[Watch] Mickey Harte Praises GAA Healthy Clubs Initiative

Mickey Harte

Former Tyrone GAA football manager, Mickey Harte spoke about the GAA’s Healthy Clubs initiative at an event in The Loughrea Hotel & Spa last Tuesday, 14th November.

The evening was hosted by Baireori na Gaillimhe and also featuring Darren Frehill, Michael Donohue, Kevin Walsh, Mary Moloney, Laura Sheehan and Jeffrey Lynskey

The Galway Eye was at the event and recorded some of Micky’s poignant (and at times hilarious) speech – watch below…

The GAA recently awarded 58 exemplary clubs (at least one in each county) with Official ‘Healthy Club’ status. Over the last number of years these clubs have participated in the GAA’s flagship Healthy Clubs pilot programme which is backed by Irish Life and Healthy Ireland. This involved supporting clubs to make their club more health-enhancing through a variety of health and well-being initiatives including healthy eating, becoming a smoke-free club, physical activity for non-playing members, engaging older members of the community, emotional wellbeing, youth development, gambling, drug, and alcohol education and inclusion and integration.

The impact on the clubs has been transformative in terms of improvements in health promoting activities, better opportunity to link the local community with club activities, increased membership and opening up new funding avenues all the while enhancing the health of their communities and ensuring a healthier future for everyone who engages with their club.

Healthy Club Recognition Day - Group Shot

GAA Healthy Club Recognition Day – Group Shot

The following clubs are among the first clubs in the association to receive official Healthy Club Recognition (2018- 2020) following successful completion in the GAA Healthy Club Project (HCP):


Ballinderreen GAA Club, Galway
Melvin Gaels GAA Club  Leitrim
Aghamore GAA Club  Mayo
Achill GAA Club  Mayo
St. Michael’s GAA Club  Sligo
Eastern Harps GAA Club  Sligo
St. Aidan’s GAA Club  Roscommon
Oran GAA Club  Roscommon


Mount Leinster Rangers GAA Club Carlow
Clara GAA Kilkenny
Dromard GAA Club  Longford
Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Club  Wexford
St. John’s Volunteers GAA Club  Wexford
St. Kevin’s GAA Club  Louth
Bray Emmets GAA Club  Wicklow
Annacurra GAA Club Wicklow
St. Loman’s Mullingar GAA Club  Westmeath
Ballynacargy GAA  Westmeath
Tubber GAA Club  Offaly
Clonad GAA Club  Laois
Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club Dublin
Raheny GAA Club  Dublin
Good Counsel GAA & Camogie Club  Dublin
Craobh Chiaráin GAA Club  Dublin
Thomas Davis GAA Club  Dublin
Castlemitchell GFC  Kildare
Kiltale Hurling & Camogie Club  Meath
St. Colmcille’s GAA Club  Meath


An Caisléan Glas Cumann Naoimh Padraig  Tyrone
Omagh, St. Enda’s GAA Club  Tyrone
Castleblayney Faughs GFC  Monaghan
Derrygonnelly Harps GFC  Fermanagh
Erne Gaels GAC  Fermanagh
Clonduff GAC  Down
St. Peter’s GAA Club Warrenpoint  Down
St. Johns GAA Club Drumnaquoile  Down
Michael Davitt GAC Swatragh  Derry
Killygarry GAA Club  Cavan
Cavan Gaels GAA Club  Cavan
St Joseph’s GAC Glenavy  Antrim
St. Mary’s GAC Rasharkin  Antrim
Naomh Mochua Doire Núis GAA Club  Armagh
Culloville Blues GAC  Armagh
St Mary’s GAA Club, Convoy  Donegal
CLG Naomh Muire, Íochtar Na Rossan  Donegal


Killeagh GAA Club  Cork
Castlehaven GAA Club  Cork
St. Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club  Cork
Midleton Hurling & Football Club  Cork
JK Bracken’s GAA Club  Tipperary
Fr. Sheehy’s GAA Club  Tipperary
Nenagh Éire Óg GAA Club  Tipperary
Na Piarsaigh GAA Club  Limerick
Mungret St. Paul’s GAA Club  Limerick
Parteen GAA Club  Clare
Tralee Parnell’s Hurling & Camogie Club Kerry
Beaufort GAA Club  Kerry
Brickey Rangers GAA Club  Waterford

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Conor Hogan
As a native Galwegian, Conor Hogan teaches and consults across the areas of education, well-being and health while also researching human behaviour for his PhD at NUI Galway. After winning regional and national leadership awards, he blogged and co-authored a book on Mental Health for Millennials. He tells us he will endeavour to enrapture the glint of the Galway Eye 🙂 You can find out more about Conor at https://www.docconor.com