GDA

The Glaslough Development Association (GDA)

Jackie Gormley 0858590734
GDAThe Glaslough Development Association (GDA) was set up as a community organisation in 1966. The goal was to provide community services and facilities to the people of Glaslough and surrounding areas which in turn would contribute to rural social, interdenominational and economic prospects.

The Oakland Community Centre was built in 1981 by the people and for the people of Glaslough.

Some of the representatives of group from Glaslough with the Pride of Place judges when the visited the village last week. 
©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

Some of the representatives of group from Glaslough with the Pride of Place judges. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

The GDA is run by a committee of local people on a voluntary basis. The responsibilities include the upkeep of the centre, the playground and various community initiatives.

The GDA was formed in 1966 and despite the challenges facing the area, became an important catalyst for establishing community wellbeing and pride of place with Glaslough winning the Tidy Towns competition in 1978. They developed a playground and community centre in the village on the ground, provided on a 99 year lease by the Leslie Estate.

Glaslough Collects Pride of Place Award Some of the members of the Glaslough community are pictured along with some of the members of the Glaslough Develpoment Association and Tidy Towns, with the Pride of Place Award that was presented to the community last week. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

Glaslough Collects Pride of Place Award
Some of the members of the Glaslough community are pictured along with some of the members of the Glaslough Develpoment Association and Tidy Towns. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

Primarily the focus of the GDA has been the renovation and management of the Oakland Community Centre and working on a range of environmental initiatives in an effort to secure a Tidy Towns win. The association continued to grow and develop and gradually formed partnerships with stakeholders such as Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Partnership, and Blackwater Regional Partnership along with many of the local businesses. Services at the community centre became established and locals enjoyed the use of the centre for sporting, recreationa, musical events and other activities.