Today, the GAA launched its official page on Facebook in the presence of Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, 2011 All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Cian O’Sullivan and Lisa Clancy, Director of Communications of the GAA.

The GAA is asking all members and supporters to answer a global GAA call and ‘like’ Official GAA on Facebook to unlock access to exclusive news, updates, competitions, and more throughout the year.

As part of the launch, and to demonstrate the GAA’s commitment to the whole area of social media, Dublin football defender Cian O’Sullivan held a live Twitter chat through @officialgaa. Check out #GAAQandA for all the questions and answers.

Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the GAA world through social and digital media has never been easier. With nearly 17,000 followers on Twitter @officialgaa brings the latest news, match updates and results direct to its followers.

Apps across three smartphone platforms, iPhone, Android and Nokia also give members and supporters access to the latest news, videos and match tracker updates for key games.

Dublin footballer, Cian O’Sullivan added: “I look forward to keeping up to speed with all things GAA through Facebook, in addition to the information provided through Twitter and gaa.ie”

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialgaa or by searching on “Official GAA”.

Follow us on Twitter@officialgaa.

 

 

29-Feb-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Spend the day at the home of Irish sport…

Take a tour of Croke Park stadium and visit the GAA Museum.

Enjoy lunch overlooking Ireland’s most famous pitch.

As part of the GAA’s Social Initiative, the GAA Museum at Croke Park is offering your club members the chance to immerse themselves in gaelic Games with this exclusive offer.

Firstly you’ll take a guided tour of Croke Park stadium and sneak a peek behind the scenes of one of Europe’s most historic, yet modern, sporting arenas. The tour will transport you into the world of the players and you’ll visit the dressing rooms and players lounge before enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the pitch from the stands. Your guide will also take you pitch side through the players tunnel and you’ll tour the corporate level.

You’ll then visit the GAA Museum where you can watch footage from every All-Ireland final since 1938. The Museum also includes a magnificent trophy display and you can take a detailed look at the birth and growth of the GAA. 

This offer is available throughout 2012 and the best news of all is that on Mondays the guided tour and museum visit costs just €5 per person. The cost is only €6.50 for each visitor every other day of the week.

Finish off your special day with lunch in a corporate box overlooking the pitch. Our tailored menu includes a choice of chicken or salmon main course plus tea and coffee. This lunch will cost your group just €10 per person.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact tours@crokepark.ie or call 01 819 2323. 

 

 

29-Feb-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

Club Officer Training was held in the Community School, Carrick on Shannon on Friday night (24/2/12) where turnout was smaller than expected.

Club Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers, PRO’s and ASAP Officers were able to avail of the excellent training and guidance offered by the key note guest speakers from Croke Park together with officials from Leitrim and Connacht GAA.

 

 

27-Feb-12 by Colette Fox – PRO

An Under 17 development squad trial will take place in Kiltubrid on Wednesday 5th October at 7:30pm.

This trial is open to players in their final year at U-17 (born 1994).

Clubs are asked to send in players they believe to be of a good enough standard for inter county football.

Any queries can be addressed to Padraig McGourty, Coaching Officer.

 

 

03-Oct-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Applications for Connacht GAA Club Development Grants and Major Ground Club Development Grants are now been taken.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 7th October 2011.

Application Forms & procedures can be sourced through Connacht GAA.

 

 

27-Sep-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

As was outlined at the start of 2011 referee education now falls under the remit of the County Coaching Committee.
 
It is important that we continue to recruit new referees so that the fixtures programme can be delivered in a timely manner every year.

It is proposed to hold a Foundation Level Referees course for new referees in the Autumn.
 
Can each club please forward the names of suitable people who are interested in becoming referees to me as soon as possible so we the course can be scheduled?
 

Mise le fíor mheas,
 
Padraig MacDhorcai
Oifigeach Oiliuna
Coiste Chontae Liatroma CLG
email: coachingofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie
Mobile Phone: 086-8106431
Home Phone: 071-9133829

 

 

19-Jul-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Curtain Raiser: Leitrim Dev Squad vs. Roscommon Dev Squad 12noon 

The under 14 squad will play a Roscommon selection as a curtain raiser to the Connacht Senior Football Semi Final on Sunday next.

This will be a great experience for these young lads and we hope they enjoy the day.

 

 

 

07-Jun-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Club Officer Training will take place in the Community School, Carrick on Shannon on Friday 22nd April 2011 at 7pm

The following Club Officers are required to attend,

Chairperson
Secretary
Treasurer
PRO.

 

 

07-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

U-16 Developmen’€’t Squad Trials

The management team is now in place for the U-16 Development Squad.  The management team is: Enda Lyons (Carrigallen), Joe Cox (Annaduff), Hughie Clinton (Dromahair).

They are proposing to run a number of trials over the next few weeks. The dates for these trials are as follows:

Saturday 16th April – Ballinaglera – 10am
Wednesday 20th April – Kiltubrid – 7:30pm
Saturday 23rd April – Ballinaglera – 10am

The development squad is limited to players in their final year at the U-16 grade.  In the interest of the smooth running of these trials could all clubs forward names of individuals they believe to be of the appropriate standard who will be attending these trials.

email: coachingofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie

Telephone Padraig McGourty
Mobile Phone: 086-8106431
Home Phone: 071-9133829

 

 

06-Apr-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Centre of Excellence on track as GAA appeal for Support 

Article by John Connolly (Leitrim Observer)

Leitrim GAA have made a renewed appeal to the countys fans to row in behind this years Leitrim Supporters Club draw after they revealed that the countys teams will be using the new Centre of Excellence from September 2012.

Leitrim GAA County Board Chairman Joe Flynn and Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney told the Leitrim Observer that the two all-weather pitches are ready for seeding and work is already well underway on the extended dressing room complex at the new Leitrim GAA Centre of Excellence.

And both officials have asked the people of Leitrim to get behind the current Leitrim Supporters Club campaign after they revealed that the entire project in Annaduff has not yet cost the Board anything.

"The two full-sized and match capable pitches are ready for seeding and once we allow 15 to 16 months for the bedding in process, the new Centre of Excellence will be fully operational and available to all County teams, mens and ladies, and development squads," Joe Flynn revealed.
"The building of the extended dressing room complex is already under way, which will include four dressing rooms, a kitchen, an indoor handball alley and a weights room while the floodlights will be 350 lux, which is the requirement from Croke Park to stage matches. We considered the location very carefully as it is ideally located for our players travelling from Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Kinlough, etc." However, Joe agreed that while the County Board have not had to levy clubs or dip into their own reserves, the success of the Leitrim Supporters Club draw is never more important. "Thankfully we havent had to dip into our own finances for the construction work to date but I particularly want to pay tribute to the clubs of Leitrim who agreed to put the €250,000 grant that we received thanks to the opening of Croke Park to other sports towards the cost of the Centre of Excellence. "We are definitely hoping that we wont have to levy clubs for this development in the years to come if the Supporters Club draw is successful. We have been operating under a very tight budget for the last few years and I wish to acknowledge the help of the clubs of the county. "We are hoping that a successful Supporters Club Draw will enable us to ease the financial burden on the County Board and enable us to push on and complete the project on time.
 
Secretary Diarmuid Sweeney revealed that, for once, the financial down-turn has helped Leitrims cause – "The tendering process has been supervised in conjunction with Croke Park and the prices did come down over the lifetime of the project. "We did re-tender the project twice and we have made major savings in that time. Croke Park helped with the tendering process for the construction of the pitches and the dressing rooms complex.

"Croke Park also insisted that we install a spectator facility for 250 people and the Centre of Excellence will be available for schools games, which is a major burden for schools during the winter. We are also going to implement a time-management structure for the Centre as we want to ensure that the county football and hurling teams, ladies teams and development teams all have full access to the Centre. The two pitches will be well able to stand up to the proposed usage and we have also signed a six year maintenance contract for the grounds."
Appealing for the countys clubs to get behind this years Supporters Club Draw, Joe Flynn said "We have changed the format this year in that we have allocated all clubs a specific amount to sell. We believe that it is a realistic amount and all clubs are required to sell their allocation and the Supporters Club Draw is so important to us as a County Board to be able to prepare our teams to the highest standards."

With €850,000 already spent on the purchase of the grounds and the development to date of the Centre of Excellence in Annaduff, which has been funded completely so far thanks to grants from Croke Park. Leitrim GAA County Board estimate that the entire cost of the project will come between €1.7 and €2 million.

Many thanks to John Connolly in the Leitrim Observer for allowing us to re-produce the above article.

Tickets are currently on sale in all the clubs of the county at a price of €40 with every ticket sold seeing the purchaser receive their Leitrim Supporters Club 2011 Car sticker and a specially commissioned Leitrim Supporters Club Scórf to mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the club. Members will also be in with a chance of winning a number of fabulous prizes in the supporters club draw. 

Please contact your club to renew or join the Leitrim Supporters Club.  Alternatively contact myself (Collette Fox – PRO Leitrim GAA) by email pro.leitrim@gaa.ie or on 0866020192.

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT.

 

 

 

 

11-Mar-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

Referees in service training workshop will take place on this Friday night March 11th at 8pm in thBush hotel. Workshop will be conducted by Francis Finan.

Kindly notify all referees in your club.

 

 

07-Mar-11 by Colette Fox – PRO

GAAs initiative for jobless players

Minister Eamon O Cuiv presented the Tús programme to director general Paraic Duffy and president Christy Cooney, as well as a number of other sporting organisations on Tuesday last, which aims to provide funding for those bodies to create new jobs in a bid to stave off the threat of emigration.

“The programme is encouraging the GAA, and other sporting bodies as well, to take on unemployed players as coaches. We would see serious possibilities in that regard to try and find work for players that are unemployed. That will be on the agenda for us. There is more to come from the department and we would be anxious to play our part in that.”

Duffy confirmed that the Government would provide the funding for the scheme and hinted the new roles would not be confined to inter-county players.

“They are going to be paying the bill, while we would be providing the training and all of that, but essentially it is Government funding. In fairness, they would like to see us playing a major role because we have the numbers and the coaching structure on the ground. The FAI were there as well and some other organisations. We are probably the biggest in terms of numbers. I think there will be a commitment to get involved in that,” he said.

“They would like us to take on maybe 100, 200 people, probably players, unemployed players. They could be quickly upskilled in terms of coaching and the department will provide funding around that. We are going to look very closely at that. We do have a responsibility, but its not easy. I know people say to us that the GAA should be doing something. But its not easy. It is something we will be looking at very early in the new year to get off the ground as quick as possible.”

In Duffys last media engagement before the new year, he revealed he had presented his discussion document on payments to Managers to the GAAs management committee last weekend.

“They felt they wanted time to consider it because it is a fairly lengthy document. We have a meeting on January 8 or 15, so it is a matter for them to decide where it goes from there,” he said.

Time

“My work is done, I have passed it on to Coiste Bainisti and they said that they wanted time to consider it in more detail.

“The hope is that it would initiate a discussion that in turn would lead to policy. That is important to stress that this is not a policy document and the hope is that from this, a policy would emerge on the whole issue of payments to Managers.”

The Monaghan native also cleared the way for the mooted International Rules games between Dublin and Melbourne to honour the achievements of Jim Stynes. Collingwood toyed with a similar idea a number of years ago, but the match never came to pass.

“I wouldnt have a problem, no, particularly in terms of Jimmy Stynes. I couldnt imagine any issue in principle or anything like that.

“They havent been in contact with us yet.”

– News Story courtesy of Donnchadh Boyle (Irish Independent)

 

 

 

20-Dec-10 by Colette Fox – PRO