Our £8m County GAA Centre at Garvaghey is something special for us. It’s a resource that fully lives up to what Tyrone GAA is about. It’s there to help it further flourish and prosper. And it’s a key part of our Tyrone GAA legacy to those who come after us.
Garvaghey was visioned, planned and built as a ‘Tyrone Gaelic Bauhaus’, a place to develop and celebrate the people, games, culture, heritage and environment of Gaelic Tyrone. It uses our past and present to help create a strong and robust future. And it builds social capital, ‘the glue that holds society together’.
Garvaghey’s 43 acres bring together:
Garvaghey was created to act as a bulwark against growing service centralisation, the flight to the cities and ever-increasing globalisation. It speaks quietly but clearly that for non-metropolitan Ireland the good things in life are not always to be found somewhere else, that the local and indigenous have a unique and precious value and vibrancy.
It is about creating value for Tyrone and its people. Pre-COVID, our 50,000-plus users a year – that’s over 1,000 people a week – were proof of that value.
Above all, Garvaghey is about Legacy, about this generation leaving something important and sustainable to those who come after us.
“Something that’s cherished which is passed on to someone who’s cherished”