Cork GAA Coaching Update Jan 29th 2016

(i) Important information from Croke Park on the eligibility of players for the adult grade in 2016.


From 1st January 2016 the following changes to Rule 6.16 (Age Grades) apply:

  • A player who wishes to play Adult Club must be over 17 years (Must be 17 before 1st January 2016)
  • A player who wishes to play Adult Inter-County must be over 18 years.
  • A player who wishes to play U21 Club – must be under 21 and over 16 years.
  • A player who wishes to play Inter-county U21 must be under 21 years and over 18 years.
  • Rule 6.21 (c) Inter County Players Availability to Clubs:

A player on an Inter-County minor panel shall not play in Adult Club League Competitions / Challenge Games until his Inter-County activity for the year is concluded.  An inter-county panelist is defined as a player listed in a panel of 24 players on March 1st, and which may be amended and confirmed to the County Secretary on a monthly basis thereafter.


(ii) Injury Prevention Survey

The Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee is currently supporting a survey on Injury Prevention. Please circulate the link below to any coaching mailing lists you might have:

Any queries to be directed to Gearóid Devitt, Secretary to MSW –; 01 865 8610



(ii) GDA Activity

All GDAs are currently contacting clubs regarding upcoming visits to assist in planning their coaching programme to achieve the Rebel Og Coaching Benchmarks for 2016. If you have not received communication from your GDA, contact Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan at

North Cork GDA Pat Spratt completed club planning workshops in Mallow, Kilavullen, Ballyclough and Kanturk in the past week, with Mitchelstown/Ballygiblin, Duarigle Gaels, Milford, Freemount and Kilara Og receiving visits in the next week or so. Meanwhile, Cullen NS, Millstreet Convent, Dromagh NS, Boherbue NS, Liscarroll N.S, Churchtown NS, Kilbrin N.S, Ballyhass NS, Meelin NS have all completed a two week senior infant programme in the North Region and the next batch of schools starting next week are as follows: Knocknagree N.S, Ballydesmond NS, Dernagree NS, Rathcoole N.S, Freemount N.S, Shandrum N.S. At post-primary level the focus has been on Charleville CBS.

East Cork GDA Shane Supple has had club meetings with Youghal, Glanmire, Kiltha Og, Fr O Neills and plans to meet Erins Own, Killeagh, Castlelyons, St. Ita’s, St Colman’s, Cloyne and Aghada, over the next few weeks. He has visited Kilcredan NS, Conna NS and Aghada NS, Kyle NS, Inch NS, Park NS and plans to visit schools in the following areas over the next few weeks Youghal, Killeagh, Ballynoe, Castlemartyr and Dungourney.

Sean Crowley, North City GDA, has completed club visits in Ballincollig, Whitechurch, Glen Rovers and Carraig Na Bhfear in the past week, with workshops planned in Whites Cross, Blarney and Delaney’s next week. Primary school visits are scheduled for Watergrasshill and Glenville next week also.

Mid Cork GDA Colm Crowley has attended club meetings in Crosshaven, Valley Rovers, Donoughmore, Bandon, Ballinascarthy, Courcey Rovers and Sliabh Rua over the past few weeks. Plans are being currently being drawn up with Sliabh Rua, Bandon, Ballinascarthy and Oliver Plunkett’s to provide additional coaching assistance in the primary schools which will be directly linked to the club nursery program. Post primary coaching is currently ongoing on St. Brogan’s, Bandon.

South West GDA James McCarthy has held club visits with Ilen Rovers, Clondrohid, Kilmichael, Ballingeary, and Iveleary over the last ten days and has planned visits for Aghinagh, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Muintir Bhaire, Gabriel Rangers, Kilmeen and Clonakilty in the next week or so. Coaching courses are scheduled for Beara clubs in Castletownbere Primary School on Feb. 3rd and 10th and in Diarmuid O Mathunas, Kilmurry and Canovee GAA clubs in next two weeks. There will be a Award One Course starting on Monday, March 7th  for West Cork club coaches. Places are limited. James has also held post primary coaching in Rossa College and St. Fachtna’s in the past week and plans to attend the west Muskerry schools over next two weeks.


(iii) Physical Development Programmes for Coaches of Club Teenage Players concludes this Monday, February 1st in Clonakilty Convent Hall @8pm

Over sixty coaches attended the second of the series of physical development workshops in The Mardyke Arena on last Monday night. This physical development programme was designed for development squad panels by Jeff Gomez of the Mardyke Arena and was implemented by sixteen 4th year students from the Physical Education Degree course in UCC, under the supervision of Dr. Wesley O’Brien in November and December.

It is now being extended to club players through a series of workshops delivered by Dr. O’Brien, with the assistance of a number of his students. All club coaches are welcome and will be provided with the content and guidance on implementing the six-week programme. Content will be emailed to participants subsequently.
Venue; Clonakilty Sports Centre – Convent Hall @8pm
Fee: €10 to reserve places or book online here.

(iv) Camogie / Hurling Workshop with Paudie Butler and others in Mallow on Tuesday, February 2nd

Munster Camogie will host a skills coaching workshop on Tuesday February 2nd, from 7 to 8.30pm at Mallow GAA Complex. Content will be delivered by: Paudie Butler, Fiona O’ Driscoll, Esther O’ Leary, Ollie Troy, St John Cremen and Rob Lotty. The workshop is open to all and content is suitable to coaches of both boys and girls.
Fee: €10 to reserve places or book online here.


(v) Coaching Workshop with Sean Dempsey in Mallow on Friday, February 19th          

“Individual & Team Attacking play through Games Based Training (youths/adults)

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 and team attacking prowess through games based training.


Venue; Mallow GAA Complex (Indoor Astroturf) @7.30pm

Fee: €10 to reserve places or book online here.

(vi) Upcoming Coaching Courses

Full list here

(vii) 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 and 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.


 (viii) Two GAA Coaching Vacancies – CE Scheme & Gaeltacht Schemes

Cork GAA CE Scheme has a coaching position available for suitably qualified applicants. Please see the link below for further details.

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


(ix) Kellogg’s Cul Camps 2016

Thank you to all clubs that have forwarded their 2016 dates and coordinator details. Those who haven’t are asked to do so immediately via as the Kellogg’s Cul camp web site will be going live a month earlier this year.


(x) Rebel Og Academy – Inter –Regional Competitions

Well done to the Cork East U16 hurlers who has a narrow victory over their Northern counterparts, in last weekend’s cup final. The Cork West hurlers were victorious over the Cork City team in the plate final.

With the inter-regional competitions coming to a conclusion over the next few weeks, ahead of the start of the club season there are further games this weekend at the ‘Old Mon Fields’ in St. Vincent’s. Contact football coordinator with any queries.

Due to weather, the U14 inter-regional football games scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th will not go ahead. Details of the U15 and U16 games are as follows:


Saturday, January 30th

U16 Finals at the ‘Old Mon’ Fields, St Vincent’s.

11am                    Plate Final – Cork South West v Cork Mid West

12:30pm             Cup Final – Cork North v Cork City / East


Sunday, January 31st

U15 Finals at the ‘Old Mon’ Fields, St Vincent’s.

10:30am              Plate Final – Cork City / East v Cork Mid West

12pm                    Cup Final – Cork West v Cork North


Le meas,

Caoimhín Ó Donnabháin, Oifigeach Oiliúna

Kevin O’Donovan, County Coaching Officer.

Ph. 086-7753567.