Desmonds Ladies Thank Gaelscoil Aogáin for Partnership on Day Care Centre Visit

Representatives of Castleisland Desmonds Ladies Gaelic Football Club; Gaelscoil Aogáin and Castleisland Day Care Centre gathered on a very special day for all concerned. Front from left: Aoibhín Ní Chearnaigh, Zoe de Búrca, Isabel Ní hAragáin, Ayla Ní hAragin, Chloe Ní Laighin, Rebecca Ni Donnchú, Laura Ní Curtáin agus Cara Ní hArgáin. Seated from left: Peggy Brosnan, Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club; Helen Pembroke, Paddy Joe Murphy, Peg Cahill, Kathleen Meeley, Imelda Brosnan, Rita McCarthy and Mary Geaney, Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club. Back from left: Micheál Ó Ciardubháin and Mairan O’Connor, Gaelscoil Aogáin; Leah Nic Charthaigh, Jessie Ní hArgáin, Mia Nic Gabhann, Saoirse Mag Aoidh, Ruth Ní Pléamonn, J.J. Broderick, Castleisland Day Care Centre; Lily Ní Sheanacháin, Eibhlín Ní Chiardubháin, Casey Ní Chatháin-Ní Mhurchú, Kayla Ní Cheallaigh, Margaret Gee, Castleisland Desmonds Ladies Club and Pat Hartnett, Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club. ©Photograph: John Reidy  

Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club was selected from clubs in Kerry to take part in the LIDL promoted One Good Club programme.

In turn, the Desmonds ladies partnered with Gaelscoil Aogáin recently to provide their young members and pupils, respectively, with a truly unique experience and opportunity.

“We wanted our young club members to experience something completely different in a situation where they were not expected to entertain but to connect, to talk, to listen and have fun when we visited Castleisland Day Care Centre recently,” said Mary Geaney. Desmonds Ladies GAA Club.

“We gave them some guided questions and then allowed them the freedom to come up with their own.

A Question That Amazed

“What was your favourite game in school”, “Who was your best friend” – and the one that amazed the children most was “At what age did you finish school,” said Mary.

As you read this post, maybe reflect on your own school life. Where are your school friends now? Maybe it’s time to reconnect? – the club urged as part of its involvement in the Lidl One Good Club programme.

“What games did you play – maybe play these at home with your own children?

“Everyone enjoyed the Bingo during the visit to the centre and it was part of our Five-a-Day Connect as part of the One Good Club programme,” Mary explained.

One Good Club Programme

Lidl One Good Club, in association with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw, is an initiative that provides LGFA clubs around the country with the opportunity to support its younger members by engaging in activities that promotes positive mental health and well-being.

In addition, the programme is designed to provide opportunities to involve and interact with members of their wider community in promoting positive mental health and enabling them to support young people throughout the locality and county.

Nominations are welcomed from all registered LGFA clubs with one club from each county selected for participation in the programme.

Club Benefit from Taking Part?

Increase awareness of mental health issues across the LGFA community;  Increase knowledge in your club of how to promote positive youth mental health using the five-a-day for your mental health’ framework;  Enable your club to respond more effectively to the mental health needs of members;  Increase awareness of your local Jigsaw service;  Build improved links with your community;  Create an improved culture around mental health in your club;  Secure official Lidl One Good Club™ accreditation for your club.  Participating clubs will also receive new jerseys.

Accreditation and Prizes

Once each club has completed the five stages of the programme, they will be awarded with a plaque for their clubhouse to confirm that they are an official One Good Club while also receiving new jerseys.

In addition to these awards, there are three cash prizes up for grabs to reward the following: Most Innovative Initiative prize €2,500; Strongest Community Involvement prize €2,500 and Best Overall Engagement prize €5,000.

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