CLARE County Council will this week write to leaders of the GAA in the county in an effort to set up a Michael Cusack Summer School in Carron.
At a recent North Clare area meeting, Councillor Michael Kelly called for the Clare Tourist Council, in conjunction with the Michael Cusack’s Centre Committee and other relevant agencies, to organise an annual summer school to honour Michael Cusack, the founder of the GAA.
According to the Tubber councillor, this would not be a once-off event but would attract people back to the area year after year. “Business all around the Burren would benefit from this,” he said.
Councillor Joe Arkins suggested the GAA could “take the lead” in relation to such a project.
“This could be a money-making venture for them but there would be a spin-off in accommodation, hotels, B&Bs and food but, more importantly, it would put the Michael Cusack Centre and the Burren on the map,” he said.
Councillor Michael Hillery pointed out the significance of Michael Cusack. “Michael Cusack is a national and international figure. The GAA has spread around the world. It is very important that we have a man of that calibre from the area,” he said.
Councillor Richard Nagle stated he thought a Michael Cusack summer school is “an excellent idea” and the area “would have a huge benefit from that”.
The local authority will now contact the Clare GAA County Board in an effort to further the idea.