Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly has called on the Gaelic Athletic Association to purchase the Association’s historic birthplace, Hayes Hotel in Thurles.
The call from Mr Kelly, a former President of the GAA, follows recent developments which have seen the iconic hotel being placed into receivership.
“I have called in the past for the Association to purchase this historic building and I have written to GAA President Liam O’Neill, Director General Páraic Duffy, and the Munster Council urging them to act on gaining ownership of this historic site.
“The GAA should consider the opportunity to acquire the iconic building in which the Association was founded.
“As an organisation we are rightly proud of our roots and our history, and no place, with the possible exception of Croke Park, is more central to the narrative of the GAA that Hayes’ Hotel.
“It is only right that we protect the very building where Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, John Bracken, George McCarthy, PJ Ryan, John Wise-Power, and John McKay founded our great Association in 1884.
“It is incumbent upon the GAA to act decisively in gaining ownership of this invaluable, intrinsic part of our history in order to protect, cherish, and celebrate the heritage of the GAA and the central role Thurles has played in it,” Mr Kelly concluded.