The GDA’s

The Games Development Administrators (GDA’s) are assigned Regions/Divisions and are responsible for the development of Primary School, Post Primary School, Club and Coach Education Initiatives within these areas.

Meet the GDA’s

Ronan Dwane – Coaching Officer

Elected County Coaching Officer in December 2017 Ronan Dwane brings a wealth of experience from the playing fields of Cork to his role as Cork County Coaching  Officer, as a hurler he played at all levels for Cork from U16,U18, U21, Intermediate up to Senior. Born in Aghada, County Cork, Dwane first played competitive hurling at Midleton CBS Secondary School. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he linked up with the Cork minor team before later joining the under-21 and intermediate sides. He joined the Cork senior panel during the 1997 championship. At club level he was a two-time championship medalist with Imokilly, He also played with hie own club Aghada. Ronan has become involved in team management and coaching since his retirement from the playing field. As well as club coaching at various levels he has coached at inter-county level with various Cork teams in all grades including manager with the Cork intermediate team in 2015,16 & 17.

Kevin O’Callaghan – Games Manager

From Kilshannig Club, Kevin started working as a GDA in 2007, he became Games Manager in 2009. As Games Manager, Kevin is responsible for National GAA Projects as well as local development initiatives. He oversees the full time Cork GDA’s in the area of Coaching & Games Development. Kevin sits on the Coiste Na nOg Board and is a member of the County Fixtures Overseeing Committee. A member of the Kilshannig Club in North Cork, Kevin has a wealth of coaching experience having coached at all levels in his club over the past 15 years. A qualified Award 2 tutor, O Callaghan is also Coaching Officer in Kilshannig and has worked with Regional and County squads at all age groups as a volunteer and later full time staff member of Cork County Board. Kevin has overseen a huge transformation in underage GAA structures in Cork in the last 8 years from the growth of Cúl Camps (6.000 – 20,000), the provision of extra coaching personnel (3 to 8) and a structured games programme for boys aged 10 and younger (Monster Blitzes) and in the provision of new structures at squads level.. Interview with Kevin O Callaghan Click here

Pat Spratt – GDA North Region

Pat began working part time with Cork GAA in 2013. Pat got a full time  role with the Cork GDA’s for the North Region in 2014 and he is responsible for all activity in the North Region. A member of Buttevant GAA Club, Pat has a huge range of coaching experience training teams at all levels including teams in C.I.T., Glanworth, Eire Og and Avondhu as well as his own club where he currently trains the u12 team having managed the Junior Football team in 2015. Pat is very passionate about developing gaelic games in his Region and has put a very good structure in place in the football squads from u13 to u16 in North Cork. He has responsibility for the Youth Participation and been involved with the Cork 2018 U20 footballers. Pat is a qualified Award 2 Coach Education tutor and is one of our most experienced coaches.

Sean Crowley – GDA Cork City North Side

A member of Killeagh GAA Club, Sean worked as a GPO in Dublin for over 5 years before transferring to Cork in 2013 to work with the Cork GDA’s .  Sean coordinates the Rebel Og hurling squads and has a wealth of coaching experience having guided Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) to a county championship in 2012 and their camogie counterparts to an All Ireland title in 2011. Sean has also coached UCDs Fitzgibbon Cup team, various Dublin underage teams, including U21s. Locally, Sean coached Killeagh senior and underage teams in the past. He has coached the Cork 21 hurling team in 2016. He also heads up our Hurling Talent Academies.
Interview with Sean Crowley Click here

Colm Crowley – GDA Mid Cork, Child Initiatives Coordinator
086 3687799

Colm has over 10 years experience in Games Development in Full and Part Time roles. He worked as a Part Time schools coach in Sligo, over 6 years in Dublin as a Full Time Games Promotion Officer, with St Maurs and Na Fianna GAA clubs before taking up a role with Cork GDA’s in 2013 with his role now focused in the Mid Cork region.
Colm has a varied playing career playing with Killeagh, Glenbower Rovers, Faughs (Dublin), I.T. Sligo and inter county with Sligo. He successfully managed UCD Fresher Hurlers to the All Ireland in 2014.
As a coach, Colm was with the Dublin minor Hurlers from 2011-13 and won 2 Leinster titles and reached 2 All Ireland Finals also. Colm spent 3 years coaching the UCD Freshers, 1 year with Armagh senior Hurlers, 1 year with Sligo Minor Hurlers and was recently coach of the Killeagh minors who reached the Premier 1 Hurling final in 2014. Colm brings a wealth of experience to the role and is currently specialising in the Child (5-12 years) games side of things in club and school level.

Paudie O’Brien – GDA Cork City Southside

Paudie commenced work with the Cork GDA’s  in 2009. He recently worked in Muskerry-Carrigdhoun and has recently returned to his initial base in Cork City this time covering the City Southside area. He is  currently involved with his home club Midleton and coached Midleton U14 to their first ever Cork County Feile hurling title in 2014  and Premier 1 Football Championship in 2015. In the past he had coaching roles with Midleton Senior Hurling team, the Imokilly Senior Hurling team and was part of the Cork minor hurling coaching team in 2008 and 2009. Paudie is  a qualified Award 2 Coach Education tutor and is one of our most experienced coaches.

James McCarthy – GDA West Region

James managed his native Castlehaven to Senior Football County titles in 2003 and 2012 and was on the panel when they won their first senior title in 1989.He also coached his club to u21 county success in 1998. He started working a full time with the Cork GDA’s in November 2014 after spending the previous 2 years working on a part time basis with Rebel Óg Coaching. He has been a primary school coach for the past 8 years. James has coached at all levels in his club and has worked with multiple development squad panels in the past 5 years. He is a qualified Master Tutor at Foundation/Award One level and as a Code of Best Practice Tutor. In his current role James heads up our Football Talent Academies and is assigned to the Beara, West Muskerry and West Carbery clubs.

Paudie Crowley –  Games Promotion Officer for the Carbery division

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 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.

Martin O Brien – Acting GDA for Avondhu East

Martin has been involved in coaching initiatives since 2016 when he commenced a Community Employment Scheme in the North Cork region.
Hailing from the Liscarroll Churchtown Gaels club, Martin is an active member in a playing and coaching capacity. Martin works in conjunction with Pat Spratt (GDA) covering the North Region with specific responsibilities for the clubs in the East of the Region along with overseeing the U14 Football Development Programme. Other key elements of his role include Primary School coaching, teacher education and supporting clubs in coach development and hands on practical coaching. Martin works well with the regional squads in both hurling and football. Martin is a fully qualified Foundation Award tutor with Cork GAA. He possesses years of experience, both from a playing and coaching perspective.

Fachtna O’Connor – Games Promotion Officer Blarney and Bishopstown

087 6811760

The Blarney and Bishopstown GAA clubs have joined together to fund a games promotion officer who will promote Gaelic games in eight local schools a unique initiative funded completely by the two clubs, the first of its kind in Cork.

The clubs have jointly appointed Fachtna O’Connor as Games Promotion Officer. An active member and PRO of his club, Cullen, he has played U16 football for Cork and has coached county U14 and U15 development teams. Fachtna, 25, holds a BA in Business Studies with Sports Management from Limerick Institute of Technology.  He has worked with the Cork GAA Games Coaching Administrators to organise Cúl and Rebel Óg camps and provided skills coaching and fitness training to various development and regional squads in Cork.  Fachtna’s coaching will focus on fundamental movements such as agility, balance and coordination, key skills that are integral to the physical development of children.

For more news and activities with Cork GDA’s please check out our news page