[Words by European County Board]
I am delighted to announce that the Gaelic Athletic Association has become the first Irish winner of the European Citizen’s Prize (2013)’, Sean Kelly MEP confirmed today.
“The honour represents an international tribute to the GAA’s massive contribution to citizens in Europe. The Association is a wonderful example of our European ideals of volunteerism, citizenship and promotion of healthy pastimes for young people,” Mr Kelly, a former GAA President said.
He stressed the prize’s relevance to both the 2011 European Year of Volunteering, as it is the largest voluntary organisation in Ireland, with over 250,000 people volunteering on a weekly basis through the GAA.
The GAA will be awarded a special medal during a dedicated awards ceremony to be held in Ireland later this year. The Association will also showcase its organisation at the European Parliament in Brussels at a further European Citizen’s Prize ceremony with other winners on 16-17th October 2013.
The European Citizen’s Prize was launched by the European Parliament in 2008 to recognise the exceptional achievements of individuals, groups or organisations each year.