While our primary focus will always be keeping our children participating in and enjoying GAA gamesWhat about the arena in which our games are played?
- the greenspace surroundings
- the grass pitches upon which we play, mentor and watch our games
- our clubhouse and facilities
To help improve our playing environment the Club’s Executive have committed to improve the local eco-system & biodiversity, committing where feasible to our Green Charter addressing the club’s facilities and our playing pitches. Croke Park have already led the way on this.
If we can move towards this charter for our club then it can be an example for other GAA and sports clubs across the country and ‘’Ólaf us together’’ we can help make a real difference to help our environment and the community we live in and represent.
We have commissioned a biodiversity audit of our club’s surroundings and pitches. We have already installed 3 beehives on the roof of the club, all of which have been sponsored. They were sourced by Club stalwart and ‘Master Beekeeper’ Pat Kavanagh. They help boost biodiversity in both the Club and community environment. The honey that the Olaf's bees produce will be used by The Juice Boxx to make their healthy, cold pressed juices. We are also looking at hosting Insect hotels on our grounds.
A rare breed of geese visit and land on our pitches at certain times of the year. We will look to reduce, and where feasible, to move away from chemical fertilisers to more organic spreadable compost from the likes of coffee grinds and fruit waste from the club, and so reduce and reuse our own organic waste within our ecosystem. This will help improve the soil of the pitches we play on, the water table, local wildlife and fauna. Our players and the geese will have a healthier play area.
Amuigh Faoin Spéir '’Out under the Sky’' is the name of the Club’s Greenspace Sustainability Charter - named after Gerrit van Gelderen, a Dutch artist, natural historian, filmmaker, author, and a resident at Twayblade, Sandyford before his passing in 1994.
‘Amuigh Faoin Spéir’, an Irish wildlife television series broadcast by RTE in the 1960s, co-produced by Gerrit with Éamon de Buitléar, effectively introduced many Irish television viewers to the natural wildlife in our own country decades ago.
© Gerrit van Gelderen.
In the mid 1970s Gerrit went on to create, write, film and produce his own wildlife series, To The Waters And The Wild. Filmed extensively in Ireland, he also journeyed to the USA, Canada, Iceland, Europe, Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and India.
Gerrit van Gelderen spent much of his life drawing (literally and figuratively) our attention to the world around us, and focused our attention on the fragility of natural habitats through the medium of film, the written word and his own passion and personality. Husband to Lies van Gelderen (RIP, 2017). Father of Merlin, Aoife, Finn and Oisin.
Captured by Lies van Gelderen, Bull Island, 1962.
Captured by Merlin van Gelderen, Netherlands, 1979.
Captured by Merlin van Gelderen, The Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada, 1978.
Captured by Wenzel Schurmann, Greenland.
Photo by Merlin van Gelderen.
© Gerrit van Gelderen.
Gerrit and Éamon de Buitléar at work.
Photos & images courtesy of the van Gelderen family.
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