The previous Kerry boss fears for the way forward for New York GAA
Patrick O’Sullivan: The club needs to come to New York and take control of which way it goes.
Unless a new approach to Gaelic games is adopted in New York, there will be no ATMs in the Big Apple in 10 years.
This is the sharp warning from former Kerry County Board Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, who was born in Sunnyside, Queens and is a regular in the city where he spent the first eight years of his childhood.
Speaking to New York-based Long Hall podcast, O’Sullivan believes that the rejuvenation of the Gaelic Games in the city must begin with the development of a 10-15 year plan that Croke Park oversees implementation.
O’Sullivan also seeks an end to the practice of American clubs throwing lost sums of money at inter-county players in exchange for their US gaming services.
“The amount of money that is thrown away to bring in players from other countries. Some folks at home are waiting to be kicked out of the championship to come to New York and raise 10,000 or 20,000 euros. These are the crazy characters that are thrown around.
“These players will then return home three or four months later and fall into the championship they have at home. The guy [based in the States] Those who have been training for months are left out. The whole system has to change. The whole look has to change.
“If they keep doing what they do, there will be no GAAs in this town in 10 years,” O’Sullivan said.
“When you go to the seven or eight strong [underage] New York clubs like Shannon Gaels and Rockland, the GAA at home, need to come up with an idea how to grow them into senior clubs so you have eight communities to follow by a team. The county names [clubs named after counties in Ireland] are away. The area they come from must mean something. “
Facilities and a property to name themselves is another key area that the New York ATM must prioritize.
“First of all, they have to get a plan for the city, a 10- or 15-year plan. If they try in a year it won’t happen. They have to get their base, and I think someone from Croke Park has to come out and run them.
“For the people who have found their home here, there has to be a place where they can meet and meet. What is happening now is not acceptable.
“Kerry GAA, for example, belongs to everyone. The importance of Kerry and what it means is determined by each club. The meaning of New York must be determined by the New Yorkers. And there has to be a plan. If it’s not put together properly, the club will never develop in this city.
“I am very aware of the importance of having a strong ATM community in New York. That can only develop with the right leadership and the right financial support. “
He added: “The club here [New York GAA] They have to pinpoint seven or eight different parts of the city, they have to pick the areas they are going to, make a deal with the city, and if it costs $ 8 million to put the pitches in those places, that’s the first Plan You have to think in Croke Park how we’re going to fund this and how they’re getting business people in town to do this. “
Croke Park needs to do more to help the Gaelic game family in New York, said Kerry’s Central Council delegate.
“There is no plan to develop New York. America is the biggest market the GAA should enter.
“The club has to come here [to New York] and take control of which direction they are going to go because if they don’t, the New York GAA will go from cap to hand all the time. “
O’Sullivan said settling the bill for Kerry’s $ 8 million center of excellence in Currans would not have been possible without the collaboration and generosity of New Yorkers. “In four years, over two million have been drawn from New York. It was a huge amount of money. That gave us the opportunity to go to London, where we took another quarter of a million pounds sterling. Then we took just under € 100,000 from Dublin. I’m honest, without the help of the people in New York we would never have got it going, especially without the help of Maurice Regan (founder of JT Magen). Donal O’Sullivan was good to us too. “