GAA Club Newsletter

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Club Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the GAA Club Nuachtlitir.


The GAA is putting together our GAA strategy for 2014-2017. As part of the consultation process we have developed an online survey to enable us to help shape the strategy. It is available on  only until the end of January and can be accessed on Please complete the survey as soon as possible.


There has been a great response to the survey so far, however it is very important that as many people as possible give their views and we are asking for your help to get the message out. Every voice is important. We really want to hear the views of all our members and supporters.


If people would prefer they can send their ideas in directly by or by post to GAA Future c/o Communications Department, GAA Croke Park, Dublin 3.  All those who complete this survey will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to an all Ireland final of their choice in 2014.


Many thanks for your help as always and looking forward to another great GAA year.


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,
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Lisa Clancy, Communications Director
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Club Registration

Clubs can now register their players and their members for the 2014 season on the GAA's online registration system (  Please ensure that all members, including all players, are registered. The deadline for registration to allow voting rights is March 31. Read More >

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Gambling Guidlines

The GAA and GPA have issued guidelines on gambling for club and county players and the wider GAA community.

Problems associated with gambling are increasing in Ireland – the Institute of Public Health estimates that up to 40,000 people could have a gambling disorder – and both Associations felt it was important to educate members about the issues involved. Read More >

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Helmet Standards

Special Congress in November 2013 passed motions in relation to the requirement to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standard set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI). It is the responsibility of each individual player to wear a helmet which meets the required standard.  The Referee has the power to order that all players are correctly attired and it is required by rule. Read More >

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Innovation Academy to deliver Community Enterprise Programme

The Innovation Academy, UCD and the GAA are collaborating on a new initiative aimed at promoting sustainable communities throughout Ireland. The Community Entrepreneurship Programme facilitates those in rural communities to take a fresh look at their resources and examine how they can best harness them. The programme is open to HEA Springboard applicants and participants who complete the Level 7 course will be presented with a Certificate in Community Entrepreneurship from University College Dublin. Read More >

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National Club Draw

There is great interest in the National Club Draw which was launched before Christmas, Clubs are advised to contact their County Treasurer if they require extra tickets.  Please note that an audit will be done of the Income raised by the Draw to the accounts of the Club to ensure full accountability of funds raised. Read More >

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Féile Competitions

A comprehensive review of the Féile competitions has been undertaken over the last year with a view to ensuring the competitions meet the developmental needs of the GAA youth player. This review was discussed at the January Central Council meeting and the format for 2014 competitions will be decided at the February meeting. Read More >

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Mouthguards are mandatory for players in all age grades, in all Gaelic football practice sessions and games. This rule has been mandatory for players in grades up to Minor since 2013 and applies to all age grades since January 1st 2014. Read More >

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GAA Healthy Club Project

Almost one year into Phase 1 of the GAA’s national Healthy Club Project, the 18 participating clubs are continuing to address the wellbeing needs of their members and the wider communities they serve. In January mental health advocate Conor Cusack supported a number of initiatives. Read More >

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New Rule 6.26 Policy for Under 7 to Under 13 year olds

GAA Annual Congress 2013 saw the passing Rule 6.26 to change the Association’s policy of Go Games (U.7-11) and games played at U.12/13 age level. Subsequently, the supporting policy document was drafted by the Games Development Committee and was approved by Central Council. This forms the basis of national policy, as an extension of Rule 6.26, and is effective as of January 1st, 2014. Read More >

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Allianz Leagues Admission Prices

The GAA has announced new reduced  ticket prices for pre purchased tickets for Division 1 and 2 Football and Division 1 Hurling games ahead of the start of this year's Allianz Leagues. Adult tickets purchased before the day of the games will now cost €10 where as the cost of entry on the day will be €15. Read More >

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Croke Park Classic

Give your loved one an experience they will never forget this Valentine’s Day with tickets for the Croke Park Classic which takes place on August 30th 2014. The game will see the University of Central Florida take on Penn State University in what is set to be an amazing spectacle of American College Football.  Tickets from €20. Read More >

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GAA Garda Vetting Guidelines

The GAA has released a Q&A document providing guidelines to Clubs and Counties in relation to Garda Vetting and the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. The Act will shortly be implemented.  All members of the Association who work at underage level must be vetted and should read the document to make themselves familiar with this upcoming legislation – more information can be obtained from the GAA’s National Children’s Office. Read More >

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Liberty Games Development Coaching Conference

The Liberty Insurance GAA Games Development Conference 2013/14 took place in Croke Park on  January 10th/11th last. The theme of this year’s Conference was ‘Inspiring Children: Fostering a Love of Gaelic Games’ and focused on supporting the Child Coach. 

The Conference was preceded on Friday night by a GAA Research Forum which gave delegates the opportunity to view presentations on a range of research that can be applied to Gaelic Games. Read More >

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