The GAA Championship season gets underway in New York this weekend and the first two announcements on activation plans from major sponsors take place in the next 36 hours.
From now until the first weekend in September the organisation will once again take centre stage in the sporting life of the nation and at the weekend the staff and management of the GAA and Croke Park stadium loosened up for the challenges ahead with their annual cycle from Croke Park to a far corner of Ireland.
This year the job was to get from the North East Inner City of Dublin to Carrick on Shannon in Leitrim, a distance of 166 kilometres. It was appropriate given the fact that the Counties senior footballers had made the journey in reverse for this year’s Allianz League Division Four final, and there was none prouder than the champion of all things Leitrim as well as wellbeing, Colin Regan.
Director General Tom Ryan is a Carlow man but was happy to head North and lead the team last Friday as he has for the past year while Alan Milton, Mark Dorman, Kevin Sexton and Noel Quinn are other familiar faces in slightly less familiar sporting gear.
As befits an organisation ahead of the game when it comes to social media the GAA had a video crew on site to mark the departure and as we can see from the photo below they made it all the way there as well.
It could not have happened of course without a lot of help along the way, from An Garda Síochána through to sponsors and supporters. The team were raising money for each of the five GAA Nominated Charities for 2019.