The Chairman of Na Fianna GAA club in Dublin has described as "amazingly positive" the findings of a study that states that the club is worth €50 million in social value.

The Glasnevin-based club commissioned a 'Social Value Report' in response to the proposal to use the club's grounds as part of the Metrolink construction.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Cormac Ó Donnchú said that when threatened by the construction upheaval, which has now been lifted, the club struggled to communicate its value to the community.

He said the club decided to get the expertise of Whitebarn Consulting to conduct the research, which was subsequently approved by Social Value International, which is a global organisation that focuses on social impact and social value.

The figures showed the club delivered €50m in social value and for every euro invested in Na Fianna, €15 of social value was returned.

Essentially, the report puts a value on volunteers and the time they put into the club and measured the return on social value investment.

The inputs were valued at €3.5 million. They included €800,000 in hard cash and the rest was pretty much volunteer hours, of which there is 103,300 volunteer hours put in per year.

Mr Ó Donnchú said the findings are an affirmation for all volunteers in clubs who provide help to social, sporting and community facilities.

He also said the results show the offering of GAA clubs deliver "a remarkable channel and opportunity for investment".

Na Fianna has around 3,000 members, with just under 2,000 registered players across 174 teams.


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Na Fianna Social Value Report Summary
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