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Health Minister hails success of Healthy Ireland initiatives at Kingspan Breffni

Health Minister hails success of Healthy Ireland initiatives at Kingspan Breffni

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, TD, visited Kingspan Breffni today (Friday, 22nd October) to see how creative local collaboration on Healthy Ireland initiatives has led to the iconic Cavan GAA headquarters being named the first sportsground in Ireland outside Croke Park to become a member of the European ‘Healthy Stadia’ Network.

Published on: 22 Oct 2021

The work, which has been carried out by Cavan County GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee, a collaboration between Cavan GAA and the Cavan County Council Healthy Cavan Coordinator, is part of an ongoing drive to improve the facilities, support, and services available within our community to improve the health and wellbeing of all.

During his visit, Minister Donnelly officially unveiled new bike sheds which have been provided on the park grounds to promote smarter travel in the community. These facilities were funded by Healthy Cavan, through the Healthy Ireland Fund. 

Other initiatives rolled out at Kingspan Breffni through Healthy Ireland include the Healthy U Project, which has seen the Health and Wellbeing Committee deliver physical activity classes and health and wellbeing seminars – including diet, nutrition, first aid, and healthy cookery demonstrations – to people of all ages and of every ability throughout Cavan.

The park has also become a smoke-free stadium as part of its drive to join the prestigious ranks of Europe’s ‘Healthy Stadia’.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly, said, “I was delighted to welcome Minister Donnelly to the home of Cavan GAA today to showcase the excellent work of this committee, supported by Healthy Ireland through Cavan County Council’s Healthy Cavan Coordinator. This park has been a beacon of physical excellence for many decades, and now it will play a vital role in improving health and wellbeing in the community,” said Cllr Kelly.

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD said “this week I’ve seen so many exceptional examples of Healthy Ireland funding making a real difference in communities. I’m delighted to be here today in Kingspan Breffni Park to see the fantastic work being done by the Healthy U Project, making living a holistic healthy life more accessible. I announced the €13m initiative this week to support increased health and wellbeing services in communities across Ireland and further strengthen projects just like these.”

Sinéad Tormey, Healthy Cavan Coordinator, Cavan County Council, said, “We’re delighted to have the Minister visit Kingspan Breffni today to see what has been achieved here through the Healthy Ireland Fund, not just for GAA members, but for everyone in our community, of all ages and abilities”.

“The newly-installed bike sheds will be very much welcomed by visitors to the grounds and will encourage cycling in our county. I’d like to compliment Samuel Thompson and team at Mountview Engineering, Mountainlodge for the high quality product they have provided. These facilities will help reduce our carbon footprint and bring many additional benefits in terms of our physical and mental wellbeing. We look forward to further collaborations with Healthy Ireland and Sláintecare through the new Sláintecare Healthy Communities Initiative, which will help to further reduce health inequalities and improve the wellbeing of our communities.”

Kieran Callaghan, Chairperson Cavan GAA said, “It’s wonderful to welcome Minister Donnelly to Kingspan Breffni today to see the ongoing work being undertaken in the GAA locally for the health and wellbeing of both our members and wider community. I’d like to thank Sinéad Tormey, Healthy Cavan Coordinator, and indeed all the Health and Wellbeing Committee members, for their ongoing work in bringing improvements to the stadium on behalf of all people in Cavan”.

 

CAPTION: The Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly joined Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, TD, local councillors, Oireachtas members, council staff and members of the Cavan County GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee in launching new bike sheds at Kingspan Breffni on Friday, 22 October. Funded by Cavan County Council’s Healthy Cavan Coordinator through the Healthy Ireland programme, the new bike shed is part of a range of initiatives which has seen the Cavan GAA headquarters join the prestigious network of European Healthy Stadia. PHOTOS: Adrian Donohoe.