Ferrybank AFC are a Waterford based Football club providing training and sport initiatives to a range of athletes across their various teams. As Darragh Did is delighted to support their Sockatots team in funding training gear for players and coaches as part of this growing initiative.
To learn more about Ferrybank AFC, visit their Facebook page.
Sunshiny Days are a volunteer run youth club who organise weekly activities for local children in the Finglas & Ballymun area of Dublin. As Darragh Did is helping them with a project designed to positively integrate all children into the club, involving the Dublin Circus Group.
Learn more about Sunshiny Days Youth Club here.
Belmullet Swimming Club is a voluntary group who organise water safety and swimming lessons at Belmullet Tidal Pool. As Darragh Did is supporting the club to train life guards and swim teachers so that they can gain more members. As a non-competitive swimming club, the emphasis is on providing valuable life water based life skills, encouraging friendships and providing a social outlet for all families in the area.
Learn more about Belmullet Swimming Club here.
As Darragh Did is delighted to support this theatre group for children aged 8-15, giving them an opportunity to express themselves through music, comedy, drama, and dance. Our support will help Rainbow Theatre Group increase participation backstage with workshops and materials to teach current and new volunteers the skills of set construction, and making props and costumes. The show must go on!
Learn more about the Rainbow Theatre Group Letterkenny here.
The Ballinasloe Town Band have a long and proud history in their town. As Darragh Did’s support for instrumentation will help them to continue to grow their membership, bringing the community together in making and listening to music.
Learn more about Ballinasloe Town Band here.
We are delighted to help Castlebar Celtic Football Club start their Mini Hoops team for boys and girls aged 4-6 and we will be cheering on the boys and girls in their as Darragh Did tops as they start to play football. We look forward to joining the parents on the sidelines to see the Mini Hoops in action and to seeing some of the parents get involved in the club too.
Learn more about Castlebar Celtic here.
The village of Doochary is a located in Donegal’s Gaeltacht. As Darragh Did is delighted to support the village’s development group initiative to create an intergenerational community participatory event celebrating Doochary’s proud history and which will be the foundation for future community based participation.
Learn more about Doochary Development Group here.
Learning to play music brings an array of benefits that extend way beyond the music room. As Darragh Did is delighted to support the Leixlip Community Band grow the number of people in the band and in the colour guards by providing them with funding for publicity and equipment for a growing band.
This club based in Mullingar offers services 5 days a week to make sure the senior citizens in Westmeath have plenty to participate in and will never feel isolated or lonely.
With Covid restrictions lifted, As Darragh Did is helping them with a celebratory open day for existing club members and to spread the word far and wide to older people in the vicinity that their active retirement club is there for them with range of educational and social activities.
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.
Learn more about the club here.
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.
Learn more about Wanderers GAA Club here.
As Darragh Did is delighted to support the Carraigh Na bhFear Swimming Pool with the purchase of pool equipment for the upcoming summer season. We hope this equipment will allow more children the opportunity to be involved in swimming. We are recognising the health & confidence along with the safety aspects of learning and practising swimming.
The community managed outdoor swimming pool is based in Co. Cork, and has been a huge benefit to the surrounding locale and its residents. To learn more about Carraigh Na bhFear Swimming Pool, click here.
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 delighted to support this worthwhile initiative in helping cover communication costs to let more families across the country know about them.
To learn more, visit their website.
As Darragh Did is proud to support the Mullingar Town Band in providing funding for additional instruments. This community group has a long history for young people in the town of Mullingar. In an effort to widen their impact and support, they have worked to find a way for adults to be part of the band community, and to have an outlet. We hope the securement of these additional instruments will continue to do provide a meaningful activity for all.
Learn more about them here.
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.
Learn more about what Ray Community Centre does here.
As Darragh Did is delighted to support the club in their goal to 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.
Learn more about Maynooth GAA and Handball club here.
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.
Learn more about Church Hill Community Group here.
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.
Learn more about Swilly Seals here.
The As Darragh Did funding has benefited the organisation to fund the provision to members of the chance to learn valuable skills thus enabling and promoting future employment and independent living. This allows for more inclusion and participation of the members in the community.
Learn more about Donegal Down syndrome here.
This GAA club has a group of girls and boys under 7 starting to learn hurling. They have encouraged participation, especially among girls, to such an extent that has caused a shortage in equipment and jerseys for the children. As Darragh Did has helped them to purchase equipment and jerseys so that they could continue to invest in bringing children into the club.
Learn more about Kill GAA club here.
This club’s ability to increase participation was hampered by a lack of volunteers to take classes. As Darragh Did’s funding will be invested by the club in upskilling volunteers, which in turn will allow them to increase membership, reach out to a new and diverse membership, and allow a new beginners class to start.
We are delighted to support this community based project. Learn more about this group here.
Based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Conwal Tota Parents and Toddler Group is dedicated to providing parents and children an integrated support network.
As Darragh did is delighted to help them build their membership- especially from the families in the Letterkenny direct provision centre and new families to the area. One way they are using our funding to do this is through art because language barriers that can impede positive integration are not as pronounced through the medium of art.
Learn more about this initiative here.
The Haven Hub is a suicide prevention group based in Limerick City. As Darragh Did is supporting this organisation by helping them establish a ‘young men’s shed’ where young men would have an opportunity to come together to support each other in activities that do not involve alcohol or a party atmosphere. The men’s shed concept works well for men, but their typical activities do not attract a lot of younger males. We are hopeful this project will provide much-needed support to a younger cohort.
Learn more about this project here.
Based in Mooncoin, Kilkenny, Ashgrove Pitch and Putt Club wants to increase the number of young people playing pitch and putt. As Darragh Did’s funding will be used to draw young people in by buying clubs and balls, providing training for those new to the game and retaining interest by running small competitions during school holidays.
Learn more about this organisation here.
The club are based in Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo- one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country. Ballyhaunis GAA has been recognised for its proactive stance in embracing diversity, for example through financial support for equipment and transport to bespoke training camps for non-national children and their parents including those in the local direct provision centre . We are helping them to continue leading by example in positive integration by sponsoring jerseys for new under-age teams.
Learn more about their initiatives here.
As Darragh did is helping Aodh Ruadgh GAA Club build on their recent ‘give it a go’ sessions with a particular focus on the 4-11 age groups and to encouraging girls to try football and camoige.
They are using our funding for equipment and further support of their programming. Learn more about Aodh Ruadgh GAA Club here.