West Cork club St James appeals to fans for funding after Covid lockdown

West Cork club St James appeals to fans for funding after Covid lockdown
Kilshannigs' Eanna O'Hanlon tackles St James' Aaron Hayes during the Cork County JAFC final at Páirc Uí Rinn last year. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE Carbery board has announced details of the Bandon Co-Op-sponsored JAFC involving defending champions St James.

St James drew positive headlines following last year’s remarkable run in both the West Cork and county junior A football competitions.

Alas, the past six months has proven a stark contrast with the Ardfield parish-based club missing out on fundraisers because of Covid-19.

Like hundreds of GAA clubs, St James are suffering badly from the lack of desperately needed monies.

A message from chairman Niall O’Sullivan spelled out the severity of the situation on the club’s official FaceBook page.

O’Sullivan addressed the fact that the club’s main fundraising event, the Ardfield/ Rathbarry Family Fun Day and Threshing (usually held in August), being cancelled represented a loss of about €7,000 to St James.

The statement went on to say: “Consequently, the club coffers have been significantly depleted, and we now have only one-month’s funds left in our account. Yet we must continue to pay our bills (electricity, water, etc), maintain the pitches, and repay the club loan.

“St James’ GAA is therefore appealing to all members and supporters to help the club with its finances during this very difficult period. The club has set up a GoFundMe page to receive donations, and we urge everyone to support this vital appeal, so as to ensure our club can continue to operate during these unprecedented times.”

This is a drastic but necessary step for a proud and highly regarded West Cork club that caters for the adult and underage members of its parish. St James will not be the last GAA club to create a GoFundMe page. Hopefully, members past and present along with the wider West Cork GAA community will answer the call and donate.

On the field, St James begin the defence of their Carbery JAFC title with a derby against Clonakilty’s second team in what should be a cracking encounter in Rosscarbery.

Bandon Co-Op Carbery JAFC Round 1:

July 25: St Colum’s v Kilbrittain in Dunmanway at 7pm; St Mary’s v Diarmuid O’Mathunas in Bandon at 7pm; St Oliver Plunketts v Muintir Bhaire in Skibbereen at 7pm; Kilmeen v Tadhg Mac Carthaigh in Leap at 7pm.

July 26: Clann na nGael v Dohenys, Rossmore in at 7pm; Castlehaven v Argideen Rangers in Ardfield at 7pm; Kilmacabea v Bandon in Ahiohill at 7pm; Clonakilty v St James in Rosscarbery at 7pm; Ballinascarty v Barryroe in Kilbrittain at 7pm; O’Donovan Rossa v Carbery Rangers in Aughaville, at 7pm.

Link to St James GAA GoFundMe appeal: www.gofundme.com/stjamesgaa-gofundme-appeal

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