Cork GAA Coaching Update Feb 10th 2016

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On Friday, February 19th (mid-term), GDAs will hold registration days / coaching sessions throughout the county for U13 boys for 2016 (born in 2003). Sessions will incorporate football & hurling and will mark the beginning of a regional coaching programme which will eventually lead to the formation of regional panels later in the year and ultimately county U14 panels in 2017. All boys on the age are welcome and are encouraged to play both codes on the day, players may choose one code if they wish. All boys who attend will be welcomed back for further camps / sessions subsequently. These are not trials.

Correspondence was circulated last week asking Club coaching officers are to submit the names of boys from your club who wish to attend, along with a parental contact number, by this Friday, February 12th.

Players will then be invited to a suitable location for coaching. As much of this player information is already on file in most clubs, please forward details in an excel or word document and email to

Names have been gratefully received from the following clubs, so far:

Carbery Rangers, Newcestown, Gleann Na Laoi, Macroom, Barryroe, Beal Ath an Ghaorthaidh, Kilbrittain, Lisgoold, Milford, Buttevant, Clyda Rovers, Glanmire, Ahan Gaels, Tadhg MacCarthaigh, Killavullen, Erins Own, Blackrock, Nemo Rangers, St. Colman’s, Sliabh Rua.


(ii) Coaching Benchmarks 2020

7 Clubs Receive Gold Accreditation for Benchmarking 2020

On Saturday evening Jan 30th 2016 in the Clayton Silversprings Hotel many awards were given out. Among the winners on the night were seven clubs from around the county who received the much coveted Gold Accreditation Award in Benchmarking 2020 for 2015. For further details click here

The targets for 2016 will be similar to last year’s programme and a launch for the current year will take place in the near future. Please note that with Easter coming early in 2016, clubs that aspire to meet the Benchmarking criteria should be currently organising their Easter Camps. Also note that schools coaching should be a priority over the next few weeks and if not already up and running, then clubs should be meeting their schools to set up the time table for the coaching sessions to take place in due course.


(iii) Hurling Workshop with Martin Fogarty in Nemo Rangers on Monday, February 15th          

Martin coached the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers from 2005 to 2013 and guided the Kilkenny U21 team to All Ireland titles in 2003 and 2004. He will do a blend of practical and theory modules in this workshop for coaches of youth and adult players.

Date; Monday 15th February
Time; 7.45pm
Venue; Nemo Rangers
Topic; Winning Possession Through Games Based Training
Fee : €10

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To to reserve places or book online here.


(iv) Football Workshop with Sean Dempsey in Mallow on Friday, February 19th          

A former manager of the Laois Senior Football team, Sean is highly regarded as a manager and coach. During his spell with Laois minors he turned them into one of the top underage teams in Ireland, the highlight being the 2003 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. He managed the Laois under 21 side to successive Leinster titles in 2006 and 2007 and to an All-Ireland Final appearance in 2007, where they were defeated by Cork.

Sean is an innovative, modern thinking coach who delivers with great energy. He will guide coaches through a session on how to develop individual / team attacking prowess through games based training.

Date; Friday, February 19th
Time; 7.30pm
Venue; Mallow GAA Complex (Indoor Astroturf)
Topic : Individual & Team Attacking play through Games Based Training (youths/adults)
Fee: €10

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To to reserve places or book online here.


(iii) GDA Activity

North GDA Pat Spratt is currently holding club visits with Granard Gaels, Ballyclough, Boherbue, Killavullen, Knocknagree and Newmarket, while at post primary level he is based in Davis College, Mallow for the next four Monday’s. At primary level, he is currently working with the following schools: Milford NS; Newtown NS; Knocknagree NS; Derinagree NS; Rathcoole NS; Ballydesmond NS; Freemount NS and Dromina NS.

Meanwhile, a foundation level coaching course is scheduled in Clyda Rovers on February 18th and 20th.

East Cork GDA Shane Supple has had club meetings/visits with Lisgoold, Killeagh, St. Itas, Kiltha Og, Fr O Neills and plans to meet St Catherine’s, Fermoy, Erins Own, Castlelyons, St Colman’s, Cloyne and Aghada, over the next few weeks. He has visited Ballynoe NS, Park NS, Conna NS, Clonpriest NS and plans to visit schools in Youghal, Cobh, Cloyne, Castlemartyr & Dungourney areas over the next few weeks. Shane also oversees the coach education and workshop programme countywide. All details on

Southside GDA Paudie O has had club visits with Blackrock, Carrigaline and St Michaels in the past week, with further visits to Shamrocks and Douglas planned in the next week. Primary school coaching has begun in both schools in Mahon, namely Holycross and the Gaelscoil and at post primary a transition year course as well as coaching is taking place in Douglas Community School.

Northside GDA Sean Crowley has recently completed club visits done in Delaney’s and Whites Cross, with Sarsfields and Blarney scheduled for the coming weeks. Meanwhile, primary school coaching is scheduled for Watergrasshill and Glenville and the three schools in the Brian Dillons catchment area in the next week.  At post primary level, Sean has set up a transition year programme with the Mon AG as well as a blitz in May for the local primary schools. Coaching in Terence McSweeney is scheduled for after the mid-term break.

West GDA James McCarthy has recently held club meetings with Castletownbere, Aghinagh and Urhan, while O’Donovan Rossa, Clonakilty, and Kilmeen are booked in for the coming week. At post primary level, first and second year coaching took place in Rossa College and St Fachtna’s Skibbereen in the past week with West Muskerry schools to be covered after the mid-term break. St Fachtna’s transition year students class completed their Foundation Course in the past week with Scoil Pobail Bheanntrai and Beara Community School booked in for similar courses after the break. Foundation Courses were held in Kilmurry, Diarmuid O Mathunas and Beara with further courses booked for Canovee, Macroom and Aghinagh in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, an Award 1 coaching course will be held in Clonakilty GAA grounds on March 7th, 12th, 14th and 19th. Bookings via James or Shane Supple

Post primary schools coaching coordinator Noel Crowley has now visited most schools in the area in and surrounding Cork city and will now be moving to the western and northern areas over the coming weeks. He is assisting in setting up GDA managed programmes under the following headings:

  1. A) Focus on 1st years &2nd years where numbers permit)- Coaching and organizing Internal/External Blitzes

External blitzes: 9 aside, minimum three games each, provisional dates –April 13th (F) April 27th (H)

  1. B) Transition Year “Foundation Coaching Course” and “Young Referees Course”
  2. C) Any other assistance to the school, where possible.


(iv) Upcoming Coaching Courses

Full list here


(v) U17 Hurling – Celtic Cup

“The Celtic Cup is the only competition in hurling that has teams from all 32 counties participating and in total 106 games will be provided to 912 players on 38 teams.

The Celtic Cup is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June 2016. 38 regional and county teams will participate in the competition.

The programme will run from Wednesday 4th May to Saturday 18th

The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where a 7 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.

Each team will play a minimum of 4 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Qualifiers and Play Offs.

The Group Stages will consist of 7 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.

After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 4 Divisions prior to participating in the Qualifiers and Play-Offs where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level,

4 Finals will be played in Croke Park on Saturday June 18th, 2016.

In Cork, we will target this competition at players outside of county underage panels. At present, we will be entering two teams from within the county. Players on Cork Minor panels and Cork U17 panels in either football or hurling will be excluded. Trials will be held for players outside of these groups in the next month or so, following the official formation of county U17 panels. Further details to follow.


(vi) Coaching Vacancies –Gaeltacht Scheme

A part time coaching position is available in the Muskerry Gaeltacht area of Cork. This is a paid position for 15 hours per week. The applicant must be able to deliver sessions through Irish. CV’s or further queries to


(vii) Ciara O Brien Trust

“A Chairde,

I’m sure that you have heard media coverage of the unfortunate accident that has resulted in life changing injuries to a young member of community and club. Kinsale GAA club encourages all efforts to assist Ciara and her family as they bravely face the challenges of living with a spinal injury.

The club would like to encourage all our members to support Ciara and her family whenever possible.

The Trusts first Fundraising event will be the Caring for Ciara 5KM Fun Walk on Sunday 14th February 2016 – starting at 12 noon! Cards are also available by contacting: Kevin Sheehan at 086-3866552 or Mairead Cronin at 087-3238219. Alternately donations may be made to Ciara O’Brien Trust Account, AIB, Kinsale.

Is mise le meas,

William Corrigan”


(viii) Rebel Og Academy Development Squads

Following the previous last weekend’s U15 & U16 Finals, last Saturday saw eight U14 teams take to the field in the U14 Regional squads in St Vincent’s for the play off of the U14 Cup and Plate. After a tournament that has been run over the last several weeks alongside the U15 & U16 tournament, the eight squads were competing for top spots in both the Cup and the Plate. It was great to see so many good young footballers playing with almost 160 players taking to the field in the four final.  For photos and details click…

U14 Results were as follows:

A Cup Final: Cork South West A beat Cork North A

B Cup Final; Cork South West B drew with Cork North B

A Plate Final: Cork Mid-West A beat Cork City A

B Plate Final: Cork Mid-West B beat Cork City B

All regional football teams have now been disbanded and county squads will be selected in the coming months. With this in mind, two county U14 teams are scheduled to play Waterford over the mid-term break, with a selection of players at U15 and U16 level in both football and hurling assembling in the Mardyke Arena over the mid-term.

Hurling coordinator Sean Crowley organised trials at U15 and U16 level on Saturday last for players outside of the regional squads. Many thanks to all players who attended despite the terrible weather conditions. Football coordinator James McCarthy will run similar football trials in the next week or so.


(ix) Subsidised Hurling Helmets

Subsidised Hurling Helmets for under age Teams, up to and including Minor grade, at a cost of €35 each, are available from Coiste Chontae Chorcai. Please note: Minimum Order of 6 Helmets Applies. The allocation is as follows: Senior Clubs (75); Intermediate Clubs (50); Junior Clubs (40)

An Application form was circulated to all clubs this week and should be returned, with remittance, to Cork G.A.A. Office, Mainport, Monahan Rd., Cork.

Clubs will be contacted when helmets are ready for collection from Mycro Helmet Factory, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. The last date for Applications is 31/10/16.  Please note that the 2015 Scheme is now closed.


Le meas,

Caoimhín Ó Donnabháin, Oifigeach Oiliúna

Kevin O’Donovan, County Coaching Officer.

Ph. 086-7753567.