Leitrim GAA are pleased to announce that Jack Casey has joined the coaching and games team in the role of GDC.
Jack hails from Oran in County Roscommon and has been working as a Games Promotion Officer with Westmeath GAA since February 2021.Jack is a graduate of IT Carlow with a degree in strength & conditioning. He has completed his Award 1 coaching qualification and is currently working towards the Award 2 qualification.Jack is currently playing football with his club Oran and has previously played with Roscommon from minor up to senior.Leitrim GAA extends a warm welcome to Jack and wishes him every success in his new role.
New Leitrim GDC Jack Casey is welcomed to his new role by current GDC’s James Mitchell and Cormac Haslam.

Brendan Delaney left his role as GDA at the end of June to move back to Cork. We would like to thank Brendan for his dedication and commitment to the GDA role over the past two years and wish him every success in the future. He will be a serious loss to both our hurling panel and our clubs and Academies. We wish Brendan all the best for the future.


In recognition of his work with our academies, coaching and games presented Brendan with a Leitrim jersey, signed by all the academy players Brendan had coached during his time in Leitrim.

Pictured is the Leitrim U16 squad who defeated Wicklow on Saturday last in a very exciting game in the Fr. Manning Cup semi-final. They now play Longford in the final on Saturday August 12th.

Recruitment is now open for those interested in joining your camps teams as coaches/supervisors this year. We encourage you to use the assets available (links below) over the next few weeks to promote camp coaching opportunities on your digital channels. Promo material includes Facebook/Twitter posts, Instagram Story/posts, web banners, videos and images, with suggested posts and corresponding graphic/video included in the attached.

Campaign assets & web banners:

Coach videos and imagery:

A Message From Cathal Cregg- Connacht GAA…..

Attached is important information on the “Be Ready to Play Programme” (

We are running a live launch webinar on Tuesday March 2nd at 7pm via Microsoft Teams.  It would be great if you can join us, just click on the link below:


Speakers for the launch include:

  • Shane Flanagan – GAA`s Director of Coaching and Games  
  • Aoife Lane – Chair of the Gaelic Games Sports Science Workgroup and Head of Department of Sport and Health Sciences, AIT
  • Des Ryan – Lead of the Gaelic Games Athletic Development Workgroup  and Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC



Registration begins through the GAA eLearning site on March 3rd



The GAA Be Ready to Play Programme is a Coaching and Sports Science programme, supported by UPMC Healthcare, that will be delivered via webinars, online training programmes, instructional videos and live sessions. This is a holistic programme supporting male and female youth and adult players, and coaches during their return to training post Covid and building up to playing games again, therefore encompassing the full playing season. We aim to educate coaches and players by providing an evidence informed programme. This will hopefully result in increased enjoyment, performance, participation and reduced injury risk.



The Programme will include –


  • Athletic Development Programmes updated fortnightly through the GAA website (Instructional Video & Live Sessions in collaboration with Setanta College)
  • Monthly focussed Coach Education webinars (Gaelic Games Coaching Specialists & Guests)
  • Monthly Sports Science support webinars (all Sports Science Discipline covered)


Our goal is to sign up as many Gaelic Games Coaches and players as possible and support return to play while providing a lasting educational and support resource for Gaelic Games.

One of the largest consultation processes in the history of the GAA has found many good practices in place, but also a number of challenges to the development of our players.

At a time when sport is being challenged and influenced by elitism, globalisation, commercialisation and professionalism, the GAA is committed to its values of Amateur ethos, Community Identity and Inclusion.

At the beginning of his term GAA President John Horan established the Talent Academy & Player Development Review Committee emphasising: “The proper development of young players is an investment in the future well-being of our Games.”

Having overseen the adoption of the report by Central Council as of June, the Uachtarán described the recommendations of the report “as essential to re-establishing the values of the organisation, to ensure that Clubs are at the centre of all our development processes, supporting the retention of players in a sustainable way in line with our culture. “

Chaired by Michael Dempsey, the Committee members brought a depth of expertise and experience in coaching and player development and included Brian Cuthbert and incoming Director of Coaching and Games Development Shane Flanagan. The committee surveyed over 1000 stakeholders across all 32 Counties as part of the process.

The main focus of the committee was identified as establishing a policy for youth development which aligns club, school, third level and inter-county games programmes to address the current concerns with county talent academy squads and inter-county teams.

One of the first tasks of the Committee was the establishment of a Vision, Mission and Commitment for player development in Gaelic games, focussing on building a system for the 99% of players who participate across the pathway without ever reaching Inter-County Senior representation.

The Committee Report, launched in Croke Park today, adopts as policy a new Player Pathway Framework for Gaelic games. This framework is supported by enhanced Education Opportunities for all stakeholders, Improved Governance of youth development programmes and Synergised Games Programming across Club, School, Third Level and Inter-County.

Key recommendations include:

Player Pathway Framework

·        Repositioning the Club at the centre of all developmental processes and policies through a new Player Pathway Framework

·        Underpinning the framework with a best practice programme

·        Embedding synergised player development practices within the Club, School and Talent Academy environments


·        Aligning education opportunities to the Pathway

·        Providing specific opportunities for all stakeholders – personnel, officers, coaches, and parents to deliver and support the programme

·        Through Coach Education instilling in all our stakeholders a developmental philosophy for player development


·        Building the management capacity at all levels to support the framework

·        Enhanced Longer term County Planning

·        Realigning funding to the new vision for player development

Games Programme

·        A Coordinated and coherent games programme aligned to the pathway framework, inclusive of meaningful and appropriate development-based competitions for our underage players

·        Aligning the Games Programme at Club, School and Inter-County to the Pathway

·        Ensuring the Games Programme up to U-17 is developmentally focussed

·        Coordinated windows for related games programmes within a coherent fixtures calendar

Talent Academy & Player Development Work Group Members

Michael Dempsey (Chair. Former Kilkenny senior hurling coach and Laois footballer)

Jenny Duffy (Secretary. Former Cork camogie player and Head of Gaelic Games at Maynooth University)

Jeffrey Lynskey (Galway minor hurling manager)

Jason Sherlock (Dublin senior football coach and county minor manager in 2018)

Shane Flanagan (incoming GAA Director of Games Development, former Kildare underage footballer)

Dr. Eugene Young (Director of Coaching and Games Development Ulster GAA)

Ray O’Brien (Former Chairman of GAA Higher Education Council)

Garrett Coyle (Former Coaching Officer for Monaghan GAA)

Brian Cuthbert (Former Cork senior football manager)

Fergal O’Donnell (Former Roscommon senior football player and manager)

Jamesie O’Connor (Former Clare senior hurler and schools coach)

The full text of the report can be accessed here TAPD Report

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Unfortunately due to floodlight failure, Friday Night Lights, which was due to take place on Friday night, 28th November, has had to be postponed. It will be rearranged for a later date. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The highly successful Friday Night Lights series is set run through the month of November at the McGovern Centre of Excellence. The series will run on three consecutive Friday nights as follows:

Friday November 15th   Boys born in 2006 and 2007 (Under 12 and 13)

Friday November 22nd  Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Friday November 29th Boys born in 2004 and 2005 (Under 14 and 15)

Online registration opens Wednesday 30th October.

Registration Form may be accessed here

For more information contact

A promotional video is attached here

Leitrim GAA is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties and nominations from clubs for the respective positions of Leitrim Under 17 and Under 20 Team Managers.

Essential Criteria: Garda Vetted, Safeguarding 1 and Award 1 Coaching Qualification

Desirable Criteria: Award 2 Coaching Qualification.

Expressions of Interest and Nominations to be sent to by October 27th.

Nominations by clubs must have secured the permission of the nominee.






If you are considering sending your child to a Kelloggs Cúl Camp in Leitrim this summer, then you are advised, that if you wish for the gear that is associated with the camps to be delivered to you in advance of the camp start date, then the closing date for registration is Wednesday next, May 22nd. the link to the booking page is located here

National Hurling Development
Provincial Coaching Workshops 2018
October 13th
. Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 01.20 p.m. Lunch 01.30 p.m.

Format: Practical station based workshop with participants rotating to each station.
Target audience – Youth – Adult Coaches. Open to all coaches – Hurling & Camogie
Workshop Theme – Building the Essentials into Every Training Session:
To include –

 Goalkeeping essentials
 Catching & Striking
 Hooking & Blocking
 Rising & Hand passing
 Defending & Attacking

Coaches: Lead coaches for the day will be 3-5 coaches from the following list of well-known players /
coaches depending on availability. Confirmation closer to the date:

Jamesie O’ Connor, Seanie Mc Mahon, Christy O’ Connor – Clare
D.J. Carey, – Kilkenny
Ollie Canning – Galway
Eamon O’ Shea -Tipperary
Derek McGrath – Waterford
Martin Fogarty: – National Hurling Development Manager
Special Guest: – Kate Kelly – Wexford
Early booking advisable as places are limited
Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty.
Registration: €20 (includes lunch)

Provincial Workshops Flyer 2018 Connacht

Leitrim GAA wishes to announce the appointment of two Games Development Administrators to assist with the work that is ongoing in Coaching and Games Development. The successful candidates are Stephen McGurran from the Melvin Gaels Club and Mayo man John Gallagher. We wish the two men the very best of luck in their new roles. This brings the total number of GDA’s in the county to three which is a very positive step forward towards the development of coaching in the county.

Leitrim GAA County Board in conjunction with Connacht GAA wishes to recruit a Games Development Administrator.

Role Profile

The post holder will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of agreed GAA games development policies and programmes within County Leitrim. The post holder will join the games development team, which currently comprises the County Games Development Manager, two full-time GDA’s and a number of voluntary personnel, and will work to deliver the goals and objectives of the County Games Development Plan.

Based in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon and reporting to the County Games Development Manager, the post holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings, and the hours may vary depending on workload and seasonal changes.

Please access the complete advertised position at the link below.