GAA open next stage of award winning Healthy Club Project

 The Healthy Club project aims to transform GAA clubs into health-enhancing hubs for their communities

  • With flagship Healthy Clubs now in every county of Ireland, the GAA is calling on more clubs to get involved
  • So far, over 12,000 people have benefitted from physical activity programmes and 50% of Healthy Clubs are now smoke-free zones
  • 1,000 people engaged with mental health and emotional wellbeing programmes
  • Over half (55%) of Healthy Clubs delivered healthy eating programmes targeting teenagers in particular
  • Dublin Ladies Footballer Lyndsey Davey, Waterford Hurler Jamie Barron and Mayo Footballer Diarmuid O’Connor leading the call for clubs to get involved
  • 58 active Healthy Clubs, with 39,000 members delivering a range of projects including physical fitness, mental wellbeing and community initiatives

 [Tuesday, 16th January 2018] An independent evaluation by the Centre for Health Behaviour Research, Waterford IT, has revealed that the GAA Healthy Club Project (HCP) is showing significant and lasting improvements to the health of communities across Ireland[1]. Stemming from this, the Healthy Club Project is calling on further clubs to make the GAA a healthier place for everyone to enjoy by signing up to this transformative initiative.

The HCP began in 2013, in partnership with Healthy Ireland, HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, and kindly supported by Irish Life. Its aim is to make every GAA club in Ireland a hub for health, capable of providing their members and communities with programmes that support their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

As part of the HCP to date, 58 clubs have delivered 350 initiatives covering: physical activity, healthy eating, mental fitness, gambling, alcohol and drug education, training and personal development, anti-bullying, anti-smoking and community development. The evaluation by Waterford IT revealed that approximately 60-80%1 of these initiatives were having a medium to high impact on members’ health.

Launching the next stage of the HCP, Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “Congratulations to the GAA clubs that have already taken part in the Healthy Club Project. You are leading the charge and have already made a hugely positive contribution to the communities you serve.

The Government recently launched the Healthy Ireland 2018 campaign by which we want to encourage people to make positive choices to improve their physical and mental health. These positive choices are based around three key areas – eating more healthily, being more active, and minding our mental wellbeing. The Healthy Club Project is a great example of one of our key sporting organisations working in partnership with the health sector to help people achieve these positive changes.”

Aogán Ó Fearghail, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said: “Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about and the Healthy Club Project aims to build on this by making our clubs hubs for health that everyone can experience and enjoy. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing the project from 60 to 150 clubs in this new phase.”

There are numerous examples of the positive impact the HCP is having within communities across Ireland, one such example is the “Men on the Move” (MOTM) programme. MOTM is a 12-week programme funded by the HSE and delivered through the LSP network, aiming to promote physical activity and general wellbeing among men over the age of 30.

The 12 week results of the Healthy Club participants showed an average weight loss of 2kg, and an average waist circumference drop of 3-4 cm, maintained at the 26-week check. There was also a one-minute improvement in the time to complete one mile.

Participants also recorded improvements to their social and emotional wellbeing. The programme brought men together and provided them with the opportunity to exercise at their own pace, while developing new friendships. Some of the personal experiences reported by the men include: enhanced confidence, communication and self- care. Direct quotes include: “The Men on The Move programme has created new friendships and left me feeling more positive about myself” and “I looked forward to the sessions to switch off and have a bit of craic with the lads after a tough day at work”. For at least one man, the programme has been “simply life changing”.

Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne noted that many individuals and organisations are now consciously adopting more healthy lifestyles and paid tribute to the GAA’s role in this: “These welcome developments in society are taking place alongside the well established traditions of healthy and positive lifestyles that the GAA has long promoted in its proud history.  Against that background I would like to acknowledge the level of commitment demonstrated by volunteers in the GAA Clubs who are actively promoting health and wellbeing and leading the way for other sporting organisations.”

Speaking about Irish Life’s support for the Healthy Club Project, David Harney, CEO, Irish Life said: “The Healthy Club Project is a natural fit with Irish Life’s vision – we want to help people build better futures. Since 1884, the GAA has been Irelands largest sporting organisation and with almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the HCP is the ideal forum through which to deliver health messages, and initiatives. There is a natural synergy between Irish Life and the Healthy Club Project and we’re delighted to continue to support such an important initiative.”

Dublin Ladies footballer, Lyndsey Davey said: “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the GAA Healthy Club Project, it’s really a fantastic initiative and has the potential to have a life changing impact on Dublin people’s lives. My mum is a volunteer with the Skerries Healthy Club and loves it! I’ve seen first-hand how the Healthy Club Project champions the deeper values associated with the GAA: those of community, inclusivity and health and wellbeing. I would encourage all Dublin clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and make your club a friendlier place for everyone to enjoy.”

Waterford hurler, Jamie Barron said: “The GAA Healthy Club Project has the potential to have a life changing impact on Waterford people’s lives, that’s why I’m excited to champion the cause. The GAA is committed to getting Ireland more active, particularly the non- playing population and the Healthy Club Project provides clubs with the opportunity to make this happen. I would encourage all Waterford clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and move Ireland one step closer towards a healthier future.”

Mayo Footballer Diarmuid O’Connor said: “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the Healthy Clubs Project on behalf of the GAA, this programme has the potential to have a life changing impact on Mayo people’s lives. The GAA is woven into the fabric of Ireland and local clubs provide the perfect space to implement healthy lifestyle programmes, which can support everyone in the community. I would encourage all Mayo clubs to sign up for the Healthy Club Project and make your club a more positive experience for all.”

Clubs are encouraged to get involved and enjoy the numerous benefits, including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources, the potential to increase membership and broaden the volunteer base, better community engagement with club activities, improvements in health promoting activities, improved goodwill for the club, and opening up funding avenues, all the while enhancing the health of the nation.

Clubs can apply to participate in the Healthy Club Project by completing the online form on www.gaa.ie/community The closing date is Monday, January 29th.

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[1] Lane, A., Murphy, N., and Callaghan, D. (2018).  The Health Impact of the GAA Healthy Club Project.  Centre for Health Behaviour Research, WIT, Waterford, Ireland.

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Kathleen McDermott, Drumlion, Ck-on-Shannon, Co Roscommon who passed away earlier today. the late Kathleen is the mother of Rúnaí Choiste Chontae Liatroma CLG, Attracta Ní Raghallaigh.

Funeral arrangements: McDermott (nee Moran) Ballincullen, Drumlion, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon. 17th of January 2018, peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Kathleen, relict of Mick. Deeply regretted by her sons Vincent (Tullamore), Michael (Swords), Kieran (Banagher), John (Carrick-on-Shannon), daughters Attracta (Carrick-on-Shannon) and Aggie (Dublin), daughters-in-law Nancy, Teresa and Paula, son-in-law Martin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Rest in Peace

Remains will repose on Friday in St. Patrick’s Hospital Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 2.30pm until 5.30pm. Removal to St. Michael’s Church, Drumlion, arriving at 7.00pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Drumlion Cemetery.

THE ONE and only Marty Morrissey will be the special guest at the annual Leitrim Supporters’ Club launch in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park on this Thursday at 7.30pm sharp.

The country’s favourite sports presenter is sure to draw a huge crowd to what has become a must-attend event for anyone with a Leitrim connection in the capital and surrounding counties.

This year’s gathering also includes a special recognition by the Leitrim Supporters’ Club of the three Leitrim legends who, 60 years ago this year, won Railway Cup Medals in 1958: Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn. All three played for Leitrim in the most talked about game of them all, the famous 1958 Connacht Final v Galway.

Continuing the strong vein of talent to entertain at the gathering will be none other than super-group, Garadice, a collection of some of Leitrim’s finest musical exponents.

Organised by the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim’s Supporters Club, last year’s event drew 160 attendees and proved another highlight of the year’s social calendar.

More used to interviewing than being interviewed, Marty Morrissey will find the tables turned as Leitrim Observer columnist and MC for the night, puts the Clare man through his paces in a wide-ranging chat that will touch upon his stellar broadcasting career, his time as a player and a manager, and most recently, his turn on RTE’s hit ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

A bus will travel to Croke Park from Leitrim for the event, times as follows:

Drumshanbo Swimming Pool 4.15pm

Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 4.40pm

Bornacoola GAA Grounds 5.00pm

The bus is free of charge.

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its sincere sympathy to the family of the late Frank Sullivan, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Frank is the father of former Leitrim County Librarian Seán Ó Súilleabháin. Seán has been an officer of Leitrim GAA in varying capacities over many years and most recently held the position of Leas Cathaoirleach to the end of 2017.

Funeral Arrangements

Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home (two weeks before his 100th birthday) Pre-deceased by his wife Rosetta. Sadly missed by his loving Family: Sean (Ballinamore), Marie Ward (Clondalkin, Dublin), Settie Blessington (Coolcor), Frank (Aughagarron), Bridie McNerney (Clonfin); Sons-in-law, Tony, Michael and James; Daughters-in-law, Brid and Margaret; Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, loyal neighbours, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home in Aughakine, today Monday 2:00pm to 9:00pm, and tomorrow Tuesday from 12 noon to 4:00pm. Family time thereafter. Removal Tuesday to St Colmcille’s Church arriving at 7:00pm. Funeral on Wednesday at 11:00am. Burial in adjoining cemetery. (Rhyne Quarries clossed on Wednesday as a mark of respect)

‘Dia go deo leis’

Leitrim legends Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn will also be honoured on the while Leitrim super-group Garadice will provide the musical entertainment.

THE ONE and only Marty Morrissey will be the special guest at the annual Leitrim Supporters’ Club launch in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park on Thursday, January 18, at 7.30pm sharp.

The country’s favourite sports presenter is sure to draw a huge crowd to what has become a must-attend event for anyone with a Leitrim connection in the capital and surrounding counties.

This year’s gathering also includes a special recognition by the Leitrim Supporters’ Club of the three Leitrim legends who, 60 years ago this year, won Railway Cup Medals in 1958: Columba Cryan, Packy McGarty and Cathal Flynn. All three played for Leitrim in the most talked about game of them all, the famous 1958 Connacht Final v Galway.

Continuing the strong vein of talent to entertain at the gathering will be none other than super-group, Garadice, a collection of some of Leitrim’s finest musical exponents.

Organised by the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim’s Supporters Club, last year’s event drew 160 attendees and proved another highlight of the year’s social calendar.

More used to interviewing than being interviewed, Marty Morrissey will find the tables turned as Leitrim Observer columnist and MC for the night, puts the Clare man through his paces in a wide-ranging chat that will touch upon his stellar broadcasting career, his time as a player and a manager, and most recently, his turn on RTE’s hit ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

Prior to this, Leitrim senior team manager, Benny Guckian will outline his plans for the year ahead while County Chairperson, Terrence Boyle, will offer an update on all Leitrim GAA activities.

The night will conclude with a special performance from Garadice. This exceptional quartet features Eleanor Shanley, one of Ireland’s foremost singers since her first appearance as the singer with traditional group De Danann. Padraig McGovern was taught uilleann pipes by master piper P.J. Flood and developed his music as a member of the Ceolas Céili Band. Dave Sheridan’s playing style has been described as “free-flowing and fluid, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm”. He has recorded two highly acclaimed solo albums and has recorded with De Danann and Téada.

John McCartin is both a guitar and fiddle player and has played with many noted bands including Lúnasa and Dervish.

The night, of course, kick-starts a fundraising campaign without which the Leitrim County Board simply couldn’t continue its high level of work and investment in Leitrim teams on and off the field. Leitrim Supporters Draw Tickets (which this year includes a prize of a trip to New York for the championship encounter in May) will be for sale on the night and all who buy one will also be entered in a raffle on the night containing some exceptional Leitrim-themed prizes.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 18, in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park with parking available in the Cusack Stand car park (accessed through the GAA museum entrance off Clonliffe Road.

Doors will open at the slightly earlier time of 7.00pm this year with the addresses and entertainment starting at 7.30pm sharp. Light refreshments will be provided at the interval with the night concluding at 9.15pm sharp. All are welcome to this free event and please let anyone with a Leitrim connection know it’s happening.

A bus will travel to Croke Park from Leitrim for the event, times as follows:

Drumshanbo Swimming Pool 4.15pm

Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada 4.40pm

Bornacoola GAA Grounds 5.00pm

The bus is free of charge.

Ballinamore Library’s Irish classes have acquired the reputation of being one of the most successful in the country with big numbers attending and a most entertaining atmosphere. The Conversation classes, or Ciorcail Comhrá, are now in their eleventh year and are hugely popular every year.

Full range of classes will start again in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 at 8.00pm. There are separate groups for relative beginners, for those who have some Irish and for those who are fluent. These classes are a great opportunity to practice the Irish you know and to improve it. Also, Leaving Cert or transitional year students will find it useful for practice for their Irish orals. Classes are free of charge and will run for 10 weeks to mid March. Seo seans chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Beidh fáilte romhat

Leitrim GAA wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Eamonn Tubman, Fenaghbeg, Fenagh, County Leitrim on his sudden and sad passing.

Eamonn, a lifetime Fenagh St Caillin’s man, was the very essence of a GAA person, stalwart club man who was at the very core of all that’s great in a GAA Club, from physical development to player development. He served in many varying capacities with his club over many decades and offered much toward the development of Leitrim GAA. He served his county excellently through the 1980s and served as County Vice Chairman in Leitrim’s glory years in first half of the 1990s. A GAA man to the core he will be sorely missed by his club and county, but essentially most by his dear family.

Funeral Arrangements

The death has occurred of Eamonn Tubman, Fenaghbeg, Fenagh, Co. Leitrim and formerly of Shivdilla, Gorvagh, Co. Leitrim, Sunday 31st December, 2017 suddenly at his residence.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his loving wife; Nora, sons; Bill, Eamonn Jnr. and Raymond, daughter; Noreen (Dubai), daughter-in-law; Mary, granddaughter; Olivia, sister; Mary (Derby, England), brothers; Liam (Costa Rica) Mehaul (London), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

May he rest in peace.

Remains reposing at his residence on Tuesday (2nd January, 2018) from 2.00pm and on Wednesday (3rd January) until 3.00pm with removal to arrive at St Mary’s Church, Foxfield at 7.00pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon followed by interment to Fenagh New Cemetery.

House private from 3.00pm on Wednesday please.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to Diabetes Ireland care of Early’s Funeral Directors, Mohill.

 

Following tonight’s County Committee meeting, we give you a rundown on how the motions from last Sunday’s Convention and tonight’s County Committee fared:

Motions  – County Convention 2018

Competitions – Championship

  1. The Under 21 Championship to be discontinued from 2017 and replaced by an Under 20 Championship from 2018 forward.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

 

  1. Seeding to be introduced into the draws for the 2018 Senior Football Championship and Intermediate Football Championship as follows:
  • 2017 Senior Finalists to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.
  • 2017 Intermediate losing finalists and relegated team from Senior in 2017 to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.
  • Similar seeding to be followed while the current structure remains in existence.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

  1. That the senior and intermediate championships be restructured as follows (to the 2016 format). It is initially divided into three groups of four, with each group consisting of four teams with no seeding. An open draw decides placement into the groups.

Every team in each group plays each other once. The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The highest ranked third placed team also qualifies for the quarter-finals. The two lowest ranked third placed teams play off, with the winner qualifying for the quarter-finals and the loser entering the relegation playoffs. All fourth placed teams also enter the relegation playoffs.

The competition proceeds with a knockout format from here, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final to determine the winner. Relegation semi-finals and a relegation final determine the team to be relegated.

There will be an open draw for quarter-finals, semi-finals and relegation semi-finals.

The intermediate champions are promoted to the senior championship in the following year.

The relegated senior team plays in the intermediate championship in the following year.

The relegated intermediate team plays in the junior ‘A’ championship in the following year.

The following regulation will be applied in the case of teams finishing on equal points in the group:

(c) Except where provided for otherwise in County Bye-Law or in Competition Regulation, when Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified: (i) Where two or more Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition; (ii) Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For); (iii) Highest Total Score For; (iv) A Play-Off.

All regulations previously pertaining to the senior championship to be amended accordingly.

Achadh Mhaoláin – Defeated

Competitions – Leagues/Shields

  1. CCC to be given the authority include in its regulations the scheduling of two rounds of the All County Leagues that are to be exclusively played without members of the Leitrim Senior Football Panel in 2018 and the years beyond, while the current format of 12 Team leagues continues.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

  1. The numbers in teams in All County Leagues to be reduced at the end of the 2018 season to a maximum of 10 teams per division in the following manner:
  • ACL Division 1 Relegation of the bottom two teams to Division 2
  • ACL Division 2 No Promotion of the top two teams to Division 1 and relegation of the bottom 4 teams to Division 3.
  • ACL Division 3 No Promotion of top two teams to Division 2 and relegation of bottom 6 teams to Division 4.
  • ACL Division 4 No promotion and an ACL Division 5 to be reintroduced in 2019 and the number of remaining teams to be split as closely as evenly between these two divisions as possible with a maximum of 10 in ACL Div 4.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Defeated

  1. From 2018 Shield League Competitions at adult level be discontinued.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

Competitions – Grading

  1. CCC Liatroma to be given the brief to examine derogation from Rule 6.14 2017 with a view to formulating a regulation that is more equitable towards the relative playing strength of clubs and their ability to field teams. CCC to have any revised playing eligibility regulation formulated for approval at the March meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

  1. That in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams competing in our Championships that the following changes be introduced to the interpretation of the derogation from Rule 6.14 in 2018: The 15 players who start in the first round championship match for a club, at Senior, Intermediate and Junior A, be precluded from playing at a lower championship level for the club in the same year. All other limitations in relation to this derogation remain as in 2017.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín – Defeated

  1. That the regulation which applies to Div 4 of the leagues whereby a match can be played at 13 a side, if one or both teams only have 13 players, that this be extended to games in the Junior B Championship in 2018 and beyond.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín – Passed

 

  1. Grading of Players: From 2018 forward clubs must nominate 13 players who are from among the First 17 used in the highest grade of championship football of the previous year to be its First 13 for League purposes only. If a club has three league teams, the remaining players from among this First Championship 17 of the previous year plus any additional players who played at any stage in its highest ranked team in the previous year’s championship shall be the first players listed on its Second League 13. The remaining players on the Second 13 to be players who were among the club’s Second Championship 17 in the previous year. All remaining club players only shall be eligible to play league football on the club’s third team. In the case of clubs having only a second team and that team eligible to play in ACL Division 4 and any Division 5 that may exist in 2018 and beyond, the club shall be required to nominate 11 players to be its First 11. These players shall be from among its First 17 in the previous year’s championship.

Exceptions:

  • Should a club have a player who hasn’t been graded in accordance with the above criteria on account of not having played before First 17 previous year’s championship being established, for whatever reason, then the club may make a case for that player’s grading at the higher level.
  • Members of the current Leitrim Senior Football Panel must be named on the First 13, irrespective of their current championship status.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma – Passed

  1. That in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams in our Leagues that the following changes be introduced in 2018: Clubs that fielded only one League team in 2017 and who wish to register a second team in 2018, be required to name 11 players who not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded two League teams in 2017 be required to name 11 players who played for their first team in 2017 and will not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded three League teams in 2017, be required to name 13 players who will be eligible to play with their first team only. Then name a further 11 players who not be eligible to play with their third team in 2018.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín – not taken as Superseded by Motion 11

  1. The following pertains to competitions where there is re-grading of teams; i.e. from 15 aside to a lower number (e.g. 13 aside). Prior to the Competitions Control Committee (CCC) structuring competitions, the teams wishing to participate in the lower grade competition (meaning a competition comprising teams of less than 15 a side), shall submit an official list to the CCC at least 3 weeks in advance of the competitions commencement. The team shall not be allowed deviate from this list for the remainder of the particular competition.

Naomh Pádraig Droim Dhá Thiar – Passed

Congress Motion

  1. The GAA will not allow continued exclusive TV coverage for any games to any subscription channel, after the current contract expires. In future all proposed GAA match TV coverage will be made available via free to air

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt – Passed

Comhairle Connacht

  1. That in the event of their existence each club participating in Connacht Club Championship matches be circulated with a copy of the Provincial Council Match Regulations governing the organisation and presentation of these games in advance of the competition commencement. Such regulations to be amended, if required in 2018 to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches, covering all eventualities.

Achadh na Síleann – Passed

  1. In the event that no specific Connacht Club Championship Match Organisation Regulations exist that such be formulated n 2018 for circulation to clubs in advance of their participation in the relevant competition. Such regulations to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches,  covering all eventualities.

Achadh na Síleann – Passed

General

  1. That two delegates from Leitrim Ladies’ County Board have the right to attend the Men’s County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.

 

Achadh Mhaoláin – Passed

  1. That two delegates from the Leitrim Men’s County have the right to attend the Ladies’ County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.

 

Achadh Mhaoláin – Withdrawn as not currently relevant to this forum

 

In advance of the County Convention and County Committee Meeting that decides playing structures for 2018, we list the various motions and it should be noted what the players told us in a survey carried out last October in conjunction with the Club Forum:

2017 Players Survey

Motions  – County Convention 2018

Competitions – Championship

  1. The Under 21 Championship to be discontinued from 2017 and replaced by an Under 20 Championship from 2018 forward.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

 

  1. Seeding to be introduced into the draws for the 2018 Senior Football Championship and Intermediate Football Championship as follows:
  • 2017 Senior Finalists to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.
  • 2017 Intermediate losing finalists and relegated team from Senior in 2017 to be seeded into opposite groups and the remaining two semi-finalists to be similarly seeded. Both draws to be open in this regard. Remaining teams will be drawn randomly to constitute the groups.
  • Similar seeding to be followed while the current structure remains in existence.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

  1. That the senior and intermediate championships be restructured as follows (to the 2016 format). It is initially divided into three groups of four, with each group consisting of four teams with no seeding. An open draw decides placement into the groups. Every team in each group plays each other once. The top two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals. The highest ranked third-placed team also qualifies for the quarter-finals. The two lowest ranked third-placed teams playoff, with the winner qualifying for the quarter-finals and the loser entering the relegation playoffs. All fourth-placed teams also enter the relegation playoffs. The competition proceeds with a knockout format from here, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final to determine the winner. Relegation semi-finals and a relegation final determine the team to be relegated. There will be an open draw for quarter-finals, semi-finals and relegation semi-finals. The intermediate champions are promoted to the senior championship in the following year. The relegated senior team plays in the intermediate championship in the following year. The relegated intermediate team plays in the junior ‘A’ championship in the following year. The following regulation will be applied in the case of teams finishing on equal points in the group: Official Guide Rule 6.21 (c) Except where provided for otherwise in County Bye-Law or in Competition Regulation, when Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified: (i) Where two or more Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition; (ii) Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For); (iii) Highest Total Score For; (iv) A Play-Off. All regulations previously pertaining to the senior championship to be amended accordingly.

Achadh Mhaoláin

Competitions – Leagues/Shields

  1. CCC to be given the authority include in its regulations the scheduling of two rounds of the All-County Leagues that are to be exclusively played without members of the Leitrim Senior Football Panel in 2018 and the years beyond, while the current format of 12 Team leagues continues.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

  1. The numbers in teams in All-County Leagues to be reduced at the end of the 2018 season to a maximum of 10 teams per division in the following manner:
  • ACL Division 1 Relegation of the bottom two teams to Division 2
  • ACL Division 2 No Promotion of the top two teams to Division 1 and relegation of the bottom 4 teams to Division 3.
  • ACL Division 3 No Promotion of top two teams to Division 2 and relegation of bottom 6 teams to Division 4.
  • ACL Division 4 No promotion and an ACL Division 5 to be reintroduced in 2019 and the number of remaining teams to be split as closely as evenly between these two divisions as possible with a maximum of 10 in ACL Div 4.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

  1. From 2018 Shield League Competitions at adult level be discontinued.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

Competitions – Grading

  1. CCC Liatroma to be given the brief to examine derogation from Rule 6.14 2017 with a view to formulating a regulation that is more equitable towards the relative playing strength of clubs and their ability to field teams. CCC to have any revised playing eligibility regulation formulated for approval at the March meeting of Coiste Chontae Liatroma.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

  1. That in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams competing in our Championships that the following changes be introduced to the interpretation of the derogation from Rule 6.14 in 2018: The 15 players who start in the first round championship match for a club, at Senior, Intermediate and Junior A, be precluded from playing at a lower championship level for the club in the same year. All other limitations in relation to this derogation remain as in 2017.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín

  1. That the regulation which applies to Div 4 of the leagues whereby a match can be played at 13 aside, if one or both teams only have 13 players, that this be extended to games in the Junior B Championship in 2018 and beyond.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín

 

  1. Grading of Players: From 2018 forward players must nominate 13 players who are from among the First 17 used in the highest grade of championship football of the previous year to be its First 13 for League purposes only. If a club has three league teams, the remaining players from among this First Championship 17 of the previous year plus any additional players who played at any stage in its highest ranked team in the previous year’s championship shall be the first players listed on its Second League 13. The remaining players on the Second 13 to be players who were among the club’s Second Championship 17 in the previous year. All remaining club players only shall be eligible to play league football on the club’s third team. In the case of clubs having only a second team and that team eligible to play in ACL Division 4 and any Division 5 that may exist in 2018 and beyond, the club shall be required to nominate 11 players to be its First 11. These players shall be from among its First 17 in the previous year’s championship.

Exceptions:

  • Should a club have a player who hasn’t been graded in accordance with the above criteria on account of not having played before First 17 previous year’s championship being established, for whatever reason, then the club may make a case for that player’s grading at the higher level.
  • Members of the current Leitrim Senior Football Panel must be named on the First 13, irrespective of their current championship status.

Coiste Chontae Liatroma

  1. That in order to halt the dramatic fall-off in the number of teams in our Leagues that the following changes be introduced in 2018: Clubs that fielded only one League team in 2017 and who wish to register a second team in 2018, be required to name 11 players who not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded two League teams in 2017 be required to name 11 players who played for their first team in 2017 and will not be eligible to play with their second team in 2018. Clubs that fielded three League teams in 2017, be required to name 13 players who will be eligible to play with their first team only. Then name a further 11 players who not be eligible to play with their third team in 2018.

Béal an Átha Moir Sea Uí Eislín

  1. The following pertains to competitions where there is re-grading of teams; i.e. from 15 aside to a lower number (e.g. 13 aside). Prior to the Competitions Control Committee (CCC) structuring competitions, the teams wishing to participate in the lower grade competition (meaning a competition comprising teams of less than 15 aside), shall submit an official list to the CCC at least 3 weeks in advance of the competitions commencement. The team shall not be allowed deviate from this list for the remainder of the particular competition. For teams wishing to compete in a lower grade competition, the maximum number of players permitted on the list is the starting number plus 6 substitutes.

Naomh Pádraig Droim Dhá Thiar

Comhdháil Bhliantúil

  1. The GAA will not allow continued exclusive TV coverage for any games to any subscription channel after the current contract expires. In future, all proposed GAA match TV coverage will be made available via free to air

Naomh Muire Cill Tochairt

Comhairle Connacht

  1. That in the event of their existence each club participating in Connacht Club Championship matches be circulated with a copy of the Provincial Council Match Regulations governing the organisation and presentation of these games in advance of the competition commencement. Such regulations to be amended, if required in 2018 to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches, covering all eventualities.

Achadh na Síleann

  1. In the event that no specific Connacht Club Championship Match Organisation Regulations exist that such be formulated n 2018 for circulation to clubs in advance of their participation in the relevant competition. Such regulations to specify arrangements regarding venues that are suitable for all these matches,  covering all eventualities.

Achadh na Síleann

General

  1. That two delegates from Leitrim Ladies’ County Board have the right to attend the Men’s County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.

 

Achadh Mhaoláin

  1. That two delegates from the Leitrim Men’s County have the right to attend the Ladies’ County Board meetings with speaking rights, but not voting rights.

 

Achadh Mhaoláin

Leitrim GAA would like to convey its sympathy to Dr Declan Loftus, Drumshanbo, former longstanding doctor to the Leitrim County Footballers on the recent death of his sister, Ettie Clinton, Crossmolina, Co Mayo. The late Ettie was interred yesterday, Wednesday, in Crossmolina.

Ettie was a treasured and devoted mother to Annette, Dr Declan, Caroline, Brian and Sinead. Cherished sister of the late Dr.J.V, Martin and Kevin. Deeply missed by her brothers Dr Mickey, Dan, Dr Declan, Finian, Dr Colm, Liam and Shane and her sister Siobhan, her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, her beloved grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

Ainmniúcháin

Cathaoirleach:                                     Traolach  Ó Baoil

Leas Cathaoirleach:                            Stiofan Ó Floinn

Rúnaí:                                                  Attracta Ni Raghailligh

Leas Rúnaí:                                         Seán Ó Cianáin

Cisteoir:                                               Martín Mac Artáin

Leas Cisteoir:                                      Sheamus Ó Miachain; Padraig Ó Fitcheallaigh

Oifigeach Forbartha:

Oifigeach Oiliúna:                               Aodh Cliontúin

Oifigeach Cultúra agus Teanga:       Clár Ní Chrosáin

Oifigeach Páistí:                                   Gearóid Mac an Ghalloglaidh

Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí:             Déaglán Ó Buacháin

Comhairle Connacht:(2)                    Sean Ó Maoilmhiaigh; Eanna  Mac Tighernáin; Padraig Ó Fitcheallaigh

Árd Comhairle:                                   Sean O’Suilleabhain; Eanna  Mac Tighernáin; Stiofan Ó Floinn

Comhdháil Connacht: (4)                 Traolach  Ó Baoil; Attracta Ni Raghailligh; Martín Mac Artáin

Comhdháil Bhliantúil: (4)                Traolach  Ó Baoil; Attracta Ni Raghailligh; Martín Mac Artáin

 

ELEANOR SHANLEY will play Dublin show at The Unitarian Church, Stephens Green alongside some Leitrim friends on Sunday, December 10th, 2017. Tickets priced €20 and €23 including booking fees are now on sale from tickets.ie

Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.45pm. It’s a straight set with no break so it’s guaranteed not be a late night.

The concert will feature Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar)

This year’s concert will also feature an exclusive live performance from Leitrim’s own Garadice, who will join Eleanor as special guests.

“Exquisite” & “Folk Roots of the highest order” – Colm O’Hare, Hot Press

“Exquisitely beautiful” – Irish Music Magazine

“Gorgeous And Bright” – No 1 played song on RTE Radio 1, summer 2015

With a career spanning over twenty years, Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved singers in our country’s folk music history.

Whether as a soloist, or collaborating with De Dannan, or her time collaborating with the late Ronnie Drew (RIP), that voice rings threw with such lyrical emotion, every time.

As a solo artist Eleanor Shanley has had a date with The Unitarian Church at Christmas time for the last few years. All shows have sold out too. Indeed, this is Eleanor’s third consecutive December show at this beautiful landmark location on Dublin’s St Stephens Green, and one that always excites.

This year Eleanor will be joined by Paul Kelly (mandolin and fiddle) and Niall Hughes (double bass and guitar). This year’s show on December 10th show will have an extra special addition to the night, not possible in previous years.

· On the night Eleanor will introduce us to her new collaborators, GARADICE. Having met during their collective time touring Leitrim Equation in 2016, this year the four-piece collaborative made the decision to start recording together. Within Garadice Eleanor is joined by John McCartin (Guitar), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano) and Padraig McGovern (Uileann Pipes and Whistles). Some live shows are likely from Garadice in 2018 in parallel to Eleanor recording her new studio album.

· However, this live Dublin performance on December 10th will be the collaborator’s first in the city. A first and very special opportunity to hear some of the recordings set to be released in Garadice’s debut album in 2018.

Eleanor Shanley still possesses a voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone with De Danann in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs, Eleanor has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance with De Danann. She recorded two critically acclaimed albums with them ‘A Jacket of Batteries’ and ‘Half Set in Harlem’. While a member of De Danann she also toured Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA as well as taking part in several tours of Ireland.

Eleanor has worked with many great musicians through the years and also recorded with The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, to U2 and too many more both at home & internationally to mention here. Her time working with Ronnie Drew was a very special time in her life, and this a friendship she treasured. They recorded two albums together, A Couple More Years, and El Amor De Mi Vida, which was recorded shortly before Ronnie died, Eleanor and Ronnie performed live together on many occasions, also.

Eleanor’s happiest place is performing and to frequently have an opportunity to perform with friends too makes the experience even more special.

Having toured Ireland, the continent and in Canada and the USA frequently over recent years one would wonder where Eleanor found the time to release a new album also. This she did, with 2015’s Forever Young (her 14th). The album presented Eleanor with the most played track on RTE Radio 1 the same summer, the Thom Moore classic, Gorgeous and Bright

Highlights in recent years include performing at RTE Radio’s 1916 Commemoration Concert in Dublin, together with performing at Here’s To You, Ronnie Drew – A Celebration. In honour of her dear, dear friend, the concert was held at Vicar Street in September of the same year.

This year so far has included live shows in Denmark, where Eleanor was awarded The Danish Folk Music Award in 2015, a testament, were it needed, to her popularity in this market. She is only the second Irish artist to receive this honour since its inception 20 years ago. Live shows also called in Germany and here at home. Indeed, Eleanor has just returned from Canada where she expects to be touring in 2018, possibly also in parallel with recording her next album!

www.eleanorshanley.ie | @eleanorshanley

LINKS

TV / Radio Links

RTE Radio 1 Special (broadcast Sept 2015 & again March 27, 2016) Listen here: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/in-session/

Late Late Show performance – October 2015 http://goo.gl/7s38Rt

RTE Radio 1 In Session (filmed by Christian Tierney)

Forever Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA7J1nEOlQI