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27-05-2013

GAA nominated for the European Citizen's Prize 2013

The Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael was nominated for the European Citizen's Prize 2013 by Sean Kelly MEP. A national jury, made up of Phil Prendergast MEP, Marian Harkin MEP and Gay Mitchell MEP endorsed the nomination.

Since 2008, the prize has been awarded to citizens or organisations having contributed to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU.  The European laureates will be selected by the Chancellery in Brussels in June.

The Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is a 32 county sporting and cultural organisation that has a presence on all five continents. It is Ireland's largest sporting organisation and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today. The GAA is a volunteer led, community based organisation that promotes Gaelic games such as Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders and works with sister organisations to promote Ladies Football and Camogie. It is part of the Irish consciousness and plays an influential role in Irish society that extends far beyond the basic aim of promoting Gaelic games.

A Chancellery in Brussels, chaired by Vice-President Anni Podimata (S&D, EL), will select this year's maximum 50 European laureates in June. The winners will receive a medal of honour and will be invited to a joint event in Brussels in October.

Contact

Catherine BUNYAN
Press Officer
European Parliament Office in Ireland
Tel (+353) 1 605 7932
Tel (+33) 3 881 74828 (STR)
Mobile (+353) 86 855 9423
catherine.bunyan@ep.europa.eu

Further information on the European Citizen's PrizeLink to GAA website