April Newsletter

Cork GAA Coaching Update Dec 2018

Rebel Óg Coaching is the body responsible for coaching and games development in Cork. The group is headed by County Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane along with Full Time Staff led by Kevin O Callaghan as Games Manager and 6 Games Development Administrators. This group help to support the volunteers around the county at Primary School, Post Primary and Club level through hands on coaching sessions, organising games programmes and education of coaches. The GDA’s also have a hand’s on role in the Regional Development Squad programme.


(i) Monster Blitzes

Our monster Blitz season is underway again for 2019 and as you can see by the lists we have plenty of dates for young players to take to the fields. Clubs will follow the same booking steps as last year. Our online booking form opens on the every Monday  morning and closes on Wed at 6pm its on a first come first served basis for your venues so book in early. 

To Register for Monster blitz –CLICK HERE

 Each club is invited to attend blitzes at their respective age group. Each team has the option of several blitzes in each code and we will be hosting almost 300 blitzes in venues all over the county between March and October. Monster Blitzes 2010 can have anything from 100 to 400 children participating on a weekly basis, with up to 300 teams representing clubs every week. There will be 6/7 venues hosting a blitz every week. Up to 10,000 children participate in the Blitzes on a monthly basis. Dates are similar to previous years, with one significant change to the programme.

Last season, clubs moved into a League structure for the year. Following consultation with clubs, this program seemed to be of greater benefit and enjoyment to the mentors, parents and participating children. With this in mind, the age groupings are as follows for U9 (only boys born in 2009 are eligible for this league, U8’s are not allowed as they will have blitzes the same days) and U10 teams in 2018.  U8’s and U7’s will remain at the Monster Blitz stage.


(ii) GAA for All 2019 

In line with the GAA value of Inclusiveness, Cork GAA in partnership with Cork Sports Partnership are developing GAA For All. GAA For All aims to provide GAA to people with disabilities in their local community club settings in Cork and promote the ethos of a community club for all. The activities provided through GAA For All will include the 5 Star Centre activities of Fun & Run, Catch & Kick, Strike It, Go Games and Have a Ball.

 There will be limited availability capacity of clubs to take part

 Healthy Clubs linked nationally to the GAA Health & Wellbeing initiative.

 Cluster club model so geographical location is important when selecting clubs.

 Cork Clubs taking part – Killeagh GAA – Midleton GAA – Clonakility GAA

Phase 1: April – May 2019 – Phase 2: May – June 2019 – Phase 3: Event – July 2019  Club Sustaining: August – December with support as required from GDA and CSP

The aim of this Pilot camp is to facilitate a safe, enjoyable and beneficial camp for all participants


(iii) Kelloggs Cúl Camps 2018

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.

In Cork we will have 122 clubs running a Cúl Camp during July and August under the guidance of Cork Coaching and Games staff headed up by our Cúl Camp Coordinators Paudie O Brien and Shane Supple. Each year the numbers of children attending these camps is growing and each year the children come away with new gear, tops, bags etc which can be seen at underage games, school activities, days out all year round.

In 2018 Cork had over 19,540 children take part in Cul Camps across the county. Add in the large numbers of coaches, mentors and parents involved and this figure increases to a huge army of people involved in Cul Camps in what is our biggest annual project in Cork.

For more information on Cul Camps visit https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=Cork

Photo above Kelloggs Cúl Camps Launch

L-R – Shane Supple GDA, Seamie Harnedy, Patrick Collins, David Griffin, Conor Lehane (Cork Senior Hurlers) & Paudie O’Brien GDA with Daniel Garde, James Forrest, Jack Walsh & Rian Savage, players from Lisgoold & Midleton clubs at the launch of Cork Kelloggs Cúl Camps in Pairc Ui Chaoimh


(iv) Inter Regional Finals Hurling & Football 2019  

Fe 15 Football

On Sunday 10th Feb 2019 our U15 Inter Regional Football Finals took place in the 4G pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 2.00pm referee Colm Vaughan threw in the ball for the Plate final between Cork City East and Cork North who come out winners in the end. Cork Games Manager Kevin O Callaghan presented the plate to the winning team after the game. Well done to both sets of mentors and players.

At 3.30 pm our second game got underway with teams from Cork West and Cork Mid contesting the Shield for this game. This was a very competitive game with it going down to the last minute of play were Cork West with the last point of the game came out ahead by the single point to win over Cork Mid.


Fe16 Football

On Sunday 24th Feb the U16 Football Regional Finals took place. We had the City East v The Midwest and Cork North v Cork West. Well done to all players who took part and to the staff at CIT as always we are grateful for the fantastic facilities and pitches at this time of year. The referees on the day were Colm Vaughan and Michael Meyers and both games were good fast competitive football games with very little between the sides

Both games were competitive with the City East winning over the Midwest to take home the Shield and West overcoming the North to take home the cup.


(v) Celtic Challenge 2019. 

Its that time of the year when we are getting ready for the The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge tournament which was established in 2016 and is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating. For 2019, a total of 41 teams with over 1,200 players will play in 135 games  including 5 Finals  as part of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge.

Well done to two of our Cork teams who made it to the Finals last year and here is hoping we can repeat that feat again this year. Its great to see four teams  representing Cork so well in the Celtic Challenge competitions 

Click here for updates on the Celtic Challenge


(vi) CU14.5 D Section Hurling PPS Finals

On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, nine Post Primary Schools arrived in Pairc Ui Chaoimh 4G Pitch to take part in the D section hurling finals under the watchful eye of main organiser GDA Colm Crowley. The whole event ran smoothly with teams taking to the field every 30 minutes playing games in a blitz format during the day. With 2 pitches running side by side and two referees Chris Broderick and Brian Murphy games started at 10am and there was plenty of action for the crowd of supporters and parents who came along to watch. 

Group 1: North Monastery, Colaiste Mhuire Crosshaven, Pobail Scoil Bantry.

Group 2: Edmund Rice Carrigaline, Douglas Community School, St Fanahans Mitchelstown.

Group 3: De La Salle Macroom, Scoil Mhuire Kanturk, Carrigtwohill CS.

Additional B Teams: De La Salle Macroom, Pobail Scoil Bantry.

Presentation of Shield and Cup by John O Brien to the respective teams

• Colaiste De La Salle Macroom winners of the Shield

• Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai winners of the Cup


(vii) Lord Mayors Cup Hurling & Football Finals

On Tuesday 9th April 2019 the Finals of the Hurling section of the Lord Mayors Cup took place in Pairc Ui Rinn. With 3 hurling finals on offer it was a great day of hurling for the Post Primary Schools in Cork with 6 teams contesting the finals.

A – Final Midleton CBS A (Winners) v Hamilton High School Bandon

B – Final Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig v Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh (Winners)

C – Final Midleton CBS B (Winners) v St. Colmans Community College Midleton

Well done to all teams for playing very sporting and brilliant games of hurling.
Congratulations to the winners of the Lord Mayors Cup with thanks to Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn who presented the winning teams with their trophy after the game.


(viii) 2018 Coach Education 

2019 is another busy year for Coach Education in Cork with over 30 foundation courses completed by 30th April, 6 Award 1 Courses completed by the end of April and the coaching workshops ran around the county by the GDA’s and outside coaches proves it is a busy year for clubs. 

 This year because of some of the new guidelines we will be running some Cul Camp Foundation Courses during the month of May and early June to allow clubs comply with the new legislation and during this time we will see the roll out of our new Emerging Coaches course aimed at the 16 to 18 year old Cul Camp assistants.  Any club wishing to run a Foundation course or an Award 1 course can have the club secretary contact Coach Education Administrator Shane Supple GDA to organise their courses. All information regarding requirements and booking courses can be found online.

More information can be found on our website just follow the link below


(ix) Primary Schools Teacher Education Initiative

Rebel Óg Coaching have rolled out a new Teacher Education initiative offering teachers of Junior and Senior Infant classes the opportunity to get some practical training in the delivery of Physical Education classes. The focus was on physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. Rebel Óg Coaching personnel delivered a 30-40 minute session with teachers from over 54 schools who are working with junior and senior infant classes. The session can be delivered with the class group and during school hours so that it can be assigned to the regular, weekly P.E. class The tutor returned 2-3 weeks after the first session to deliver further training and to discuss with teachers how their P.E. classes went in the interim.

There was no charge for these training sessions. However, teachers were expected to commit to the training and to deliver P.E. sessions focusing on fundamental movement skills in between the first and second training dates. Equipment was be kept to a minimum and schools were not be required to purchase anything ahead of the training. Teachers received a certificate of participation which was given to them on the second day of the training module. Though the training is being delivered by GAA coaches, the emphasis is on fundamental movements and therefore is not GAA specific. Most of the activities are based on movement and not on sports specific skills. The teachers received a copy of the content delivered for future reference. There was a mix of games that can be delivered in the classroom for short bursts of activity along with yard/hall based content. Teachers were also be referred to further content on resources devised by National Coaching & Games and the Department of Sport.


(X) New Games Promotion Officer in Carbery Division

Rebel Og Coaching would like to welcome on board our new Games Promotion Officer for the Carbery division Paudie Crowley. Carbery GAA along with Cáirde Chorcaí with the support of Cork GAA were pleased to announce that Paudie Crowley, Skibbereen, has been appointed as the first ever Carbery GPO. The popular appointment was made possible due to the financial backing of Cairde Chorcaí and the 26 clubs in the Carbery division.

Paudie is delighted with his new GPO role and is keen to get started. “I am thrilled to get this opportunity,” revealed the coaching enthusiast.“There is nothing better than to be able to work with fantastic players and coaches in promoting GAA in the Carbery division.” Among Paudie’s many remits will be to help the standard of coaching amongst the clubs, national schools, and secondary schools in the Carbery. 

Paudie is a very experienced coach. He spent 3 years in IT Carlow where he completed a degree in sports and exercise base within the GAA back ground. He then completed his Honours degree in Cork IT.  From there he spent one year working with Leinster GAA as a Games Development administrator in Louth.  In early 2018, he began working with Carbery GAA Board promoting hurling in the western part of the division. Towards the end of 2018 he began  working along side both the Carbery Board and Rebel Og coaching promoting hurling and football throughout the Carbery Division. He possesses years of experience, both from a playing and coaching perspective. Paudie, who has already begun in his new job, is looking forward to putting his own personal stamp on the role. We would like to wish Paudie the very best in his new role.


GDA Contact Information

Ronan Dwane: Cork County Coaching Officer  Coachingofficer.cork@gaa.ie
Kevin O Callaghan: Games Manager 086-8532375 Kevin.ocallaghan.gm.cork@gaa.ie
Sean Crowley: GDA Cork City North Side & Hurling Development Squads 086-0548533 Sean.crowley.gda.cork@gaa.ie
Colm Crowley: GDA Mid Cork & Child Initiatives Co ordinator 086-3687799 colm.crowley.gda.cork@gaa.ie
Paudie O’Brien: GDA Cork City Southside & Cul Camps 086-7725411 Paudie.obrien.gda.cork@gaa.ie
James McCarthy: GDA West Region & Football Development Squads 087-7799531 james.mccarthy.gda.cork@gaa.ie
Pat Spratt: GDA North Region & Youth Initiatives 086-8922800 Pat.Spratt.gda.cork@gaa.ie,
Shane Supple: GDA East & Coach Education Administrator 087-4327261 shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie
Paudie Crowley: Games Promotion Officer for the Carbery division 086-1682410 

For More information on all our activities, courses, workshops conferences etc for 2019 please visit our website