Connacht GAA Bursary Awards 2017/18

Connacht GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Connacht GAA, in support of the National Student Bursary Scheme, will award bursaries of €750 to students attending Higher Education colleges.

The scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, will be open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education club. Students who hold other GAA-related or a college scholarship/bursary will not be eligible to apply. Connacht GAA welcomes applications from those students in our province, (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon & Sligo), regardless whether their attendance is at a college inside or outside of Connacht”. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.

Each bursary granted will be for €750 and payment will be made annually in two instalments of €375. Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are currently available to download from and

Senior Inter-county players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2017 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at

All Applications (Connacht GAA Higher Education Bursary Application Form 2017) to be forwarded to;

Connacht GAA Centre,




Co. Mayo

Phone: 094)9630335 Email:

The closing date for application will be October 6th, 2017.

Applications received after the closing date will not be eligible for consideration.

GAA Youth Forum 2017 – Saturday 28th October

Are you a GAA player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of study and sport? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top Inter-County players in the country?

If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum supported by Sky Sports! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players. The Forum will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.

With workshops designed for three specific age-grades (12 – 15; 16 – 18; 19 – 21 years), players will leave the Forum having learned invaluable tips and tools that will help them to develop as a player and as a person.

There will be a number of activities at the Forum including:

· Exhibition Zone – interactive demos about everything from preparing healthy lunches to hurley care and repair!

· Plenary Session – Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng will open the 2017 #GAAyouth Forum with the assistance of musicians from Rhythm Corporation.

· Workshops – experts, coaches and players including Orlagh Farmer, Ciarán Kilkenny, David Herity, Juliet Murphy and Cathal Cregg will address a range of issues from Fuelling Performance to Injury Prevention & Recovery to Juggling the Demands in a young player’s life.

· Lunchtime Laughs with Rory’s Stories – Rory O’Connor brings his renowned characters to life in an interactive comedy gig!

· Q&A – A range of experts and high profile players will answer your questions on a number of topics.

· Lunch Hub – Keep the energy levels high and enjoy the best grub Croke Park has to offer… all for free!



Games Development Operations – GAA

National Hurling Development

Provincial Coaching Workshop – Connacht

National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty and Connacht Hurling Director, Damien Coleman present an opportunity to learn from and interact with Legends of the Game of Hurling at a not-to-be-missed workshop.

Venue & Date:   May 20th.   

Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

Registration: 10.30 a.m. Workshop: 11.00 – 02.15 p.m. Lunch 02.15 p.m.


Practical and station based with participants rotating to each station, followed by Q & A session with the guest coaches.


  • Goalkeeping and goalkeeping plays
  • Fitness with the ball
  • The Basics of Defending
  • Attacking & Striking
  • Questions & Answers


Lead coach at each station will be one of our high profile guest coaches supported by a local Games Development Officer.

  • D.J. Carey, (Kilkenny)
  • Jamesie O’ Connor (Clare)
  • Ollie Canning (Galway)
  • Eamon O’ Shea, (Tipperary)
  • Brendan Cummins (Tipperary)


Early booking advisable as places are limited

Enquiries: All enquiries to Martin Fogarty.       

Email: Connacht

Registration:          €20 (includes lunch)



12-May-17 by Coaching and Games Development

Coaching Workshops DVDs

As a result of many enquiries regarding the Paddy Christie and Donie Buckley Coaching Workshops held recently, DVD copies of the events are being made available at €10 each (including postage) through Leitrim GAA. Orders by email to



12-May-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Coaching Workshop Number 4 now fully booked out

Coaching the Tackle with Donie Buckley is now fully booked out, a waiting list is in operation in case of cancellations.




08-Mar-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Coaching the Tackle – Donie Buckley
Workshop Coach – Donie Buckley 
Workshop Theme – “Coaching the Tackle”
Workshop Date – 25/03/2017
Workshop Location – Allen Gaels GAA Club Drumshanbo (subject to change depending on the weather)
Workshop Time – 11am- 1pm
Cost €5 per person
Places Limited to 75 and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Closing date is 20/03/2017 unless booked out before that.
Booking is essential as no walk-ins will be permitted on the day.
Targeted at Youth/Senior team coaches the theme of this workshop is “Coaching the Tackle” through drills and game based methods.
Contact James Glancy to book @ or 0864082561. 
Please also keep an eye on Leitrim GAA Website, Facebook and twitter to see if the course is still available or booked out.
Some background on the coach himself:
Donie Buckley scored a last-minute goal in The All Ireland Club Final in 1985 to help Castleisland Desmonds win The All Ireland Club Final. 
Soon after retiring from playing he became involved in coaching. 
His coaching career began in Clare where he led Milltown Malbay in 1990 and Faughs in 1994 to County Championships. He then served as joint Manager of the Clare senior team in 2006.
He then moved on to Galway club Moycullen, whom he led to an All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship title in 2008.
He then served as selector with Mickey Ned OSullivan in Limerick for five years prior to joining the Kerry senior setup in 2011. 
He stepped down from his role with Kerry before the start of the 2012 Championship. 
Since then he has been an ever-present as Coach to the Mayo senior football team.



06-Mar-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp Coaches 2017

Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games development committee will operate 15 Kellogg’s GAA Cul camps throughout the County during the months of July & August. We now wish to recruit suitably qualified personnel to coach on these camps.

Those interested must be over 18 and preferably attending third level college, have attained as a minimum Foundation award coaching qualification, have completed the Code of best practice in youth sport and be Garda vetted.

Please forward CV complete with a copy of all certs, by email to  or by post to Thomas Keenan, Leitrim GAA Games Manager, Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Dublin Rd., Ck-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 3pm



28-Feb-17 by Thomas Keenan – Leitrim GAA Games Manager

Fitness with the Ball through Games

Leitrim Coaching and Games Development Committee has organised Workshop Number 3 which will take place in Leitrim Gaels GAA Centre on Saturday February 25th.

All details are in the poster which may be accessed here

Places are booking out fast and only 10 remain as of this posting






16-Feb-17 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Deliberate Play-Deliberate Practice Coaching Session

On Saturday December 3rd at 10am in Centre of Excellence, Annaduff, Leitrim GAA is hosting a special Coaching Session for all GAA Coaches. The session is being delivered by former Dublin Captain Paddy Christie and is not to be missed. It is geared specifically towards coaches of Underage players but all Leitrim GAA coaches are very welcome to attend. 

Course Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Course Aim 

Deliberate Play activity includes classic street games which are usually played with small sided teams and flexible peer defined rules. Play inspires thinking and adaptation promoting creative problem solving and conflict resolution. It allows children to build their ownÓgames, define their own rules and defines the cognitive skills that are needed not only for playerss.

In contrast Deliberate Practice is the focused improvement through repetitive activity, continual feedback and correction.

Spomtaneous activity to encourage free play

Highly structured activities designed to advance your skillls

Emphasise specific skills for a competitive edge by building on your pre existing skillls

Highlighting thr link between unstructured play and deliberate practice


Short Powerpoint presentation and field based presentation during which coaches will gain practical experience through practical coaching drills, skills and conditioned games.

Booking: Contact James Glancy at or 0864082561. Places are limited so early booking is advised but in any event before Dec1st.

Cost: €5 



19-Nov-16 by Declan Bohan – PRO

Longford GAA Youth/Adult Award 1 Football Course

We are starting an Award 1 Youth/Adult Football Course this weekend (see schedule below) and we have places available if any there is anyone within your county who would like to attend.

The course costs €100 and lunch in provided on the 3 Saturdays as part of that

Firstly all session of the course will take place in St. Mels College Longford Town. The college is in the middle of the town beside the Cathedral – there is an avenue through a opening with two stone pillars each side, drive down this avenue and keep round to your right until you see the outdoor basketball court, the hall is on your left.

Latitude: 53.72736299650775

Longitude: -7.795186040285671

All sessions will take place within the large sports hall.

Please see full timetable below and if there is any other information you require please feel free to contact me on the number below, many thanks Damien.

Saturday 12/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 9:40am – 12:30pm
Introduction, Communication & The Role of The Coach delivered by Tadgh Fennin – former Kildare Footballer, current Kildare GAA Coach & Leinster Tutor.
Lunch provided 12:30pm – 1pm
Saturday 12/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 1pm – 3:30pm
Playing Facts & Psychological Focus delivered by Colm Clear Leinster GAA Coach Education Manager & Leinster Tutor.
Thursday 17/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm
Technical Proficiency delivered by Sean Kelly – Former Meath SF Coach, current Leinster Railway Cup Manager & National Master Tutor.
Saturday 19/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10am – 12:30pm
Tactical Prowess/Decision Making delivered by John Higgins & Damien Sheridan – Coaches with the Longford  Minor & U21 teams respectively & both Leinster Tutors
Lunch provided 12:30pm – 1pm
Saturday 19/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 1pm – 3:30pm
Team Play & Tactical Ploys delivered by John Higgins & Damien Sheridan
Thursday 24/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 7 – 9:30pm
Lifestyle & Planning delivered by Eoin Kevlihan Post Primary PE Teacher & Leinster Tutor
Saturday 26/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 10am – 12:30pm
Physical Fitness: Components & Principles Youths delivered by Paddy O Connor – S&C coordinator to all Longford teams (U21 down) & Leinster Tutor
Lunch provided 12:30pm – 1pm
Saturday 26/11/16 St. Mels College Sports Hall 1pm – 3:30pm
Physical Fitness: Components & Principles Adults delivered by Paddy O Connor 
Thanks again, Damien
Damien Sheridan
Games Development Administrator Longford GAA
087 912 6556



07-Nov-16 by Damien Sheridan – GDA Longford

Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp Coaches

Leitrim GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee will operate 13 Kellogg’s GAA Cul camps throughout the County during the month of July. We now wish to recruit suitably qualified personnel to coach on these camps.

Those interested must be over 18 and preferably attending third level college, have attained as a minimum Foundation award coaching qualification, have completed the Code of best practise in youth sport and be Garda vetted.

Please forward CV complete with a copy of all certs, by email to  or by post to Thomas Keenan, Leitrim GAA Games Manager, Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Dublin Rd., Ck-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Closing date for applications is Monday April 18th 2016 @ 3pm



23-Mar-16 by Coaching and Games Development

Games Promotion Officer – Leitrim GAA  

The GAA is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and more than 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired and supported by the voluntary efforts of its members, the GAA is focused on the development and promotion of Gaelic Games and culture on the island of Ireland and in local communities.   

Connacht GAA in conjunction with Leitrim GAA County Board wishes to recruit a Games Promotion Officer. The successful candidate will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of agreed GAA games development policies and programmes in Leitrim.   

Key Responsibilities  

  • Organise, coordinate and implement (where necessary) a series of Games and Skill Development projects as outlined by the County coaching committee and the County Games Development Manager.  
  • Report on implementation of the projects on a regular basis, and particularly ensure data relating to the implementation of the projects is available on a quarterly basis through use of the GAA Games Development Information Management System (MIS). 
  • Maintain key lines of communication with project stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of the projects.  
  • Complete any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the County Games Development Manager, Designated Co. Officer or the County Games Development Committee. 

Key skills  

  • Excellent Gaelic football coaching skills with a minimum of 3 years    practical experience 
  • Have attained Award 1 standard coaching qualification 
  • Qualified GAA tutor (desirable) 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills 
  • Administrative and IT Skills are required 
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills 
  • Ability to build and sustainÓgood relationships and manÓge conflict 
  • Ability to manÓge projects and deadlines; hands-on approach to getting things done.  

Other specific requirements 

  • Own car with a full clean driving license; 
  • Ability to work and attend evening and weekend meeting/activities in   addition to normal day to day activities. 
  • Have completed the GAA Child Protection in Sport awareness programme  
  • Be Garda vetted through the GAA 


Candidates interested in the above role should apply by sending a cover letter and an up to date Curriculum Vitae to: on or before 3pm on 14th March 2016 




01-Mar-16 by Declan Bohan – PRO