Printed letter seeking funding from the GAA for the training of the Clare Hurling Team, Ennis, July, 1914.

Printed letter seeking funding from the GAA for the training of the Clare Hurling Team, Ennis, July, 1914; text reads: ‘Dear Sir, Clare hurlers in the past occupied a proud and prominent position in the Gaelic arena. Unfortunately, in recent years, owing to a want of proper training and combination, our representatives have greatly deteriorated, until at the present day we find ourselves occupying a very insignificant position, indeed, in the annals of the GAA. General regret, and universal disappointment, is expressed throughout the County at this condition of things, and a hope was expressed on all sides that some steps should be taken to rehabilitate Clare to the conspicuous position it once enjoyed, when her hurlers were second to none in the land. Yielding to the wish thus expressed, a meeting was recently convened, and held in Ennis, of some of the prominent men of the County. As a result of the meeting, an influential Committee was appointed, and they were ordered to take the team, that is going to represent Clare in the Munster Championship, on hands, and to see that they are properly trained and equipped for their fixture at Limerick on the 9th August. In order to properly train the team, the Committee purpose (sic) to bring them, the week prior to the match, to Lahinch, so that they may be free from all disturbing attractions, and train in such a manner as will enable them to bring back once more to Clare the high prestige we once enjoyed. Needless to remark the training of the team will entail considerable expenditure, and in order to defray this expenditure we earnestly appeal to you for a subscription to assist us in the work we have undertaken. Subscriptions will be thankfully received and duly acknowledged by the undersigned. Trusting that you response will be spontaneous and generous, and thanking you in ancticipation. We remain, yours truly signed by James O’Regan, J.P., Sixmilebridge; P E Kenneally, J.P. Ennis; Dr. Fitzgerald, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Rev. W. Scanlan, PP, Tubber; Rev. M McKenna, Killimer; Rev. Fr. McCreedy, CC, Quin; Rev. Fr. O’Kennedy, The College, Ennis; B. Culligan, J. P. Kilrush; Messers P J Floyd, P. McNamara, P. Power, J. Callaghan, Dublin; M. Duggan, Scarriff; W. Moloney, Tulla; P O’Loughlin, Ballyvaughan; D Healy, Bodyke; Joint Honorary Secretaries Messrs Stephen Clune, Quin and P Kenny, Ennis;’ damaged on the corners with two tears at the top.

Found in the files of the former headquarters of the Irish National Foresters in 2003.

Collection: Foresters

Category: Communication Equipment

2020.0157 (5523)