Award of European Citizen's Prize to GAA, Friday 11 October, Croke Park
Today, the Gaelic Athletic Association, one of the winners of the European Citizen's Prize 2013 was presented with the award medal by Seán Kelly MEP at Croke Park. Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill accepted the Prize on behalf of the GAA in light of the Association’s role in promoting enhanced mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens.
The GAA was nominated by Seán Kelly MEP, a former President of the Association who also cited the Association’s facilitation of cross border or transnational co-operation within the EU.
Today’s presentation was made at Croke Park in the company of pupils from Holy Trinity National School, Donaghamede in Dublin, who play Gaelic games.
Seán Kelly MEP said: “It is of enormous credit to the GAA that it is the first ever Irish winner of the European Citizens' Prize. It not only reflects the great contribution the GAA has made to the Peace Process but it also underlines the massive growth of Gaelic Games on Continental Europe, where they are truly becoming European Games."
The GAA President said: “It is a great honour to be acknowledged by the European Union in this way and the presentation offers further recognition of the role of the GAA in Irish society – and indeed further afield.
“Given the reach of the Association we have a role to play in bringing people together through the medium of our games and culture and it is a responsibility we are more than happy to undertake.
“I would like to thank our Iar-Uachatarán Séan Kelly MEP for nominating the GAA and I accept this award on behalf of the wider membership whose collective efforts make the Association what it is.”