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Ard Stiúrthóir releases annual report for 201624 January 2017, 12:45 pm
Ard Stiúrthóir Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Páraic Ó Dufaigh
Páraic Duffy, Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA, released his Annual Report for 2016 in Croke Park on Tuesday morning.
The Annual Report is the Ard Stiúrthóir's main opportunity to give a public review of the Association's activities and to discuss prevailing issues.
In this year's report, Páraic Duffy reflects on a number of areas, including:
-The All Ireland Hurling and Gaelic Football Championships
-Video Review of Decisions
-Club Players Association
-Gaelic Players Association
-The National Sports Campus
-Gambling and Sport
-Impact of Rural Decline
-World Games 2016
-Croke Park Stadium Overview
In his conclusion to the annual report the Ard Stiúrthóir stresses the value and importance of providing club players with an adequate and fair fixtures schedule.
He writes: "Whatever the outcome of Congress’s deliberations on the central questions of the proposed new format for the All Ireland football championship, on the limiting of replays and on the tightening of the fixtures calendar, individual counties will still be faced with the task of addressing the issues faced by clubs, namely that players of all ages and abilities must be catered for, that club players must be offered an adequate number of fairly scheduled, meaningful matches, and that inter-county players have a strong desire to play for their clubs (a factor that must be borne in mind by inter-county team managers).
"There is a core truth about the GAA that cannot be emphasised enough – the Association exists and thrives because of our clubs. It continues, therefore, to be a matter of crucial importance that the prosperity of our clubs be foremost in our minds in our decision-making. Counties have different structures in place and have different practices that have evolved over the years with regard to club fixtures scheduling, but, whatever the individual nature of the challenge facing counties, the common goal of protecting and fostering the vibrancy of our clubs must act as our guiding principle."
The Ard Stiúrthóir goes into considerable detail on a number of key issues, as follows:
"As Congress 2016 did not resolve the issue of the structure of the All Ireland senior football championship, I prepared a discussion paper for An Coiste Bainistíochta and, with its approval, then circulated its report with the aim of encouraging Congress 2017 to address some of the deficiencies in the championship structure, while recognising the need to meet the demand from our club players for a fairer schedule of games.
"The background to the proposal that will go before Congress, outlined in these documents, is well known at this stage. The current structure of provincial championships and All-Ireland qualifiers, in operation since 2001, has obvious drawbacks, most obviously an unhealthy predictability about the outcome in two of the provincial championships: Dublin has won eleven of the last twelve Leinster titles, while either Kerry or Cork has won every Munster senior championship in the past 80 years with the exception of Clare’s win in 1992.
"The qualifier system, too, seems to have lost some of its appeal, with a decline in attendances that shows little signs of being reversed. Too often it is said that our football championship does not really begin until August."
VIDEO REVIEW OF DECISIONS
"Professional sports such as rugby, basketball, baseball and American football have all adopted the video-review model, yet it is hugely frustrating for the spectator or viewer to wait through the time taken to reach a decision. It should also be noted that the use of video review in professional sport has been expanded far beyond its original remit.
"And we can be sure that this would happen in our games, too, if we were to go down the road of reviewing difficult decisions in games. It was interesting to read the recent comments of top rugby referee Nigel Owens, who wants to see fewer decisions referred to the TMO. He expressed the view that rugby should go back to where it was five or six years ago, where it was used only on the goal line. He believes that overuse of the TMO is eroding the authority of the referee and that the focus should be on improving the decision-making of match officials."
CLUB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
"The Club Players Association (CPA) has its origins in the frustration of club players with the failure of our fixtures calendar to provide them with a coherent schedule of games throughout the year. The very fact that club players feel there is a need for such an organisation simply reinforces what we already know – that we must find ways to support club players by creating more space for the playing of club games and by rebalancing our priorities in a way that our attentions are devoted more to our clubs and less to inter-county activities."
GAA AND THE NATIONAL SPORTS CAMPUS
"Our National Games Development Centre (NGDC) at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown was officially opened in April. €12m was invested in the twenty-five-acre facility, situated adjacent to the National Aquatic Centre and close to the main entrance of the campus.
"The GAA property includes a total of five playing pitches – four of them full size and all of them floodlit – a 3G pitch, a hurling wall and a pavilion housing ten dressing-rooms, a reception area and gymnasium, and associated facilities for physiotherapy, referees, meeting rooms and dining facilities. A covered, seated spectator area adjoining the pavilion can cater for 400 people."
"Throughout the second half of 2016, in anticipation of the negotiations for the allocation of new broadcast rights to begin later in the year, we formulated the Association’s objectives for this process. There were two key objectives. First, we needed to ensure that our games would continue to be widely available on TV and radio to our domestic Irish audience and to our units abroad. Our home base of members and supporters, attached to their clubs and counties, constitute our single most important audience, while our commitment to our members abroad is unwavering.
"Second, we needed to protect the vital part of our revenue generated by income from broadcast rights. The GAA can only achieve its goals and fulfil its mission if it retains the capacity to fund the work of its clubs and units at home and abroad. We believe that we have achieved our goals in both respects through a five-year deal that provides stability and that places a significant value on our broadcast rights."
IMPACT OF RURAL DECLINE
"The consequences for the GAA are serious and are already having a very negative impact on rural clubs all over the country, but particularly on clubs in counties along the west coast. For many clubs it has meant a reduction in the number of teams competing in county competition; for others, it has been a struggle simply to remain in existence.
"This is a crisis that is not within the power of the GAA to resolve. We know that our clubs will fight as hard as they can to continue to exist, either by coming together at underage level or through full amalgamations. We can, of course, review our rules to make them flexible enough to allow clubs and teams to continue. But rural decline is a problem that must be a priority for government. The starting point is to challenge the accepted truth that this decline is inevitable and irreversible."
Click here to read the report in full. Below this article is a download link for the report.
Mayobridge club notes - 24 January 201724 January 2017, 12:29 pm
Mayobridge U-21 team suffered a seven point defeat at the hands of Crossmaglen in the Ulster Club Championship at Kickhams Creggan GAC, Randalstown on Saturday last with the final scoreline reading 2-14 to 0-13. After taking an early lead the ‘Bridge were soon pegged back as the Armagh side, inspired by a powerful display by senior county panellist Oisin O’Neill, took control and goals from O’Neill and Ryan McKeever saw them build up a commanding lead at the break, 2-10 to 0-6. The ‘Bridge cause was not helped when they were reduced to fourteen men just before half-time. Even with a man down the Sky Blues put in a great effort in the second half and were very unlucky on a couple of occasions with goal opportunities. However they had left themselves too much to do after the first half display and despite their best efforts had to concede defeat.
While the team will be disappointed to have lost, the club are very proud of their performances all season and would like to thank them each of them and the team management of Brendan Grant, Caolan Gallagher, Ciaran Magennis and James Marron for their dedication and hard work in winning the Down championship.
Mayobridge team and scorers: Sean McLoughlin, Reece Martin, Conor Fitzpatrick, Darren McPolin, Shane Annett, Barry Cunningham, Brendan Murtagh, Daniel Catterson (0-2), C.J. Barr, Aaron Gribben, John Catterson (0-1), Shane Smyth (0-1), Paddy Smyth, Cory Quinn (0-9), Conaill Gallagher.
Sub used; James Casey.
Crossmaglen scorers: Oisin O’Neill (1-10), Ryan McKeever (1-0), Miceal McCabe (0-3), Stephen Morris (0-1).
Congratulations to Shane Annett who has been selected on the provisional Down minor football panel for 2017.
Big Breakfast in the social club this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1.00.p.m.in support of the Mayobridge Ballad Group who have qualified for the All Ireland Scór na nÓg final in February.
Indoor camogie course in Mayobridge social club from Saturday 25th February to Saturday 1st April. P1 & P2: 10am - 10.45am, P3 & P4: 10.45am - 11.45am
P5 & P6: 11.45am - 12.45pm. £5 for 6 weeks or £1 per week
Well done to Sean McElroy, Julie Smyth, Corinne Toal, Karen O’Keefe and Elizabeth Barry on completion of their Ladies Football Fundamental Coaching in Saval at the weekend.
Sean McElroy is proposing to run a six-week Health and Fitness programme starting shortly. More details to follow.
MAYOBRIDGE FIGHT NIGHT Saturday 4th February 8pm. All ticket event. Tickets are £12.50. Disco to follow.
Mayobridge GAC Annual Presentation Dinner will be held in the Social Club on Saturday 4th March
Jiving lessons will commence this Friday (27th) in the social club at 8.00.p.m. All welcome.
Mayobridge GAC deeply regret the death of Mrs Clora Strain, mother of former underage mentor Declan Strain and grandmother of playing member Shealan and former player Aaron Strain and would like to express sincere condolences to them and to the extended Strain family circle.
Lotto numbers for Monday 16th January were: 8, 13, 18, 21. There was no winner of the jackpot of £9,200. There were three "Match Three" winners, Carol Dunbar (Gerry Dunbar), Conaill Gallagher (Caolan Gallagher), James Gallagher (James Gallagher). Jackpot now £9,300.
St Patricks GAC Portaferry club notes - 24 January 201724 January 2017, 12:29 pm
St Patricks GAC Portaferry club notes - 24 January 2017
Lotto - numbers this week 9, 10, 11, 19. Consolation prize of £30 to Grainne Murray. Next draw date 25/01/2017. Jackpot now £2900. Thanks for continued support, £1 to enter.
Fundamentals – continues every Saturday at 3 - 4pm in the Sports Centre. This is for P0 to P3 girls and boys. New members are very welcome. It will be £1, bring a bottle of water, stick and helmet.
Ports Do Strictly Come Dancing - this is taking place in our clubhouse on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February. The dancing and practicing is well underway, and once again great shows are guaranteed. It is for over 18s only. Tickets are on sale on Sunday 29th January at 12.30pm in the Clubhouse, tickets are limited to 4 per person.
Manager Positions - applications are now welcome for the positions of - Senior Camogie Manager, Senior Hurling Manager, Intermediate Camogie Manager, Reserve Hurling Manager. These are to be left with the Club Chairman, Brian McNally, closing date Friday 27th January. Interviews will take place on Sunday 29th January.
Primary School Disco - next Friday night, 27th January at 7pm to 8.30pm. Everyone welcome. £2 admission, or £5 for 3 siblings. It is a good night fun, bring your child along.
Entertainment Committee Meeting – is on Sunday 29th February at 5pm in the Clubhouse. All those people who are interested in joining this committee for 2017 should attend. New faces and new ideas are very welcome. This committee is now chaired by Gillian Smyth and Sean Fitzsimmons. So let’s give them support and help raise funds for the club.
Down Club Draw – tickets are now available from any committee member. The club must take 24 tickets, so it would be great if members will purchase these. £10.00 per month.
Keys – any club members with keys for the clubhouse please return to Paud Mason ASAP. We are looking to re-allocate and update the register.
Best wishes and Congrats to Niamh Mallon, who has been named Down Senior Camogie Captain for 2017. We know that Niamh will do a great job. Good luck to Niamh and the squad for the season ahead.
St Patricks GAC Portaferry club notes - 24 January 2017
Tuesday 24th January 2017
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Our Lady and St Patrick's Knock24 January 2017, 9:49 am
And who knows? . . . . . It may well be the case that County managers and Selectors may be tasking their Sat Navs to find that quiet and secluded little corner of County Down during term time.
Cumann Pheadair Naofa News24 January 2017, 9:43 am
Cumann Pheadair Naofa
(St. Peter’s GAA Club, Warrenpoint)
22 January 2017
Scór Sinsear 2017 gets underway
Our Cultural section, under the leadership of Carmel McGrath have been working hard in preparation for the 2017 Scór season. The club will be represented in Ceili Dancing, Set Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental and Quiz. We wish all our competitors the best of luck. The first round takes place on Friday 3 February in Burren at 8pm.
U16 Footballers Presented with Championship Medals
The U16 All County Football Champions had their end of season presentation on Friday night in the clubrooms. Senior Captain Ryan Boyle presented the team with their Championship medals, congratulating them all for wearing and committing to the blue and white jersey with pride. Ryan said it had been a privilege to watch the young team progress through the championship and that they were a team of the future. He encouraged them to keep stay committed, keep focused and most of all always enjoy what they are doing.
U16 manager Darren Rice thanked his management team, players and parents for all their commitment and support. He spoke of his immense pride at managing the young team to a Championship and also spoke of the pride they had brought to the club in taking the title home for the first time in over 20 years.
The team were then served a light supper and they got the chance to make plans for the in-coming season.
Best wishes to St Louis U20 Ladies in Ulster Final
Best wishes to St Louis Kilkeel U20 Ladies Football Team who represent school and county this Thursday in U20C Ulster Final in Garvaghy, Co.Tyrone. The match will be thrown in at 1230pm . Meabh O’Hare captains the team and club PRO Aislíng McGivern, along with oast club mentor Steven McVeigh with club minor footballer Emma Russell also being an integral part of the team.
We wish them all the best in their quest for a first ladies Ulster title for the school.
Club represented at GAA Club Leadership Development Programme
Club Secretary Anne McCormack and Club PRo Aislíng McGivern attended the GAA Club Leadership Development Programme in St Malachy’s High School Castlewellan. The programme was aimed at leading the club in a successful way in a changing world.
The Club Leadership Development Programme is designed to provide the principal GAA Club Officers - Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO - with the basic knowledge and core leadership skills required to fulfil their roles effectively. Anne and Aisling can now bring back a wealth of information to the club and into their individual roles having gained a better understanding of what their role involves, developing basic leadership, management and communication skills and having increased role satisfaction. It enables officers to have an awareness of where to access resources and supports and more importantly be able to share ideas and solve problems with fellow officers.
2017 Core Training Timetable
Please see below this year’s core training timetable for St Marks. Please note that only fully paid members can take part in training. For anyone who missed the registration night there will be club members at each sessions with registration forms.
6-7pm U12 Ladies (Downstairs Gym)
6-7pm U14 Ladies (Upstairs Gym)
6-7pm U16 / Minor Ladies
6-7pm U12 Footballers (Downstairs Gym)
730-9pm Senior Footballers
6-7pm U14 Boys (Upstairs Gym)
6-7pm U16 Boys (Downstairs Gym)
715-815pm Minor Boys
6-7pm U10 Boys (Downstairs Gym)
6-7pm U8 Boys (Downstairs Gym)
7-830pm Senior Footballers
*NB: Monday 23rd January- due to coaching workshop all ladies core training will take place from 6-7pm - Downstairs-U12/14s and upstairs will be U16/minors.
Calling all potential managers and mentors
Anyone interested in coaching/managing girls football teams at any level is asked to contact Sean O'Hare or Daniel Bird.
Great turnout for Minor and Senior Hurling start of season meeting
There was a great turnout at the minor and senior hurling meeting held on Sunday in the clubrooms. The new management team, under the leadership of Hurling Stalwart Gerry O’Neill are looking forward to the season ahead and anyone who is missed the meeting is asked to contact Gerry O’Neill or Hurling Chairman Damian McConville.
Annual Reunion date confirmed
The date for the club Annual Reunion has been confirmed as Saturday 4 March 2017 in The Whistledown Hotel Warrenpoint. This event is one which sees us as a club reflect, celebrate and recognize achievements in the year gone by and look to the future. This year saw our senior footballers keep Division one status with top class performances in a tight and competitive league. As well as this our U21 footballers made the final championship, our young instrumental group were crowned County Champions and made the Ulster Scor na nog semi final. A year gone by with lots of celebrate.
Down Clubs Draw Tickets – Support your club
Tickets for the Annual Down GAA Clubs Draw 2017 are now available to purchase from Cumann Pheadair Naofa Draw Co-ordinator Donal McCormack or any member of the Senior Committee. The total prize fund is £110,000, with monthly draws taking place throughout the year . Tickets cost £120 and can be purchased a number of ways:
joint membership and draw direct debit to club
Now in its seventh year, the Down Clubs Draw has proved to be a very worthwhile fundraising initiative for Down clubs. This is an opportunity to support Cumann Pheadair Naofa as it endeavours to provide activities, including all five GAA codes, culture, drama , community outreach and health and wellbeing activities for the whole of the family for the whole of life.
Handball Section prepare for new season
Declan Doyle , Cumann Pheadair Naofa Handball co ordinator has been busy finalising plans for the 2017 handball season. The introduction of handball to Cumann Pheadair Naofa is an exciting opportunity and further commitment by Cumann Pheadair Naofa to provide gaelic games for all members. In doing so, there are opportunities for all ages to become involved with no previous knowledge or playing ability of handball required.
The Down GAA Handball Development League is due to commence in the coming weeks and interested adults should contact Declan Doyle by e –mail email@example.com or mobile 07730035256.
Declan Doyle will be responsible for the development of U-14 Handball for boys and girls. For further information , contact Declan on 07730035256.
Inaugural Minor Ladies Gaelic Football Team
It has been confirmed that Cumann Pheadair Naofa Ladies Gaelic Football section will field a Ladies Minor Gaelic Football Team for the new season. Ladies football continue to grow from strength to strength within the club. Anyone wishing to help out with any team is asked to contact Sean O'Hare (Football Chairman).
Online Lotto Launched
Club members and supporters at home and abroad can now purchase their club lotto online via www.klub-funder.com. This is a quick and easy way to ensure you are entered in with a chance to win every week. All entries must be completed by 6pm on the day of the draw.
Best Wishes Lorcan
Best wishes to U16 footballer Lorcan Ruane who picked up an injury at training last week. We wish him a speedy recovery.
For further information contact Club P.R.O. Aisling McGivern:-
Ballymartin CLub News24 January 2017, 9:40 am
Ballymartin GAC Club Notes on Monday 22 January 2017 –
* The Clubs Annual Registration Day for 2017 membership will take place on Sunday 5th February in the Club rooms at Pats Road.
* Hot Ticket News - Did we mention already that OUR Lauren Cunningham has been selected as the Down Ladies GAA Senior Team Captain for 2017. You gotta give her a pat on the back the next time you see her. Lauren has been a superb ambassador for Ladies Gaelic Games and for Our Club.
* Ballymartin GAC’s Annual Awards Night will take place on Saturday 11th February 2017 in the Ballymartin Inn - Tickets £5.00 and will be available from 26th January at Ballymartin Inn OR book with the Club Treasurer 07802344253 on or before 6th February.
* Lotto Numbers for Sunday 22 January 2017 were; 09. 14. 19. 24. There was NO £10,300 jackpot winner. Congratulations to the SIX lucky tickets to match 3 numbers; Kara Cunningham, Paul Trimble, Emma O’Hanlon, Orla Fitzpatrick, Hilary McGuinness & Erin Kelly, who win £10 each. - If you’re NOT in, you CAN’T WIN. Tickets are available for next week’s Lotto draw this Sunday 22 @ £10,400 from various local sellers and outlets including; Raffertys Garage, Dunnaman Shop, Cunningham’s Butcher, Molly's Bar, Linda's Shop, First & Last and The Ballymartin Inn. If anyone can spare one Sunday Evening a month to help check tickets, the club would be very grateful. If you would like to put your name forward for the Lotto Rota, please give your name to Marie McKibben on 07802344253.
* This Sunday 29 January Lotto Rota Team Leader Yvonne Fitzpatrick; Sean Fitzpatrick, Peter Fitzpatrick Sen & Jun, Danielle Higgins, Patricia Doran, Colette Bailey & Gerry .
Courses for new referees23 January 2017, 7:44 pm
Referees Administration will be running courses for new referees for 2017.
This year the course will be in 4 parts, 3 room based and 1 online.
The room based courses will be on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Monday 13th February at 7.30pm in the Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle.
All names should be with Seamus Walsh on firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 5th February
Down Ladies club notes - 23 January 201723 January 2017, 12:30 pm
Down Ladies club notes - 23 January 2017
County Board Updates
The next Down Ladies County Board Meeting will take place on Monday 13th February at 8pm in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. Please encourage your ladies’ representatives to attend.
Down Senior Ladies County Team
The ladies have played several challenge games over the past few weeks in preparation for their league campaign which kicks off this Sunday 29th January, with a home game to Meath. The game will take place in Ballykinlar GAC pitch at 2pm. We would like to wish Ryan and Ronan all the best in this campaign, please get out to show your support for the ladies. Lauren Cunningham from Ballymartin was appointed the Captain and Orla Boyle from Downpatrick RGU was appointed the Vice-Captain. Best of luck to both girls in leading the squad for the season ahead. #MourneLadiesRising
Down Minor Ladies County Team
Marty Brown and his team have completed their second week of trials with the squad, the trials will continue this Sunday 29th January 12noon at St Colman’s School, Newry. Please encourage any girl born in 1999 or 2000 to attend, please note that the girls need to attend two sessions out of four to be considered for the panel so if they have not yet been to the trials they need to attend on the 29th .
Down U16 Ladies County Team / U15 Ladies Development Team
The U15 Development team and U16 Championship team played Monaghan at Clones on Sunday past. The U15’s had 23 girls who put in 100% effort in their first outing of the season, which proved an entertaining challenge match. Good to see and bodes well for the next few months. Training continues Sunday 29th January, venue and times to be confirmed via email and social media.
Down U14 Ladies County Team / U13 Ladies County Development Team
The Down U13 Development squad and U14 squad continued their preparation for the Ulster championship with Saturday training sessions in the Abbey Grammar School in Newry. Both squads had large turnouts on Saturday past and are working hard to gel the various players who represent 18 clubs from across the county. Next week training will continue in advance of challenge matches arranged with Armagh for Saturday 4th February. This will allow the mentors the opportunity to try out players in various positions and also to work on tactics and fitness. A number of sponsors have been secured already and it is hoped to provide all the Down underage squads with team gear in advance of the start of the championship
The Referee Level 2 refresher seminar will be held in the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo on Wednesday 22nd February at 7:30pm sharp. The seminar will give an overview of the rules and allow for discussion on any issues that are of concern to referees. There will be an update on any rule changes and the night will finish with an examination. All existing ladies’ referees are asked to attend. Note also that this course acts as a conversion course for any referee interested in officiating the ladies game in 2017.
We had a very well attended Fundamentals course on Saturday 21st Jan 2017. Many thanks to Saval GAC, for the use of their facilities and to the Milestone, Rathfriland for their catering.
Around the Clubs
If there are any updates from any clubs: news stories, courses, events, fundraisers or general updates please get in touch with Down Ladies PRO Aine McClean: Pro.email@example.com or 07519562798
Deadline for ALL entries is midnight on Friday 27th January.
The County Feile will take place on Saturday 18th March in Clonduff GAC, more details to follow.
33 coaches took part in the Fundamentals course on Saturday 21st Jan 2017
Laoise Duffy, Bredagh GAA / Down Senior Ladies player and Sorcha McCartan, Castlewellan GAA were part of the Ulster squad that became All Ireland PPS Interprovincial Tournament winners yesterday! Well done girls!
2017 Danske Bank MacRory Cup
Saturday 28th Jan 2017 (5 00 PM) at Páirc Esler, Newry
St. Colman's College Newry
St. Patrick's College Cavan
Sunday 29th Jan 2017 (12 00 PM) at Fr Peter Campbell Park
Coalisland Fianna GFC