Cork GAA Coaching Update May 2017

(i) The Lord Mayors Cup Finals

The competition is a joint project between Cork GAA, Rebel Og and Cork Post Primary Schools and is organised by the coaching staff, headed up by GPO Noel Crowley. The qualifying rounds were played over six days, with hurling finals fixed for Fri May 12th and football finals Mon the 15th May in Pairc Ui Rinn .

The Lord Mayors Cup hurling finals took place in Pairc Ui Rinn on Fri May 12th. Having run off our play off games earlier on this month in Ballincollig, Bishopstown and Mayfield the last 6 teams through to the finals faced off in three games in Pairc Ui Rinn starting off at 11am.

Results from Hurling Finals
C Final – Col an Chraoibhin Fermoy 2-18  v St Brogans Bandon 2-7
B Final – Hamilton High Bandon  2-22 & Glanmire Community College 0-13
A Final – St Colemans Fermoy 1-18 v Midleton CBS 4-12

Results from Football Finals
C Final – Bandon Grammer 1-6 v Colaiste an Phiarsaig 3-6
B Final – Midleton CBS 1-6 v Mount St Michael Rosscarbery 4.13
A Final – Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig 4-13 v De La Salle Macroom 4-10

(ii) Rebel Óg Coaching Monster Blitz Season Underway

The  2017 Rebel Óg Monster Blitz Season is well underway across Cork County. With large numbers of U8’s taking to the fields and pitches every Saturday morning its great to so so much activity going on around the county at this age group. The Rebel Óg Monster Blitz Go Games Programme was officially launched at the Cork V Limerick U21 Football Championship game in Pairc Ui Rinn recently by Cork GAA Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan, Child Initiatives Co ordinator GDA Colm Crowley with Senior Administrator for Cork Diarmuid O’Donovan, Eoghan O’Connor Treasurer Rebel Óg,  Jim Healy Secretary Rebel Óg and Donal Ó Laocha Cork PRO.

(iii) Coach Education season closed until September

Since the start of the year we have seen a huge amount of activity with our Foundation level courses in Cork.  With the following Foundation Courses already finished Carrigaline, Newcestown, Blarney, Granard Gaels, Illen Rovers,  Clonakilty,  Aghinagh, Glantane,  Ballinora,  Whites Cross,  Midleton,  Valley Rovers,  Kildorrery,  Argideen Rangers,  St Finbarrs,  Ballincollig,  Buttevant,  Newmarket,  Bride Rovers,  Erins Own, Nemo Rangers and Douglas we will have over 450 Foundation coaches achieving Foundation level in their clubs.  Our Award 1 courses are also thriving. With over 160 coaches achieving the Award 1 status at the following venues. Mitchelstown, Kilara Og, Carrigtwohill, Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Glantane, Macroom, East Cork Teachers Course, Valley Rovers, Crosshaven the future looks bright for our club coaches

The Coach Education Programme cut off date for Club bookings was April 15th. No courses will be booked until next September 2017 when courses will once again. While formal courses are grabbing the headlines, our GDA’s are out in clubs every week delivering workshops and helping clubs put better coaching structures in place in line with our Benchmarking 2020 Vision Initiative.

Our Primary Schools are not being neglected either with 16 teachers attending a workshop in Banteer aimed at helping teachers improve physical literacy in their P.E. sessions. Further workshops are planned in the coming months in Cork City while Rebel Óg Coaching will run 2 Summer Courses for teachers in Clonakilty and Cork City.

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(iv) Regional Squad News

April and May were busy months for our Cork Squads.

Fé 14 Hurling
Sat 29th April a Fé 14 Inter Regional Hurling Blitz was held in Castlemartyr with our 4 Cork regional squads against Waterford teams , Cork East, Cork City, Cork North and Cork West won all their games against the Waterford 1 and 2 teams. Click here for more information

Fé 15 Hurling
Last weekend, the 4 Rebel Óg Fé 15 Regional Hurling Squads represented Cork in the Munster Inter Regional Tournament. The East and City Squads were very competitive on Saturday April 29th. The West and North Squads topped their groups to play on Monday May 1st in the competition semi finals. While the North Squad deserve huge credit for winning this competition, the overall level of the 4 Cork Regions was most pleasing, with all being competitive. Cork was the only county with a 4 way split on its pool of players.  Click here for more information

Fé 16 Hurling
In Ballyhea our Cork  Fe 16 A & B teams took on  Clare and Dublins A & B teams. Game 1 saw Cork win both games Cork A 2-13 v Clare A  0-5 and our Cork B 4-15 v Clare B 0-2 later in the day they played Dublin with Cork A 1-10 winning over Dublin A 0-9 and Cork B narrowly losing 1-14  to Dublin B’s 2-15 Click here for more information

Munster Under 17 Hurling
Cork wins over Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford in the Munster U17 Hurling Championship saw them crowned Munster Champions when they beat Waterford in Fraher Field Dungarvan in the Munster Final on April 25th. For more information and photos from this great win please visit our webpage here (Click Here). Well done to the Selectors John Considine – Manager (Sarsfields), Sean Crowley (Killeagh), Donal Burke (Midleton) and all the players involved.

Munster Under 17 Football
Cork defeated Waterford  in the Quarter-Final on April 4th then they followed this up with another comprehensive win over Limerick in Pairc Ui Rinn, however Kerry proved once again that they a harder team to beat and Kerry were declared Munster Champions for 2017 when the two sides played in the final on May 16th in Tralee on a score line of 15pts to 10pts. However the Cork selectors can be happy in reaching the Munster Final and hopefully can push on next year. Well done to the Manager: James McCarthy (Castlehaven) Selectors Brian Lotty (Glanmire), Ben Flahive (Douglas), Michael Beston  (Mitchelstown) and all the players involved.

Fé 18 Football
Kerry travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn to play Cork in this years Munster Minor Semi Final and came away with honors in this  encounter on a scoreline of Kerry 2-17 Cork 1-10. Good work was put in this year by Selectors Brian Herlihy (Dohenys), Bernie Collins (Castlehaven), Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers), Jim O Donoghue (St. Finbarrs), Noel O Leary, (Cill na Martra) well done to them and heres hoping next year sees the breakthrough

Fé 18 Hurling
This was followed up on Wednesday May 3rd with the Cork Minor Hurlers putting in an impressive performance in beating Waterford to setup a Munster Semi Final clash with Tipperary. For more information on that Click here for more information

Celtic Challenge
On Wednesday, May 03, 2017 in the Group B section of the Celtic Challenge Cup  our North Cork team overcame Kerry in Austin Stack Park while our West Cork team were beaten by West Limerick in Donoughmore and in Group E we had both Cork teams play each other in a great tight game Cork City v East Cork. Click here for more information

All of the above certainly is reliant on many variables but it is certainly encouraging to see such a spread of our squads competing so well at county level.

Great credit is due to the network of club coaches around the county who work so hard with players, our development squad mentors, schools coaches and our full time coaching staff who put the structures in place at squad level to help make the player pathway effective in allowing players reach their potential.


(v) Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps Website Launched 

The Kelloggs  GAA Cúl Camps are returning for 2017 and people can now book places online. Cork are again leading the way offering 114 camps and with an exciting range of gear for 2017 it is anticipated that demand will be near the 16,500 children who attended Cork camps in 2016. To register log on to


(vi) GAA for all – special needs players

(vii) GDA News Roundup

It has been another busy month in March for our GDA’s with our Monster Blitz programme for U7’s & U8’s as well as our leagues for our U9’s, U10’s & U11’s all starting this month. Here is a flavour of the work going on around the county in addition to all the above.

Pat Spratt has overseen coaching programme at Primary School level involving Ballygiblin NS,  Banteer NS,  Lyre NS,  Derrinagree NS,  Knocknagree NS,  Meelin NS and Freemount NS along with club visits to Mallow, Kanturk, Banteer and Fermoy as well as running the GAA for all programme.

James McCarthy has been busy in West Cork with u13 boys coming in for their first training and is very active with u 14 sessions in Skibbereen, Bantry, Macroom, Clonakilty Post Primary Schools and more sessions in Ballyvourney, Ballingeary Post Primary Schools. Our County U17 squads which James is managing have also been very active.

Sean Crowley Jack Lynch primary schools coaching continues post primary schools visits consisted of setting up blitzes. Midleton CBS coaching with 1st years . Easter camps for U13s in City and East Cork. U14 squad sessions during school break. Primary school coaching continues and visits arranged. Also involved with Cork U17 Hurling championships team.

Shane Supple has been busy in East Cork and overseeing our Coach Education program with courses and workshops exceeding last years targets as well as working in his local primary schools and Post Primary Schools with TY students. He has been meeting many clubs over the last number of weeks and will be contacting more over the next month.

Colm Crowley has been busy organising the U9, U10 & U11 leagues and running workshops for mentors of those teams in the different areas. He has also been meeting his clubs over the last few weeks and will be continuing to do so going forward as well as coaching in Kinsale Community School.

Paudie O Brien has overseen a coaching programme at Primary School level and is involved in the  Fé 16 Hurling squads and Fé 17 Celtic Challenge East Squad. Paudie has been coaching weekly in CSN Bishopstown and doing a TY Course in Carrigaline CS and will be adding sessions in Deerpark and Douglas CS in March.

Noel Crowley has been involved in St Colemans Fermoy Harty Squad on a weekly basis over the past number of months, he has been busy organising the Post Primary Schools blitzs and the up coming Lord Mayors Cup over the last few weeks and currently is organising our Cul Camps for 2017

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