Over the last 13 months our frontline workers have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and well. In these difficult times they have certainly made the ultimate sacrifice to help save other people.
Tommy Devane, a GAA commentator with Galway Bay FM and former inter-county player came up with a wonderful initiative earlier this year to acknowledge their incredible work. He asked all thirty-two counties to supply one county jersey accompanied by a short message of thanks. The jersey along with their message was then framed in Galway and sent to the hospital or care setting of the county’s choice.
“We received a huge reaction to the project from the GAA community which is in conjunction with Paul Byrnes Media and our main sponsors Merit Medical along with a number of other Galway businesses. I am in awe of the magnificent work our amazing frontline workers are doing to protect us every day and they certainly deserve huge recognition,” said Tommy.
Galway GAA were the first county to support the initiative thanking all the frontline workers in the county for their continuing hard work and dedication. “This is a brilliant idea and we are delighted to be supporting it. We have a great relationship with all the hospitals and care settings in Galway and we would like to thank all the frontline staff who continue to do an amazing job every day,” said Pat Kearney, Chairman, Galway GAA.
Since then, all 32 counties have got involved and are supporting the initiative. “This is a great project and we would like to say a huge thank you to all the frontline workers in this country for their incredible work,” said Offaly GAA Chairman Michael Duignan while Tim Murphy, Chairman of Kerry Co. Board said “our frontline workers are the real heroes in this global pandemic and this is a wonderful way to acknowledge them.”
As a gesture of appreciation to all frontline workers in Mayo University Hospital, Mayo GAA, in conjunction with Tommy Devane of Galway Bay FM, today presented a framed Mayo jersey to hospital manager Catherine Donohoe.
Speaking at the presentation Mayo GAA Chairperson Liam Moffatt said “Mayo GAA is very grateful for all of the efforts of our frontline staff and the tremendous lengths they went to, to serve our community during this very difficult time. Mayo GAA has also received tremendous support for player welfare over many years from Mayo University Hospital and for that we are extremely grateful”.
Mayo GAA would also like to extend its appreciation to Tommy & his team for the work they did in organising this fantastic gesture.