Club Raheens


                               Club Raheens - Why we need your help      

Club Raheens was an initiative taken by Raheens GAA Club specifically to address the need to repay the capital loan taken out to purchase the new pitches, and to ensure that servicing the loan does not limit the day to day needs of the club. 

We are now renewing our appeal to members and associates of the club, particularly those that weren't connected with the Club when the new pitches were purchased and developed, to subscribe to the ‘'Deed of Covenant'’ and become part of a community effort to finish the field development project. Our objective is to reach 100 subscribers over the coming weeks. We currently have 60 subscribers.

Running a club of this size while also repaying debt on the new pitches requires a lot of regular funding. It is also an opportunity for Raheens supporters to assist the club.

 Joining Club Raheens is probably the most practical way someone can assist the club at this current time.

Please download the Deed of Covenant Standing Order form PDF and fill in and return to or phone any club contact who will collect it from you.                                                                                                              
            See bottom of this page for copies of the SO form in PDF or Word format. Or click links above for Google Doc versions which require no additional software on your machine to print.


                          Background and the need for new pitches                            

The primary debt has been incurred in the purchase and development of the new pitches. This initiative commenced in 2005 and eventually came to fruition when the new full size and juvenile pitches opened in 2012.

The main driver for the development was the increase in the local population and the consequent increase in the number of players in the club, particularly under-age players and the planned expansion of the girls and ladies sections. This can best be gauged by the increase in the school going population;

We are delighted to say that the club has progressed well since the developments with our flagship team winning the Intermediate County final in 2017 and returning to the Senior ranks, the re-introduction of Senior Ladies football in the club, and the number of underage players increasing year on year. Currently the playing population of boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 20 years is 420. There has been considerable success at underage level in both boys and girls competitions, particularly our u14 boys who won the 'A' Féile competition in 2018.


                 The funding story so far - A lot done, but more to do.                 

The basic costs for the development were as follows:

                      Total cost Incurred                                         -                              €1,021,000

                      Repaid*                                                            -                              €   786,000

                      Outstanding Debt to be repaid                     -                              €   235,000
                             *repaid via lotto capital grant, club fundraising , donations & monthly repayments to date.

                  Outstanding Debt comprises (a) Bank loan of €185k (being repaid by Deed of Covenant contributions)
                                                                 (b) Members loan of €60k (being repaid from additional fundraising)




Through all your efforts and generosity over 77% of the debt is already paid off!

The club thanks all those who have contributed and continue to give their help.

Starting out with a debt of just over €1 million, an initial fundraising event took place in the Keadeen hotel in October 2007. This consisted of a 5 monthly draw and a ‘Deed of Covenant’ where people could make a monthly contribution. "The Deed" was very successful and remains the primary source of income to repay our existing bank debt of €185k. The members loan, which currently stands at €60k is being repaid from additional fundraising. Over €786k has been paid off the principal debt, which includes grants from GAA and lottery.

However, over time and with population movement and the deteriorating economic climate, the numbers subscribing to the ‘Deed of Covenant’ has declined to the point where making the monthly repayments is becoming very difficult and is using up funds which are needed elsewhere. 

We still have 23% (or €235k) remaining which is a large debt. If we can hit our target and increase the number of Club Raheens members to 100 it is expected that we will be able to clear this debt within 5 years.

The current Club Raheens members are as follows:

Gay & Anita Campbell
Ollie Campbell
Bill Carbery

 Cathal Carr & Anne Farrell
Martin Condon

Noel Connolly
Shane & Jenny Cooke
Sean Corkery
John & Liz Cox
Gerry Crowley
Hugh Delmer
Barry & Niamh Dunlea
Jerry Dunleavy
Pat Dunleavy
Tony Fitzpatrick
John Gallagher
Ben Gilmartin
John Hanbury
Nollaig Heavey
Alan Hore
Liam & Eileen Jennings
Eamonn Kavanagh & Mary Burkett
Brian & Clare Kielty
Ian Lawler
John Lawler
Pat Lawler
Tony Lawler
Liam Lynch

Martin & Ann Lynch
Eamonn Magner
Bernadette Malone
David Malone
Lorcan Malone
Patrick Malone
Shane Malone
T. J. Malone
Tom & Mary Malone
Ger & Anne McDonald
Niall & Kathy McGovern
Glen McLoughlin
Johnny & Anna McMahon
Ross McMahon
Mick & Ann Marie Monahan
Brian Morrell
Mark & Hilda Murphy
Kieran & Mary O'Donnell
Rory O'Donovan
Morgan O'Flaherty & Siobháin Gorman
Deirdre Power
Enda Power
Gerry & Teresa Power
Paddy & Kathleen Power
Patsy & Claire Power
Sean Power
Shane Power
Robbie & Rebecca Roker

Phil Ryan
Niall Sharpe
Kevin Thompson
Ger Waters
Peter Waters
Joe & Margaret Winder


                What to do next if you can help - Forms to Download                  

    1. Please access the Deed of Covenant Standing Order form PDF below or click on the     underlined link above.                                                                                                              

    2. Print and fill in and return to or phone any club contact who will collect it from you. 

Note: These links require no software on your PC to print.                                                    

                                                              Many thanks for your help                                                             

See below for Word and PDF copies of the Form , click the down arrow on the right to download. Or click links above for Google Doc versions which require no additional software.

Shane Malone,
4 Apr 2019, 03:54
Shane Malone,
4 Apr 2019, 03:54