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GAA Club Newsletter - September/October 2011

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  • GAA Club Support Programme
  • "The GAA - County by County"
  • GAA Club Planning Programme
  • Club AGM's
  • ASAP Programme to feature at International Conference
  • GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour
  • GAA Social Initiative

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Welcome to the September/October edition of the GAA Club Nuachtlitir.

The first and third Sundays of September saw the culmination of the GAA Hurling and Football All-Ireland Senior and Minor Championships with Kilkenny (Senior Hurling) and Galway (Minor Hurling), Dublin (Senior Football) and Tipperary (Minor Football) victorious in their respective finals. As we reach the middle of October, GAA Club Championships come back into sharp focus with many Clubs harbouring aspirations of reaching Croke Park in February and March of next year.

A Club newsletter questionnaire was also issued in August and we would like to thank all Clubs who filled it out. The feedback and comments were most welcome with many of the recommendations to be incorporated into the newsletter over the coming months.

We thank Clubs for distributing the newsletter to their members and would encourage Clubs to continue to do so. Should you have any feedback on any aspect of what we are trying to do, please feel free to contact our Communications Department through   

Is Mise le meas,

Lisa Clancy,
Director of Communications
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael


club support

The Croke Park Conference Centre and The Croke Park Hotel have joined forces to launch an innovative new programme to generate funds for local GAA clubs. The GAA Club Support Programme offers GAA clubs from all over Ireland and overseas the opportunity to benefit from their supporters’ choice to select The Croke Park Hotel for accommodation and to choose the Croke Park Conference Centre for meetings, conferences, dining functions, receptions or exhibitions.

A rebate of 5% based on accommodation and food spend at The Croke Park Hotel and on room hire and pre-booked food spend at the Croke Park Conference Centre, will be made to the  GAA supporter’s chosen GAA club at no extra cost to that supporter. To ensure 5% of spend for the nominated club, all that is required is that the club’s name is quoted at the time of booking or selected on the hotel’s online booking page – it couldn’t be easier!

For example, if 10 weekend stays including breakfast and a dinner were booked at The Croke Park Hotel by members or supporters of any one club, that club could stand to receive between €150 and €180. If a function room was booked for 100 people, with lunch, at the Croke Park Conference Centre the nominated club could potentially earn between €250 and €400.

For further information and booking details, please


county by county book

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana officially launched on October 11 “The GAA – County by County”, a sequel to “The GAA – A People’s History” launched in November 2009, as part of the Association’s 125th Anniversary.

The book is part of the ongoing GAA Oral History Project commissioned by the Association with the project undertaken by Boston College, Dublin.

“The GAA – County by County”, authored by Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse tells the story of how the GAA has left a unique imprint on every Irish county and Irish communities overseas with people and place, sport and identity at the heart of this book.

Organised county by county, the highs and lows of on-field activity are charted and the various forces that have shaped the personality of the GAA across each county – social, economic, geographic and political – are examined.

Priced at €29.99/£26.99 and published by Collins Press, the book is now available in all reputable book stores across the country or


club planning

70 Club Planning facilitators from around the country attended a recent training day in Croke Park to discuss all aspects of the GAA's Club Planning Programme. This facility is available to all Clubs to help put a five year development plan in place.

Ballygarvan, Mungret St. Pauls and Leixlip are just three of the clubs who have undertaken this programme. Here is what their respective club chairpersons had to say:

Ballygarvan GAA Club, Cork – Joe Kennefick

“Developing the plan gave everyone in the club a great focus. It brought the community together and got people discussing how the club could progress.”

“One great spin off from doing this exercise is that it has helped us to get new people involved in the club, including people who are new to the area and would have had no previous connection with the club.”

Mungret St. Pauls GAA Club, Limerick – John Furey

“The workshop was very positive from our point of view. There was great enthusiasm there, positive feedback and commitment from the members to get the plan done.”

“It was great to see new faces there. It is normally difficult to get people to attend a meeting, but people were more than willing to attend this workshop.”

St. Marys GAA Club, Leixlip, Kildare – Robbie Murphy

“We had over 120 at our workshop and 40 new people volunteered to help in the club. There was very positive feedback and it was great to see so many people present who want to drive this club forward”.

For further information, go to the Club Development Programmes page on the Clubzone section on available at

To implement the programme, please contact your County Development Officer.


club agm

It is coming to that time of the year when Clubs prepare for and hold the Club AGM. This is the most important meeting of the year and should be held before the end of November (Rule 8.3 Club Constitution) so that it has taken place before the County Convention.

Club Members are entitled to at least 28 days notice of the meeting and the procedure for informing them are outlined in rules 8.5.2 and 8.5.3 of the Club Constitution. For further information, consult the chapter in the section on club meetings in the Club Advice Manual in the club zone of the GAA website available at

For a copy of the Club Constitution, please click here.



The GAA’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme officer, Colin Regan has been invited to deliver a keynote address at Ireland’s first international conference and exhibition on behavioural health, including addiction disorders.

The conference is being hosted by Toranfield House, one of the country’s top private rehabilitation clinics, and will be held from Thursday, November 10 to Saturday, November 12, in the Powerscourt Ritz Hotel, Enniskerry, Wicklow. Those in attendance will be introduced to new concepts and the latest thinking around addiction, recovery and mental health.

Our ASAP programme representative was invited to contribute due to its unique role in the area of alcohol and drugs education and response in an Irish sporting context. On the Thursday of the event (from 11.30am-1pm), National Coordinator of the ASAP programme, Colin Regan, and chairperson of the National ASAP Committee, Brendan Murphy, will outline their plans to roll-out a pilot programme of training for GAA coaches in brief interventions.

Their proposed model, SAOR, has been designed by James O’Shea and Paul Goff, of the HSE, who will also contribute on the day. The discussion will be chaired by former Armagh All-Ireland winner and GAA All Star Oisín McConville.

GAA members with an interest in, or working in the area, can receive a special discount for the three-day conference (€250 instead of €300) by entering a special offer code: GAANEAR on the registration page online at


gaa museum

GAA Clubs – Take a group picture with the Sam Maguire or Liam MacCarthy!

Why not visit the GAA Museum, enjoy a tour of Croke Park and take home a memorable photo on your next club outing?

A typical visit to Croke Park includes a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stadium, as well as a chance to explore the GAA Museum's exhibits and visit the interactive games area. To make the visit extra special, GAA Clubs can arrange to have a picture of their group taken with the Sam Maguire or Liam MacCarthy trophies.

We’re offering a special discounted rate for all GAA clubs who visit before December 31, 2011.

GAA Club groups will receive a 25% discount off the group admission rates as follows: Adults €9, Children €6.50, Students/Seniors €7.50. We welcome group bookings for a minimum of 20 people. To make a booking, call 01-8192374 or email Please note that we also offer one adult/supervisor free admission for every 10 children in the group.

The GAA Museum exhibition area houses a touch-screen Clubs Database which allows visitors to access information on every affiliated GAA club. Each club secretary has received log-in and password details which allow clubs to upload photographs and information on history, players, and titles won, fundraising, blitzes and new buildings etc.

To ensure that your club is represented on this database please login with your unique login and password and update your club information. We want to hear all your news!


social initiative

As you may be aware, the second GAA Social Initiative Seminar will be held on October 15 in Croke Park and clubs are strongly encouraged to send two delegates to attend and contribute to the Seminar.

A number of clubs have yet to submit details of their attendance. It would be greatly appreciated if you could confirm your attendance as soon as possible to Joan Cooney at

The latest edition of the GAA Social Social Initiative (August/September) was sent to Clubs recently. For a copy of the newsletter, please visit