Monthly Archives: February 2010

Registration Day March 6th 2010

Member registration will take place on Saturday 6th March 2010. Start time for Bord na nÓg is 12 noon and continues to 4pm. Adult team registration continues later in in the evening. There will be anumber of items on sale that day including general mambership, items from the club shop, car stickers celebtrating club 125 years and Cheltenham race tickets. Come along at some time during the day and keep the club moving forward.


Thanks for your continued support


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Co. Board Meeting 8th Feb 2010


APOLOGIES:     Joe Pyke (Chairman, Bord na nÓg), Martin Quilty (Secretary, Bord na nÓg)
& Michael Tierney (Rower Inistioge).

Cathaoirleach, Paul Kinsella, presided.

Bord Gáis:
Mr. Tony Kelly and Mr. Paraic Lalor, representatives of Bord Gáis provided details of their company’s switching offer available to all G.A.A. clubs who switch from the ESB to Bord Gáis as their electricity supplier which will reduce their electricity bills by a minimum of 10% in year one.  Following a question and answer session an information pack outlining details of this offer was distributed to all delegates.

Minutes of County Board meeting held on 18/01/2010 were approved.  Proposed by Pat Walsh (Slieverue) and seconded by Tom O’Reilly (Football Board).

Minutes of Management meeting held on 25/01/2010 were approved.  Proposed by Conor Denieffe (P.R.O.) and seconded by Eddie Blackmore (Piltown).

Matters Arising:
“Ruling on Thomastown notice of Motion in relation to Junior Championship”.

Sean Doherty (Galmoy) said that while he accepted the ruling by the Cathaoirleach he would ask the Board Officers and the Regrading Committee to take account of the spirit of the motion when dealing with applications for regrading by Senior and Intermediate clubs.  Dan Kenny (Southern Board) stated that at a recent South Board meeting all clubs present had been in favour of curtailing the regrading of players and he called on Senior and Intermediate clubs to desist from fielding players in the first round of the Junior Championship whom they know would not be available for subsequent rounds should they win.  Richard Nolan (St. Martins) pointed out that what he called the other side of the story highlighting the fact that a couple of Senior clubs had won the Junior Championship in modern time and had gone on to compete successfully in the Intermediate grade for a number of years afterwards.

Cathaoirleach concluded the discussion by stating that clubs had until County Convention to come up with a formula satisfactory to all sides and reminded delegates that any change to the existing championship structures would require a two-thirds majority.

Club Constitution:
Cathaoirleach again reminded delegates of the importance of ratifying the Club Constitution and asked that any clubs that had not already done so, to do it at their next meeting as a safeguard to themselves in the event of any unforeseen difficulties arising.

All Ireland Club Championships:
Cathaoirleach wished St. Lachtains (All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Finalists) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (All Ireland Senior Club Hurling Semi-Finalists) every success in their forthcoming games.  He commiserated with Blacks & Whites on their recent defeat at the semi-final stage of the Junior Club Hurling Championship.  He also wished Kilkenny County Vocational School hurling team every success in their forthcoming All Ireland Final.  Tickets for the All Ireland Intermediate Club Final will be on sale in Nowlan Park during office hours up to the Friday prior to the game.

Player Injury Scheme:
Changes to the Player Injury Scheme for 2010 were outlined including the reduction in the maximum cover for both medical and dental claims to €4,500 per claim and the ending of the physio cover except for the post operative treatment.  Excess in the case of each claim now raised to €100.  It was further noted that a referees report was now required for all injury claims pertaining to games and that claims for head injuries will only be processed where the recommended helmets (Marc, Mycro and Azzurri) had been worn.  Verification of club membership of each injured players will also be required.

Senior Scór & Tra na Ceist:
Delegates were reminded that entries for Senior Scór and Tra na Ceist were now due.

National Youth Forum:
Youth Officer, Conor Brennan, updated meeting on details of forthcoming National Youth Forum which will be held in Croke Park on February 20th.  A total of ten delegates are required to attend from each county and a small number of places remain to be filled.  Transport will be provided for delegates on the day.

Child Protection Course:
Approximately half the clubs have now completed this course with the remainder due to complete it inside the next six weeks.  Clubs have responded very positively to date and hopefully remaining clubs will continue this trend.

Promotion of National Hurling League Games:
P.R.O., Conor Denieffe, outlined details of the promotion of the forthcoming National Hurling League games against Galway and Waterford.  Competitions will be organised in both the Kilkenny People and on K.C.L.R.  As part of the promotion of the Waterford game a juvenile game involving primary school kids will be held at half time in the senior game.

Strategic Review:
Delegates were reminded that representatives of both the adult and juvenile sections of the clubs were required to attend the official launch of the five year Strategic Plan taking place in Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, 15th February.  County Board delegates were also invited to attend.

Votes of Sympathy:
The Fanning Family, 64 Mary Mount, Ferrybank, Waterford on the death of Martin Garry Fanning.
The Kenny Family, Rathkieran, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Teresa.
The Teehan Family, Bullochill, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Maureen.
The Dowling Family, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ann.
The Mackey Family, Graigswood, Lisdowney, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Nicky.
The Reddy Family, Rahard, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Jimmy.
The Tyrrell Family, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Michael.
The Love Family, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Anne.
The Maher Family, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ted.
Votes of Sympathy:
The Maye & O’Grady Families, Mountloftus, Skeoughvasteen, Co. Kilkenny on the death of
Margaret Maye.
The Linnane Family, Walstown, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Ellen.
The  Kelly Family, Farrentemple, The Rower, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Babsie.
The Grace Family, Foulkstown, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Mary.
The Treacy Family, The Venue, Blackrock, Cork on the death of John Treacy.
The Phelan Family, Tullogher, Co. Kilkenny on the death of James Phelan.
The Quinlan Family, Mullinakill, Tullogher, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Peter Quinlan.
The White Family, 20 Cremore Park, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 on the death of Peg White.
The Colclough Family, Barna, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Annie Colclough.
The Doyle Family, The Forum, Belmount Road, Ferrybank, Waterford on the death of Helena.
Billy Hoare & Family, High St., Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny on the death of Pat Hoare.


Address by Micheál Martin, Croke Park, on Congress Motion re. games for 8 – 12 age group.
Hurlers Co-Op Draw.
Forthcoming Games in Nowlan Park.
Report on Youth Convention.
Renewal of County Board Annual Passes.
(Remaining Passes to be picked up)

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Joint Committee Meeting

A joint committee meeting of Erin’s Own takes place in Aras O’Meallaigh Ballycomey on Thursday 25th at 8:30pm. Full attendance is requested.

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Kilkenny GAA Strategic plan

The Kilkenny GAA Strategic plan can be viewed by clicking here. Note this document is 6Mb, so may take a while to load on slower connections.

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Walsh Cup Shield S Final

Kilkenny went down to neighbours Laois in Ballycomey on Saturday,with an injury time goal from Laois substitute Jimmy Dunne securing victory on a 1-17 to 1-16 score line.
Dunne struck two minutes into injury time after Willie Hyland’s 30 yard free was blocked down.
The Kilkenny side contained most of last years U21 side, as the management team continue their search for new talent.

Laois held a two point advantage at half time 0-11 to 0-9. Kilkenny took the lead midway through the second half, when a long delivery found its way to the net of the keepers hurl, Laois to their credit, fought back to snatch the victory.

local Conor Fogarty impressed having a very solid game at left wing back for the cats.

SCORERS – Laois: Willie Hyland 0-8 (six frees), Jimmy Dunne 1-0, Brian Campion 0-3 (two frees), Dayne Peacock 0-2 (one sideline), Eamon Jackman, Brian Dunne, Eoin Costelloe, John Purcell 0-1 each
Kilkenny: Mark Bergin 0-7 (five frees), John Mulhall 0-3 (one sideline), Eoin McGrath, Matthew Ruth 0-2 each, Michael Grace, Paddy Hogan (’65) 0-1 each

LAOIS: Pat Carroll; John A Delaney, Darren Maher, Conor Dunne; Matthew Whelan, Brian Campion, Mick McEvoy; Brian Dunne, Eamon Jackman; John Brophy, JJ McHugh, Willie Hyland; Eoin Costelloe, John Rowney, John Purcell. Subs: Dayne Peacock for Costelloe (30 mins – inj), Jimmy Dunne for Purcell (50 mins), Neil Foyle for Peacock (63 mins)

KILKENNY: David Herity; Kieran Joyce, Shane Prendergast, David Prendergast; Martin Walsh, Paddy Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Paul Murphy, Lester Ryan; Niall Walsh, John Mulhall, Michael Grace; Eoin McGrath, Matthew Ruth, Mark Bergin.

Referee: Dickie Murphy (Wexford)

By Rory Delaney, Leinster Express

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Walsh Cup

The Sheild semi final of the Walsh Cup between Kilkenny and Laois will take place this Saturday13th in Ballycomey at 2pm. The club had three members in action in the last round, namely, Damien Fogarty, Conor Fogarty and Martin Boran. Unfortunaately Martin picked up an injury at the weekend and is unavailable for selection this week.

The staging of this match will make the first competive game in Ballycomey in this our 125th year.

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Nuachtlitir Chlubanna Eanáir 2010

Website Launch –

The launch of the Association’s new website will take place in the coming weeks
after months of planning and preparation. The new site will include a host of new
features not previously catered for on the old site.
It will bring new and regularly updated content to the site with a dedicated
“ClubZone” detailing information, forms and documents ranging from the GAA
Official Guide (Part 1) and Playing Rules (Part 2), Club constitution, membership
forms, Club manual, registration and IT related Club information.
Also new to the site will be regular video, audio and news content, feature pieces
and player diaries as well as for the first time, a centralised database of archived
results ranging from All Ireland Senior, Minor, Junior, Intermediate, U21, Inter-
Provincial and Provincial final results (at all levels) in both codes. Also included will
be detailed county senior final roll of honours, team listings from all major finals as
well as a host of other results in various competitions.
All told, the new GAA website will be a crucial communications tool for the
Association moving forward and will be the first port of call for all information
relating to the Club and the Association at large.
Lisa Clancy – Director of Communications


Club Focus

Erin go Bragh (Áth Cliath / Dublin)
It’s said that from small acorns grow giant oaks and young Dublin club Erin Go
Bragh will definitely hope that this theory holds true.
The club, founded in 1986 before re-grouping and re-locating to the Littlepace/
Hunters’ Run/Castaheaney areas near Clonee in 2003 celebrated the arrival of
their temporary dressing-room facilities last weekend.
These new facilities have been placed on a site adjacent to Mary Mother of Hope
National School, Littlepace and will enhance the playing experience of juvenile and
underage players alike for the season ahead. The club is currently embarking on a
recruitment drive and is continuing to promote both football and hurling in
conjunction with their local school.

GAA Respect Initiative

The Association’s new Respect Initiative was launched last week by Uachtarán
Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana with assistance from inter-county
footballers Micheál Quirke and Dean Rock and Tipperary hurler Noel McGrath. Also
in attendance to lend their support to the event were top referees Diarmuid Kirwan
and Marty Duffy, National Hurling Co-ordinator Paudie Butler, Mickey Whelan and
Barney Rock.
The new scheme aims to target underage games in an effort to promote and foster
a spirit of goodwill and fair-play where all participants feel comfortable and
welcome. There are roles of responsibility for players, mentors, referees, parents,
guardians and supporters amongst others. For more information visit
Details of a Fair Play Index for the upcoming Allianz Leagues were also revealed at
this launch. League tables will be kept in both football and hurling rewarding
counties who pick up the least amount of disciplinary transgressions over the
course of the league, both on the field of play but also on the sideline.

Club Wall Launch – St Patrick’s Day

The Association’s new Falla na gClubanna will be officially launched at Croke Park
on St Patrick’s Day by GAA President Críostóir Ó Cuana as part of the Club final
day celebrations.
The wall, which is located at the entrance to the GAA Museum on the Cusack
Stand side of the stadium, includes the crests of club units from around the world
and has been designed to underline the link between Croke Park and our club

Next time you are visiting the museum or are seated in the Cusack Stand on match
day take time to find your club crest.

Allianz GAA National Leagues 2010 Lift Off

Top level GAA Football and Hurling action will resume across the country in the
coming weeks with the start of the Allianz GAA National Leagues in both football
and hurling. A full round of football matches across all four divisions takes place
next weekend (Feb 6/7) while the hurling league commences two weeks later.
Support your county between now and April and visit and your county’s
website for information on fixtures and results.

Hurling Helmets

As of January 1 last, all hurlers at all grades must wear a standardised hurling
helmet complete with full face guard any time they are carrying a hurley whether in
training or in a match situation. Referees will caution players who do not comply
and a failure to address this issue will lead to a second caution and the removal of
that player from the field. The GAA’s Player Injury Scheme is also dependent on
players’ full adherence with this regulation.
As part of their efforts to promote safety among players Marc Sports are operating
a Helmet Scrappage Scheme until February 21 2010. If you avail of this scrappage
scheme you will get a €15 discount off your new MARC Sports Hurling Helmet. A
donation will also be made to charity from this transaction.

Ag Éisteacht

The President and Director General are continuing with their club visits as part of
the Ag Éisteacht Programme in the run up to Congress 2010. An tUachtarán will
visit DCU GAA Club early this month and visits to the province of Connacht are
being planned at the minute for later in February. Clubs who have an interest in
hosting one of the questions and answers type evenings are invited to contact the
Communications Department at It is hoped that visits to most
counties will have taken place before April.

Ticketing – AIB Club finals and Season Ticket

Excellent value tickets for the St Patrick’s Day AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Football
and Hurling finals are currently on sale – six weeks before the St Patrick’s Day
Croke Park double billing.
A new ticketing initiative means discounted tickets for these games are now
available and can be purchased for as little as €15.
The new progressive pricing system, designed to reward supporters who acquire
their tickets in advance of these fixtures, will see tickets available for €15 and €20
at different stages in the run up to the finals and for €25 on the day of the matches.
There will be no concessions on these discounted tickets and juveniles tickets can
be purchased for €5 at all times. (Cusack and Davin Stands only).
It is also worth remembering that Season Tickets are available for the 2010 season.
County and code specific, they offer excellent value. Further information is
available from and purchases can be made through


February Midterm Break Activities @ The GAA Museum:
The Telling Tall Tales Tour
Monday 15th – Friday 19th February @ 14.30 daily,
An extra special tour of Croke Park, just for the kids,
where they check up on the GAA Museum Tour Guides to make sure they are not
telling lies – tut tut!
Kidzone Gallery Talk – The Star-Spangled Final
Sat 16th January @ 13.30
Did you know that the 1947 All-Ireland Football Final was played in New York?
Come along to the GAA Museum to discover more, try on old jerseys and
design your very own match poster and get to know the museum’s collections.
GAA Museum Special Offers
Ultimate Club Day Out – for under €15
January – March
The Croke Park Experience has teamed up with the National Aquatic Centre to
provide a fun filled day out for GAA Clubs wanting to reward their players of all
ages & levels for their hard work and dedication on the pitch.
Check out for more information or contact:
Maria Gorman, Bookings Executive, Tel- 01 8192374 or email
Senior Citizens Mondays for €5
January – April
Every Monday, Seniors can spend the day at the GAA Museum and take a behindthe-
scene guided tour of Croke Park Stadium for only €5.

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps

The official GAA summer camp is the Vhi GAA Cúl Camp. Congratulations to all
983 clubs who propose to host a camp next summer. To make sure your club is not
left out, please contact your county coaching officer or county games manager.
Changes to membership rules and registration rules for 2010
You are reminded that all clubs must complete the registration of Full and Youth
members before April 1. Registrations must be completed electronically, through
the Association’s online player and member registration system (rule 2.2 of the
Official Guide) at This is now the only acceptable method of
registration in the GAA.
Clubs should also be aware that the closing date for the acceptance of membership
fees in order to entitle a person to the privileges of membership, including the right
to vote at the club AGM, is on a date prior to March 31 (rule 6.2 of the Club
Constitution). Therefore, the old date of August 1 is no longer in use.
Training for the new online registration system will take place in all counties in early
2010. Many counties are already using the online system, with 960 clubs having
used the system to register in 2009. Clubs will be receiving further communication
on this in due course.



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Cheltenham Fundraiser

This weekend Erin’s Own launch FANTASY CHELTENHAM. This exciting fundraiser will allow all, young and old, to buy a racing ticket and a try their luck in Cheltenham . Check out our special Cheltenham web page, keep up to date with the tips and advice, and pick your winners. Best of luck!

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