The GAA has announced its list of official charities for the year ahead.
The five charities were selected by the Association from around the country and to represent a range of different causes.
The charities are;
• Western Alzheimers
• Down Syndrome Ireland
• Marie Keating Foundation
• Enable Ireland
• Focus Ireland
Each of the designated charities will receive a €20,000 donation from the GAA.
This is part of an on-going GAA initiative stretching back to 2008 that has seen the GAA select a number of specific charitable organisations and foundations each year in a bid to assist them in raising awareness around their work and also championing their fund-raising efforts throughout the coming year.
Aside from the cash donation they will have the right to do collections at and around Croke park on major match days and will benefit from fundraising activities undertaken by GAA staff.
“We are delighted to be here to support five very diverse but all equally noble and significant organisations and declare them to be official GAA charities for 2019,” said GAA president John Horan.
“This year we will have reached the €1.2m mark for official charity donations since 2008 through this Croke Park initiative and have now helped 45 different charities.”
“We are delighted to have been able to provide some assistance to so many worthy causes in that time.”
“In addition to this donation, the official charities will be the beneficiaries of the money raised by charity events undertaken by the staff at Croke Park this year such as the annual staff charity cycle which heads from Croke Park to Carrick-on-Shannon on April 26.”
“The GAA is about communities and people working for them. Our network of clubs is also responsible for raising huge sums of invaluable support for a whole host of charities at home and abroad through their own local initiatives – and I pay tribute to their generosity.”