Lattin Cullen GAA Club has received a major boost as Ulster Bank announced the winners of ‘Ulster Bank GAA Force’ – a major club focused initiative supporting local GAA clubs by giving them the opportunity to refurbish and upgrade their facilities. Ulster Bank GAA Force was introduced this summer to coincide with Ulster Bank’s sponsorship of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championships.
Lattin Cullen GAA Club was awarded a support package worth €5,000 as one of four provincial runners-up in the initiative. The club is in its sixty second year of existence and plays an important role in the community including catering for funerals for free for locals. The support package will help the club undertake a host of improvements from getting wheels to move small goal posts for Blitzes, update the kitchen with a microwave and a dishwasher, give the place a good lick of paint throughout and purchase a Burko Boiler and making it a better facility for all involved.
Club chairperson Siobhan O’Donnell said: “Lattin Cullen GAA Club has been at the heart of this community since the day it opened its gates. We are all truly delighted and overwhelmed to have been awarded an Ulster Bank GAA Force support package. This support package will help us complete our clubhouse renovation. Aside from its importance to the club, the clubhouse plays an extremely important role in this community. It is used for community games, card playing, Irish dancing club meetings and Christmas parties.”
Ulster Bank Senior Manager, South Midlands Business Centre, Michael Ryan, said: “This is the first time an initiative like this has been set up across the country and it has proved to be a massive success. 378 GAA clubs across the country entered the initiative, 96 of which were Munster based clubs. GAA clubs across the country have been struggling to maintain and improve facilities in recent years due to funding difficulties and Ulster Bank GAA Force is playing a role in providing a helpful hand by bringing the community together to get behind their local club. I am delighted to present this support package to Lattin Cullen GAA Club and I wish them every success in the future.”