We are very grateful for the donation from As Darragh Did. We are delighted that Andrew has chosen to help us to keep new interest in the Club and help us to get more people from the local community involved. The last year has been hard for the Club as our players were unable to get any training or games. As a rural Club competing with other sports, we have to work hard to keep our players interested in Basketball. The donation from As Darragh Did towards training kit for our u8 and u10 age groups will help with the retention and promotion of the club in the area. This also allows us to introduce new players into the club and they can feel more a part of it with the provision of club kit.
We are open to new members and volunteers. In the spirit of Darragh McGinley, please get involved …. As Darragh did. We are forever grateful and Darragh will always be remembered fondly by all at Donegal Town Basketball Club.
Note from Wanderers GAA Club, Ballyboden – Under 8 Girls Camogie Mentor Karen White
Wanderers GAA Club, Ballyboden is a small local rural club in the parish of Ballyboden. Our home ground is in Frank Kelly Park, Mount Venus Road, Dublin 16 in the heart of the Dublin Mountains.
Our club is over 100 years old but we are about to field our first ever Camogie team and we are humbled and honoured to receive support from As Darragh Did. To be one of the first recipients of sponsorship from As Darragh Did is very exciting for our club and we cannot wait to get our hands on the jerseys and for the girls tog out in them proudly with the As Darragh Did logo on the front.
Our Camogie girls are between 6 and 8 years old and the synergy and symbolism of the As Darragh Did sponsorship is something that is very much recognised by the girls mentors and parents.
We are so excited for our first match and we hope that Andrew will be able to make it to Frank Kelly Park for our first run out.
The Autism Supporting Diversity Group are based in Limerick and are a group who provide socially inclusive activities for people with autism and their families. As Darragh Did is helping towards communication costs to let more families across the country know about them
A key community group with a long history for young people in the town of Mullingar. They wanted to find a way for adults to be part of the band community, and to have an outlet. We are helping them with instruments for a newly established Community Concert Band
Strong community centre who wanted to do more to include people in the community with physical and neurological disabilities in their activities. As Darragh Did is helping them with equipping an inclusive outdoor area with accessible swings for people with mobility issues, seating, and a sensory den to support children who are neurologically diverse so that everyone can enjoy the space together.
As Darragh Did is enabling the club to get a handball into as many children’s hands as possible so that when they open their new courts, everyone will have a chance to participate in a sport for free.
In Maynooth, there is a number of mature players, most of whom have had great success in external competitions. They also run highly competitive games among themselves and friends who play in other clubs nearby. It is hoped to expand the juvenile section of the Handball club in the coming months. The funds from As Darragh Did will help with this.
The funding will allow the Group to further develop this project and reach out to the areas pre-schools, primary schools, youth groups, elderly group and many others within their community and beyond. It has funded the purchase of sporting and other equipment for use, free of charge, by users of the park and diverse groups. It allows and facilitates the Group to organise the holding of fun informal and formal events for all ages and all abilities, thereby increasing participation and working against exclusion. It has brought the community together to celebrate fun “active” activities in a safe and neutral setting.
As a club Swilly Seals have a number of swimmers with disabilities and the As Darragh Did funding allows them to give these swimmers additional training to meet their needs. Additional training means that their swimmers can represent our club when competing against other swimming clubs with swimmers at the same level.
Rosses Community School will be creating a safe and calming sensory room environment for our Croi students (ASD) with additional needs by means of a multi sensory room. This room will be of untold benefit to the students in our community and their families all allow all students to participate in a collaborative sensory space in the school which will decrease negative behaviours and improve student engagement.
The Sensory room benefits/activities would include: Calming effects, Stimulation, Socialization, Improved focus, Motor Skills development, Cognitive Development, Sensory Development.