Collaboration, sustainability and enterprise – from the grassroots

 This is the title of a a presentation to be given by Joe Garriby, General Manager, Lahinch Seaworld, Co Clare at the conference Enterprise and Collaboration The way forward for community sport and physical activity across all-Ireland held on 11th March 2015 at W5, Odyssey Centre, Belfast

This is a one-day event focussing on how community sports providers can meet the challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives, the political landscape and the economic situation

Based on his experiences as a social entrepreneur Joe’s presentation begins with a brief overview of his experience in community/sport development with a focus on its interaction with state agencies and others.

He will cover his experiences subsequent to actual delivery of infrastructure and absence of a coherent plan or support mechanism of any substance to move on from there to social enterprise functionality.

He sees big opportunities for sports clubs and groups to work together to achieve sustainability and to adjust their sights in becoming more than just the drop off point for kids and people playing their individual games. He will then address where he sees the gap in the supports given by national governing bodies, state agencies and local authorities to assist on this path – He wiIl sum up that for the most part as “There they go! I must follow them for I am their leader!”

Joe Garrihy is a social entrepreneur most recently involved with Lisdoonvarne Failte Ltd leading the successful planning and delivery of as major integrated social and community centre in Co Clare. He is also very interested in getting communities to work better together to make the most of facilities.

For further information about this event contact Svend Elkjaer on 01423 326 660 or email or go to

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