New website aiming to keep Killeedy ex-pats in the loop

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

KEEPING in touch with home is going to get a great deal easier for Killeedy natives in the weeks and months ahead, following the launch of a dedicated local website full of news, sport and information.

KEEPING in touch with home is going to get a great deal easier for Killeedy natives in the weeks and months ahead, following the launch of a dedicated local website full of news, sport and information.

The page, www.killeedy.com, has been set up by the local GAA club as both a community notice board for club news and a portal for local parish information.

In the weeks and months ahead, it is hoped that the website will become a useful resource for Killeedy ex-pats everywhere from Sandymount to Sydney.

Patrick Cremin, a member of Killeedy GAA club and one of the people behind the new website, said that the decision to set up the page was some time in the making.

“It was something myself and a few of the club officers had been thinking about doing for a few years. We finally decided to get on with it, so we did a lot of research and tried to make it as user-friendly as possible.

“The big challenge is to keep it updated regularly. You see some of these sites can go stale after a while, but hopefully we’ve a structure in place with the PRO and all the notes correspondents that’ll keep it updated. It’ll let people keep in touch with the parish”.

The website already has full social media integration, with feeds from the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts on its home page, as well as dedicated sections for parish news and club notes. The club’s Bord Na nÓg and camogie teams have their own sections, while the weekly calendar feature will let people know what’s coming locally, from hurling matches to parish socials.

The website was officially launched last weekend, and this season the club will advertise the website on the front of its jerseys.

Mr Cremin said that like many rural communities Killeedy has its fair share of sons and daughters living elsewhere, both at home and overseas. He said that the club hope this website will be a way of keeping them all knitted together.

“It’s not just abroad either - there’s lads in Dublin, Galway and other places who might not know what’s happening locally. Hopefully it’ll keep them updated”.

Other features on the website that are to be expanded in the near future are a club shop, which will allow people to buy official Killeedy GAA merchandise online, and an e-mail newsletter, which can be subscribed to via the website.

Mr Cremin asked visitors to keep an eye on even more developments in future.