The chattering classes seem to have just recently happened on what they call ‘Crowd Funding’. But in the GAA it’s underpinned our existences across the generations.
Our new Hub at Gortacladdy is no different, with the bulk of its funding coming from people in Kildress, from every part of Gaelic Tyrone, from every County in Ireland and even from right around the world.
To celebrate and mark that massive support, we’re going to include a special feature at Gortacladdy. It’s simple but very significant – a stone from every townland in Kildress, one from every Gaelic Club ground in Tyrone and one from a major GAA venue in every County in Ireland.
All have been hand-collected and are totally authentic.
And we’re still thinking of an important location or two to add in. At the minute our position is:
Aghaloo O’Neills, Aghaloo Grounds | Aghyaran St Davogs, Michael Dolan Park | An Charraig Mhor Naomh Colmcille, Páirc Naomh Colmcille | Ardboe O’Donovan Rossa, Michael Coney Park | Augher St Macartans, Fr Patrick Hackett Park | Beragh Red Knights, St Marys Park | Brackaville Owen Roes, Patrick O’Brien Park | Brocagh Emmets, Fr McGeough Park | Castlederg St Eugenes, Marius McHugh Park | Clann na nGael, O’Connell Park | Clogher Eire Og, St Patrick’s Park | Clonoe O’Rahillys, O’Rahilly Park | Coalisland Fianna, Fr Peter Campbell Park | Cookstown Fr Rocks, Paddy Cullen Park | Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys, Pairc Dhoire Lochain | Derrytresk Fir an Chnoic, Derrytresk Grounds | Donaghmore St Patricks, Fr Éamon Devlin Park | Dregish Pearse Og, Dregish Grounds | Dromore St Dympnas, Gardrum Park | Drumquin Wolfe Tones, McGirr Park | Drumragh Sarsfields, Clanabogan | Dungannon Thomas Clarkes, O’Neill Park | Edendork St Malachys, Páirc Arthur Mallon | Eglish St Patricks, Fr Connolly Park | Éire Óg, An Carraig Mhor, Éire Óg Grounds | Eoghan Ruadh, Dun Geanain, Eoghain Ruadh Grounds | Errigal Ciaran, Cardinal MacRory Park | Eskra Emmets, Emmet Park | Fintona Pearses, St Laurence’s Park | Galbally Pearses, Pearse Park | Glenelly St Josephs, Glenelly GAA Grounds | Gortin St Patricks, Gortin Grounds | Greencastle St Patricks, Greencastle Grounds | Kildress Wolfe Tones, Peter Tierney Park | Killeeshil St Marys, St Mary’s Park | Killyclogher St Marys, Ballinamullan | Killyman St Marys, St Marys Park | Loughmacrory St Teresas, Páirc an Locha | Moortown St Malachys, PT Tobin Memorial Park | Moy Tír na nÓg, Páirc Thír na nÓg | Naomh Colmcille, Páirc Chlochóg | Newtownstewart St Eugenes, Páirc Naomh Eoghan | Omagh St Endas, Healy Park | Owen Roe O’Neills, Leckpatrick, Páirc an Ghleanna | Pomeroy Plunketts, Plunkett Park | Rock St Patricks, Páirc Naomh Padraig | Stewartstown Harps, Mullaghmoyle | Strabane Sigersons, Páirc Mhic Síoghair | Tattyreagh St Patricks, Darcy Park | Trillick St Macartans, Donnelly Park | Urney St Columbas.
Our project has involved us collecting stones as follows: Antrim, Dunsilly County Centre | Armagh, The Athletic Grounds | Carlow, Dr Cullen Park | Cavan, Breffni Park | Clare, Cusack Park | Cork, To follow | Derry, Owenbeg County Centre | Donegal, Convoy County Centre | Down, Pairc Esler | Dublin, Parnell Park | Fermanagh, Lissan County Centre | Galway, Tuam Stadium | Kerry, Fitzgerald Stadium | Kildare, St Conleth’s Park | Kilkenny, Nolan Park | Laois, O’Moore Park | Leitrim, Pairc Mac Diarmada | Limerick, To follow | Longford, Pearse Park | Louth, Darver County Centre | Mayo, McHale Park | Meath, To follow | Monaghan, Cloghan County Centre | Offaly, To follow | Roscommon, Hyde Park | Sligo, Scarden County Centre | Tipperary, Semple Stadium | Tyrone, Garvaghey Centre | Waterford, Walsh Park | Westmeath, Cusack Park | Wexford, Wexford Park | Wicklow, Ballinakill County Centre.
And to that spread across Gaelic Ireland, we’ve also added in stones from Casement Park, Clones, the Connacht Provincial Centre at Bekan, Cnoc Mhuire and Croke Park.