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The GAA Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2009 -2015 introduced an Inclusion and Integration Strategy to its membership. Naomh Mearnóg, through its forward thinking, was well ahead of its time in this regard, with the setting up of a Special Needs programme here in Portmarnock back in 2006. The completion of our all-weather facility provided an ideal, safe and secure area to locate this programme and it is here that we train and play our games.
We hold two sessions per week: Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm and Saturday mornings from 9.45am to 10.45am.
We cater for a variety of individuals with intellectual disabilities who have a range of needs. Our aim is to introduce Gaelic games in a fun, non-competitive way to persons of all abilities. Fresh air, exercise, friendships and enjoyment is the order of the day.
Being part of a team, a club, and the wider GAA community is a key element behind special needs participation. The decision of our Club Executive to bestow club membership on our special needs players confirms our commitment to inclusion and integration.
We are always looking for new coaches.
Coaches and points of contact:
Principal contact, Mick Kissane 086 0597329
Andrew Crean- Lynch 086 8303531
Gerry Noble 086 3843129
Tom O’Sullivan 087 6863088
Aisling Gogarty 01 8461626