September 26, 2017

    The Gaelic Athletic Association is established in every town and parish in Ireland, bringing the ideals of sportsmanship, a sense of belonging and community pride in its wake. While this long-established organisation promotes the idea of getting involved and utilising sporting talent in order to reap the competitive rewards, it is also heavily involved with giving back to the clubs that work so hard to maintain its standards. The Cork GAA Clubs Draw is a key component of this ‘give and take’ mantra and the amazing work that has been carried out since its inception 26 years ago, along with the thousands of prizes distributed to countless winners along the way, is testament to the success of this draw.


    First established in June 1992 by the initiative of the Cork County Board, the Draw was set up to raise much-needed funds for Cork GAA Clubs in a risk-free manner and in the process, to offer incentives to club members and entrants through a wide selection of impressive prizes. Now in its 26th year, the Draw has maintained its fundamental principles and continues to create winners each month, while also investing back into its clubs and the area of Youth and Capital Development within the county. In fact, a minimum of 45 per cent of the funds generated every month by each individual club is paid back into that club in order to assist in the funding of Capital Projects and the day-to-day running of the club.

    The incomes from the Draw accruing to the Cork County Board has been spent in areas including Youth Development and Capital Projects. The board spends approximately €300,000 annually, which is funded mainly by this Draw. 10 per cent of the Draw profits is also set aside for Capital Development, with the most recent funding going towards the upgrade of the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium, which over time received €1-million approximately from the Draw funds.

    While the general premise of the Cork GAA Clubs Draw has remained unchanged for almost three decades, the change-up to the prize pot is sure to keep regular players satisfied, while also piquing the interest of potential new entrants. Based on feedback garnered from Draw members in recent years, it appears that the cash prizes are the most popular with the masses. Therefore, the Cork GAA Clubs Draw committee have decided to include cash as part of every prize this year. September and October get the 2017/2018 series of draws off to a very promising start on Friday 3rd November at 9pm, with a prize fund of €20,000 going to the first-place winner along with a pair of tickets for the eagerly-anticipated sold-out Ed Sheeran concert at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Other prizes range from €5,000 to €1,000 in cash, with hotel breaks and gift vouchers worth up to €500 allocated to the winners chosen from 6th to 20th place.

    Aside from the 20 impressive prizes in the main draw, the Cork County Board also run independent draws for each of the eight divisions in the county, with the spotlight put on a different division every month. Further giveaways occur at the end of the year, with €100 cash being allocated to clubs per every 50 members entered into the Draw. This ensures that there will be at least one guaranteed winner for those clubs working especially hard to get their members involved in the Cork GAA Clubs Draw.

    Speaking at the recent launch of the 2017/2018 Draw, Chairman of the Cork GAA Clubs Draw Pearse Murphy said: “I can’t stress highly enough the importance of each and every club being fully supportive of this draw and selling the maximum number of tickets. By actively participating and encouraging your team mates to do the same, you are not only giving back to Cork GAA and raising substantial funds for your own club, but you are also in with the chance of winning many cash prizes. The first two draws take place on November 3rd and this will be a huge event for all involved, as it incorporates both September and October prize funds, so if you haven’t already entered make sure to register before this date. If you’re not in you can’t win!” The event was well attended with representatives from allover the County arriving on the night.


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