Post Primary Schools

Currently Post Primary Schools are running Internal blitzs in Hurling or Football or both for 1st & 2nd years., Your local GDA will be in contact with your school to assist and advise on these blitzs.  Each school that takes part will receive a set of training tops as a prize for your winners. In conjunction with the internal blitz we are currently running external blitzs where schools in your area are invited along to a venue to take part in a Hurling blitz on the 27th April and a Football Blitz on the 12 th May.  The aim of these blitzs are to encourage pupils in 1st year who are not involved in your school’s starting team to take part. Your local GDA will contact you with more information on each venue, starting times and schools involved.

The rules were simple and basic, play hurling have fun and enjoy the day.

Games are played in a blitz fashion with 3 pitches to each field, playing from sideline to sideline and from the end line to the 45 metre line, the second pitch is between the two 45.s in the middle of the field and the third pitch is from 45 to the other end line. Pitches were approx 90 metres x 45 metres with poles as goals. The scoring system is easy to keep track off,  goals only and the line up consists of 1 goalkeeper 3 backs 2 midfield and 3 forwards making for a fast moving game. To further help, Transition Year students are invited along to help referee these games and most of these students should had completed as part of the Transition Year Foundation Coaching Course a module on referees.

Games were 30 mins long and each team get to play 3 games on the day. If schools are interested in taking part please contact your local GDA (information available on the website here at GDA Info).

Post-primary schools Pilot Programme 2013/14 Proposed Partnership with Rebel Og Academy

All of the following is proposed menu of possible avenues for collaboration with schools. All proposals are subject to the interest of schools and the subsequent negotiations with the Mardyke Arena and Coiste na nOg. However, it provides a starting point for discussion.  Player Centred Triangulation – Club, School County

Pilot Schools Midleton CBS, St. Fachtna’s De La Salle Skibbereen, Rochestown College

Criteria for selection
High number of Academy players
Playing A grade schools competitions
Geographical dispersion
Three levels (2-year programmes)

(i) School of Excellence U13 /14 aligned with… 1st/2nd yr school team
(ii) Mardyke Arena / CIT Programme U15/ 16 aligned with… Junior school team
(iii) Cork Minor Programme U17/18 aligned with… Senior school team

The benefits of the proposed collaboration would include the following. If, for example, a school’s Dean Ryan team was paired with the Cork U15/ 16 programme, school players could access some of the players development programmes listed below. In other words if the Cork U16 hurlers were undergoing functional screening in the Mardyke Arena, the Midleton CBS Dean Ryan panel could be included and given gym programmes accordingly.

· Player development programmes –eg on-field skills testing, fitness testing at the Mardyke Arena see sample list below

o Bleep Test, V Jump / Speed, Anaerobic Test, Functional Screening
o Game Sense / Video analysis
o Goal setting / Sports psychology
o Mardyke Arena sessions; pilates, stretching, muscular endurance, core stability
o Gym programme
o Player education; nutrition, diary management, injury prevention, guest speakers
o Mardyke Arena services; hydrotherapy
o Nutrition / Hydration
o Skills coaching
o Skills testing

· Challenge games Mondays will be our internal match day, while Fridays will be our external match day. Schools could be incorporated under either format, given the overlap of players. If school facilities are adequate, squads can travel. If not, schools can attend the Mardyke Arena, St. Vincent’s etc where necessary.

· Facilities Through our partnership with the Mardyke Arena, we have access to unrivalled indoor facilities and, as described above, access could be shared with school panels.

· Coaches / Staff Given the high quality of mentors in both schools and squads, there is much scope for collaboration between coaches, in terms of providing sessions for one another.

· Trials School players that are outside of the squad panels, would constantly be in the ‘shop window’, through the matches between both panels.

· Mentor development A programme of continuous education for academy mentors will be in place for 2013/2014. Coaching courses and workshops could be made available to school coaches also.

· Profile It is hoped that the profile of the collaboration would have shared benefits for both the schools and the academy and both parties would be seen as leaders in their respective Fields, St. Vincent’s.

Post Primary Schools have traditionally been a key environment for the development of players through exposure to increased competition for places on School teams, and the participation of those teams in the many Colleges and Vocational Competitions at Junior and Senior Cycle level within Counties, Provinces and at National level.

Commitment from dedicated teachers who give of their time freely to foster our native games in their respective schools has been the cornerstone of this promotion and development and in turn legions of players have responded by wearing their school jerseys with distinction ensuring competitions for us to savour and remember.

Post Primary schools play a vital role in the development of young men and women who go on to play such a vital role in Irish life. The transition from childhood to adulthood is challenging, not only in playing terms but also on life’s journey, and the maintenance and further development of safe and positive environments for participation in Gaelic games is central to our role in our Post-Primary schools.

Participation in Post Primary Schools

The provision of participation opportunities in Gaelic games is a particular challenge in the Post-Primary School as pressure on academic standards increases and in light of the challenges which go hand in hand with the promotion of extra-curricular activities.

As a follow-on from the successful Go Games Programme in Primary Schools, a flexible developmentally appropriate small-sided games programme called Super (Touch) games has been established for implementation in Post-Primary Schools.

This Post Primary games programme is being replicated in Clubs, particularly within urban areas, and is aimed at providing games for 12 – 17 year old players not adequately served by regular school or club games through the traditional competitive structure.

Click here to find out more about some of the GAA’s Youth Participation Initiatives.

Click here to find out more about Gaelic games development initiatives for the Post-Primary School.

Inter-School Competitions

Inter-School Competitions at Post-Primary level provide the stage for some of our brightest up and coming talented players to perform. Renowned for their competitive nature and the commitment of the players some of these competitions are among the most famous to be played in Gaelic games.


Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna

Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna is the structure within the GAA that is responsible for the promotion of Gaelic games in Post-Primary Schools.

Visit the Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna website for further information.


College Main Contact School Number E mail address
Ballincollig CS Liam Jennings
Bantry CC Pat Curran
Baeal Atha an Ghaorthaidh Barra Coinceanainn 085-8319354
Beara CS Alan Sheedy 087-2310892
Boherbue CS Joe Carroll 086-8093245
Carrigaline CS Neil O’Keeffe 086-0604821
CBS Deerpark Eamonn O’Keeffe 086-3603431
Christian Brothers College Donal O’Mahony 086-8425394
Glanmire CC Seamus Kennifick 087-2206599
Clonakilty CC Michael O’Sullivan
Coachford College David Drummond 087-4119783
Col an Chraoibhin Shane Stapleton 087-9983301
Colaiste an Chroi Naofa Frank Lombard 086-8657634
Colaiste an Phiarsaigh Cian Quigley
Colaiste an Spioraid Naomh Sean Linehan 087-7527821
Colaiste Choilm
Colaiste Chriost Rí Aidan Moynihan 086-6266325
Colaiste Daibheid Tadgh Lyons 086-1203875
Colaiste Mhuire, Liam Lynch 022-23733
Colaiste Mhuire, Cobh Tim Cronin 021-4813800
Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven Denis Murphy
Colaiste Treasa John Brosnan 087-9491982
Colaoiste Ghobnatan Michael O Suilleabhain 026-45058
Davis College Michael Bradley
DLS Macroom Fergus Ryan 026-41832
Nagle Rice John Joe Breen
Douglas CS Ger MacNamara
Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG Ed Cronin 021-4307579
Hamilton High School Aidan O’Donoghue
Kinsale CS Niall Murphy 087-6565351
Mayfield CS Eric Bonass
McEgan College Daniel Twomey 026-41076
MICC Richard Forbes
Midleton CBS Seamus Murphy
Millstreet CS Brian Kelleher 029-70037
Mitchelstown CBS Willie Duggan 086-8346250
Mount St.Michaels Mike Keohane 087-7517236
Nagle CC 021-4358633
North Monastery CBS Eoin Maher
Patrician Academy, Cathal Heverin
Pobalscoil na Trionoide Brian Lotty 087-9836103
St. Francis, Rochestown
Liam Murphy 021-4891417
Rossa College John Dunlea 087-1368771
Schull CS Stephen Murray
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál St.John Cremin 087-6354739
Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk Tomas Twomey 086-3677881
St Colmans College (F) John Tobin
St. Colmans College  (M) Ed Burke 086-0585932
St. Fachtna’s DLS Colman O’Driscoll 028-21454
St. Brogans College Hugh Murphy
St. Fanahan’s Mike Walsh
St.Peters Joe O’Connor 021-4841599
Terence MacSwiney
David Newman