DARD Minister Michelle O Neill visited Kickhams GAC club rooms in Creggan recently.
After a special presentation from the club committee she was then given a complete tour of the club premises by club chairperson Tony Mc Collum.
Minister Ó Neill’s visit was organised and facilitated by Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney, who previously played both football and hurling for the club.
The main focus of the evening’s proceedings was a comprehensive presentation from committee members on Kickham’s current programme of work and future plans.
Declan Kearney said: “The achievements by Kickhams both on and off the sporting field in recent years have been amazing. In the New Year the club looks forward to what we all hope will be further success in the All Ireland intermediate club semi final stage.
“The committee also has big ambitions for how the club can continue to grow as the central hub of local community life. Tony and his team provided us with a fantastic vision for the future in Creggan.”
Minister O Neill said she was very extremely impressed with the club’s facilities and praised the committee on the professionalism of its presentation.
She said: “Kickhams obviously set high standards as a club. This has shone through in the quality of their presentation.”
A detailed discussion took place between members of the club committee, Minister O Neill, Declan Kearney and Party colleague, local Councillor Henry Cushinan, about how best to maximise future funding opportunities.
Declan Kearney added: “Even though competition for funding is very intense Kickhams is very well positioned to continue being successful.
“Kickhams, Creggan is a club which reflects all that is best about the GAA’s role in community life, and because of that I believe it is certain that the club will to continue growing in strength and stature.”