Sporting excellence is always valued in the GAA, and while it’s a desirable trait for individual teams to possess, it’s by no means the be-all and end-all for our organisation’s clubs.
A strong voluntary ethos and community participation have always been ingrained in the fabric of Naomh Mearnóg since its inception. As part of the official manual on Culture and Heritage in the GAA Club, each club is encouraged to promote its unique culture and heritage and use them as a means to stimulate a broader, more collective involvement in the local area.
A prominent part of these guidelines is the Scór initiative, of which Naomh Mearnóg is a proud participant. A project that’s been nurtured by a band of committed individuals, our Scór group play an important role in showcasing a revitalised traditional music scene locally, while also broadcasting the message that a pair of boots aren’t a necessity for getting involved in club life.
As a growing club, we strive to provide an enjoyable and supportive environment for all those willing to partake in our social activities. The club bar is always a hub of activity throughout the week, hosting various games and music sessions, while the downstairs hall and gym cater for a wide cross-section of otherwise non-affiliated locals who make use of our prized facilities.
On the playing side, the generous efforts of all coaches and mentors from juvenile teams, to special needs coaching and indeed adult games form a vital part of the voluntary ethos that makes our association so great. It’s a dedication which provides an example for the players, whose efforts would in turn be in vein if it weren’t for the ongoing commitment of our Groundforce team who kindly tend the turf (and much more aside) year-round to keep our pitch complex looking immaculate.
So, as you can see, literally from the grass up we’re a club that encompasses far more than the sum of our sporting exploits. Community matters for us, and as part of a progressive organisation we hope to continue to thrive and prosper, and meet the needs of the population of Portmarnock as we develop.