24 females graduate from LGFA's BUA Programme

April 03, 2024

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has launched its 'BUA' Leadership and Life Skills Programme, aimed at females aged 16-19. In attendance to mark the announcement at BUA Coffee in Glasnevin, Dublin, is Dublin ladies footballer Lyndsey Davey. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has acknowledged graduates from its third BUA Programme.

The 24 graduates, representing 18 counties, as well as the Coatbridge Davitts club from Scotland, were saluted at a special graduation ceremony held at Croke Park Stadium on Tuesday April 2.

The BUA (Believe Unlock Potential Achieve) Programme is a self-development initiative aimed at supporting young people in the LGFA to develop life skills and qualities to benefit themselves and their local communities.

Aimed at females aged 16-19 years of age, ‘BUA’ was conducted through expert-led workshops and self-reflection, before participants put their enhanced leadership skills into practice through a club action project.

The participants engaged in learning and covered topics essential for young people including resilience, dealing with change, building trust and respect, conflict resolution, problem solving, project planning and delegation.

In addition, LGFA-specific topics including introductions to coaching, officiating and administration were also covered. The BUA Programme began in September 2023 and concluded in April 2024, with former inter-county stars Lyndsey Davey (Dublin) and Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork) serving as programme ambassadors.

Lyndsey Davey, a five-time TG4 All-Ireland Senior medallist, commented: “It was brilliant to be at the final day of the programme and witness the positive change in the participants over the duration of the programme. They cited increased confidence, self-respect and greater resilience through their involvement, these are so important for all young women. I am really proud to be an ambassador for the BUA Programme.”

LGFA-specific modules between each leadership session were conducted by some of the most recognisable names in Ladies Gaelic Football, including former inter-county players Orlagh Farmer (Cork), Cathy Carey (Armagh) and Sinead Delahunty (Tipperary), as well as leading referees Maggie Farrelly (Cavan) and Shane Curley (Galway).

Hailing the graduates from the BUA Programme, Ladies Gaelic Football Association President, Mícheál Naughton, said: “It has been incredible to note the progress of the programme participants since its commencement, and they have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

“We are acutely aware of our responsibilities in terms of serving the needs of our young members, and it’s vital to have structures in place which will help them to flourish and reach their full potential. Our latest BUA programme has been a real success and it was wonderful to see our graduates full engaged from the outset.

“Our BUA programme is now firmly established and our graduates have learned so many tips and strategies that they can take into their everyday lives. These are outstanding young females who can play key roles within our Association for many years to come, and who are already infused with a deep love for our sport. I would also like to acknowledge the leading inter-county players and officials who played such a key role in the rollout of the programme, and who were on hand to share their experiences. The programme certainly benefited from their input and I know that the graduates took so much from people who have served and continue to serve as superb role models for our Association." 

The full list of graduates from the LGFA’s ‘BUA’ programme is as follows:

Abaí Rogan – St Enda’s GAC – Antrim

Aoibh Carroll – Carrickcruppen – Armagh

Caitlin Fitzpatrick – Mullaghbawn – Armagh

Annie O’Hanlon – Tir na nÓg – Armagh

Éinín Lawton – Cavan Gaels – Cavan

Alana Lawler – Ballyboden St Enda’s – Dublin

Keeva Finlay – Ballyboden St Enda’s – Dublin

Madison Stamper – Trinity Gaels – Dublin

Nadine Bannon – Saval – Down 

Tyra Douglas – Aghadrumsee – Fermanagh

Imogen Knight – Derrygonnelly Harps – Fermanagh

Leah Curran – St James– Galway

Doireann Dwyer – Kilcummin – Kerry

Rianna Cribbin – Kilcock – Kildare

Grace Cunningham – Park Ratheniska – Laois

Lainey Stokes – Oola – Limerick

Katie Fulham – Swinford Killasser – Mayo

Aine Keogh – Skryne – Meath

Megan O’Brien – Emyvale – Monaghan

Hannah Brady – Coatbridge Davitts – Scotland

Ceoladh McLoughlin – St John’s – Sligo

Zara Casey – Ardfinnan – Tipperary

Amy McCarney – Errigal Ciarán – Tyrone

Neasa Keevers – Ardmore Grange – Waterford

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