoghue Kerry Munster
57.   Dr Crokes Kerry Munster
58.   Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club Kerry Munster
59.   Beaufort Kerry Munster
60.   Claughan Limerick Munster
61.   Galbally Limerick Munster
62.   Killeedy Limerick Munster
63.   Na Piarsaigh Limerick Munster
64.   Mungret’s St. Pauls Limerick Munster
65.   Lorrha & Dorrha Tipperary Munster
66.   Tulach Sheasta Tipperary Munster
67.   JK Brackens Tipperary Munster
68.   Fr. Sheehys Tipperary Munster
69.   Nenagh Éire Óg Tipperary Munster
70.   An Rinn Waterford Munster
71.   Dún na Mainistreach/Baile na Cúirte Waterford Munster
72.   Brickey Rangers Waterford Munster
73.   Palatine Carlow Leinster
74.   Mount Leinster Rangers Carlow Leinster
75.   Ballyboden St. Enda’s Dublin Leinster
76.   Ballyboughal GFC Dublin Leinster
77.   Beann Eadair Dublin Leinster
78.   Lucan Sarsfields Dublin Leinster
79.   Naomh Olaf CLG Dublin Leinster
80.   O’Dwyers Dublin Leinster
81.   Ranelagh Gaels Dublin Leinster
82.   Scoil Uí Chonaill Dublin Leinster
83.   Skerries Harps Dublin Leinster
84.   St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Rudagh Dublin Leinster
85.   St. Sylvester’s Dublin Leinster
86.   Kilmacud Crokes Dublin Leinster
87.   Raheny Dublin Leinster
88.   Good Counsel Dublin Leinster
89.   Craobh Chiarain Dublin Leinster
90.   Thomas Davis Dublin Leinster
91.   Robertstown GFC Kildare Leinster
92.   St Mary’s Kildare Leinster
93.   St. Laurence’s Kildare Leinster
94.   Castlemitchell Kildare Leinster
95.   Conahy Shamrocks Kilkenny Leinster
96.   Thomastown Kilkenny Leinster
97.   Clara Kilkenny Leinster
98.   Annanough Laois Leinster
99.   Clonad Laois Leinster
100.                        Emmet Óg Killoe Longford Leinster
101.                        Dromard Longford Leinster
102.                        Clan Na Gael GFC Louth Leinster
103.                        John Mitchels Louth Leinster
104.                        Naomh Mairtin CPG Louth Leinster
105.                        St. Kevin’s Louth Leinster
106.                        CLG Rath Tó Meath Leinster
107.                        Dunderry Meath Leinster
108.                        Na Fianna Meath Leinster
109.                        Navan O’Mahony’s Meath Leinster
110.                        Syddan Meath Leinster
111.                        Kiltale Meath Leinster
112.                        St. Colmcille’s Meath Leinster
113.                        Coolderry Offaly Leinster
114.                        Tubber Offaly Leinster
115.                        Crookedwood Westmeath Leinster
116.                        Lough Lene Gaels Westmeath Leinster
117.                        Mullingar Shamrocks GAA Club Westmeath Leinster
118.                        St. Loman’s Mullingar Westmeath Leinster
119.                        Ballynacgary Westmeath Leinster
120.                        Oulart The Ballagh Wexford Leinster
121.                        St. Martin’s Wexford Leinster
122.                        Castletown Liam Mellows Wexford Leinster
123.                        St. John’s Volunteers Wexford Leinster
124.                        Enniskerry Wicklow Leinster
125.                        Bray Emmets Wicklow Leinster
126.                        Annacurra Wicklow Leinster
127.                        Caherlistrane Galway Connacht
128.                        Castlegar Galway Connacht
129.                        Claregalway Galway Connacht
130.                        Clarinbridge Galway Connacht
131.                        Cumann Naomh Mhuire CLG Ard Rathan Galway Connacht
132.                        Ballindeereen Galway Connacht
133.                        Annaduff Leitrim Connacht
134.                        Glencar/Manorhamilton Leitrim Connacht
135.                        Melvin Gaels Leitrim Connacht
136.                        Breaffy Mayo Connacht
137.                        Castlebar Mitchels Mayo Connacht
138.                        Clg Thuar Mhic Eadaigh Mayo Connacht
139.                        Davitts Mayo Connacht
140.                        Aghamore Mayo Connacht
141.                        Achill Mayo Connacht
142.                        Clann Na nGael Roscommon Connacht
143.                        St. Brigid’s (Craobh Cumann Naomh Bríd) Roscommon Connacht
144.                        St. Croan’s Roscommon Connacht
145.                        St. Aidans Roscommon Connacht
146.                        Oran GAA Roscommon Connacht
147.                        St John’s Sligo Connacht
148.                        St Molaise Gaels Sligo Connacht
149.                        St. Michaels Sligo Connacht
150.                        Eastern Harps Sligo Connacht