GAA May/June Newsletter


  • Camán Abú and Peil Abú
  • Membership Cards Closing Date
  • GAA National Inclusion Forum
  • GAA Museum Offers and Clubs Database
  • Transfers and Sanctions FAQ’s
  • VHI GAA Cúl Camps
  • Insurance
  • Use of GAA Grounds
  • Club Focus – St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield
  • McNamee Awards
  • Ticketing
  • NSAI Survey

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Welcome to the May/June edition of the GAA Club Nuachtlitir.

May saw the staging of the 2011 National Inclusion Forum in Croke Park with a large audience looking at ways to encourage inclusion and integration through Gaelic games and to build on the good work that is already taking place. Further topics covered in the Newsletter of interest to Clubs include information on transfers and sanctions, VHI GAA Cúl Camps, helmet safety and rules updates.

In the coming months our inter-county season will reach fever pitch as the most coveted prizes in our games are contested at venues across the country. Witness real life action first hand by following your county or indeed big name players from other teams in both football and hurling. 

Our provincial councils are offering special group passes for the provincial championships and the same excellent value packages that have been available for the last two summers will once again be on offer when the All-Ireland series commences. Members are reminded that tickets for inter-county GAA Championship matches can be purchased at

We thank Clubs for distributing the newsletter to their members and would encourage them to continue to do so. Should you have any feedback on any aspect of what we are trying to do, please feel free to contact our Communications Department through

Is Mise le meas,

Lisa Clancy,
Director of Communications
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael


The various Provincial Councils are offering group pass offers for their 2011 championship games and patrons are advised to contact them directly for further information on these offers. Contact details for Provincial councils can be found by clicking here.

The GAA will make public its ticket arrangements for central council matches in the coming weeks.


Camán Abú and Peil Abú are the names of the Social and Recreational Hurling and Football games which were launched at this year’s Congress in Mullingar.

They were devised by the National Research Committee on foot of extensive trials which took place in Portumna (Hurling), and Sligo (Football) and at the Waterford I.T Sports Campus (Hurling and Football).

There has been a very positive response from participants who have derived a great sense of achievement, fun and enjoyment from their involvement. Camán Abú is effectively a non-contact ground Hurling game which is played with a modified hurling sliotar.

The big difference between Peil Abú and Gaelic Football is that players wear tags and a player who is tagged (caught in possession) has to hand over possession of the ball to the opposition. New footballs – a different one for indoors and outdoors – have been developed for the game.

Teams can be made up of male and female players on the basis that each team has an equal number of female players on the field at the same time. Players, apart from where Camán Abú and Peil Abú are organised within a Post-Primary School should be over 16 years of age and participate at their own risk.

The Association is currently in the process of establishing Camán Abú and Peil Abú centres on the basis that activities are supervised by a trained volunteer coordinator.

If a Club, College or Company is interested in getting involved, the proposed co-ordinator should contact Lorena Kelly, Games Development Section, Croke Park or


Please be aware that the final date for application for 2011 GAA membership cards is Monday June 6. Any Club that has not applied for membership cards and wishes to do so, can log on to the online registration system,, click on ‘club admin’ on the left hand menu, then click on ‘membership cards’ on the top menu and indicate that the club wishes to receive the cards.

As of today, cards have been printed and posted for Clubs from a total of 26 counties. The status of the printing and posting of cards for each county is outlined below. If you have any queries, please contact Kieran Leddy, GAA Organisation and Development Manager at Please note that only Clubs that apply for the cards will receive them.

Printed and posted – Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Kerry, Galway, Armagh, Tyrone, Tipperary, Derry, Donegal, Down, Antrim, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Meath, Limerick, Westmeath.

Printed and posted yesterday – Wicklow, Longford, Wexford, Fermanagh, Offaly.

Being printed and posted on June 1 – Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Louth, Monaghan, Waterford.


The GAA National Inclusion Forum took place on May 25 last in Croke Park. The GAA and its sister Associations are conscious of the fact that many people from minority groups or non-traditional GAA communities will have little or no knowledge or have had minimal contact with Gaelic games. The GAA is therefore very keen to make all people feel welcome to participate in our activities and play and support our games.

With this in mind, the GAA hosted a ‘game changing conversation’ about sport and inclusion in Ireland at the ‘GAA National Inclusion Forum’ which looked at encouraging inclusion and integration through Gaelic games and to build on the good work that is already taking place.

The Forum, which also marked and celebrated African Liberation Day, the UN’s International Year of Youth and the EU Year of Volunteering, is the GAA’s second such forum, with the first being held in 2007. Following on from the launch of the GAA Inclusion and Integration Strategy in 2009, it was felt that all three Gaelic bodies should meet with key stakeholders in the inclusion industry again this year, to showcase best practice.

If you would like further information, please contact Tony Watene (National Inclusion Officer) by email on


Why not visit the GAA Museum and take a tour of Croke Park for your next club outing?

A typical visit to Croke Park takes two hours and includes an exciting behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stadium, a short film, a chance to explore the GAA Museum’s exhibits and a visit to the Museum’s interactive games area.

To make a booking, call 01-8192374 or We welcome group bookings for a minimum of 20 people. Clubs can avail of the museum auditorium or the Ard Chomhairle section to present medals to juvenile players at no extra cost! Catering is also available by advance booking, or your group can bring lunch and enjoy it in one of our eating areas before or after their tour.

Special Offer for GAA Clubs – We’re offering a special discounted rate for all GAA clubs who wish to visit the GAA Museum from May 2011 until September 2011. Clubs will receive a special rate of €6 per child and just €8 per adult for group bookings of 20 people or more. Please note that we also offer one adult/supervisor free admission for every ten children in the group.

Museum Clubs Database
As part of the GAA Museum exhibition area, a touch screen Clubs database allows museum visitors to access information on every affiliated GAA Club. To keep this information up-to-date, every Club secretary should have received a log-in and password which allows Clubs to upload photographs and information on history, players, titles won, fundraising, blitzes, new buildings etc.

To ensure that your Club is represented on this database please login with your unique login and password and update your club information. For queries on the database, please contact us directly at or 01-8192323.


All information in relation to Club transfers Inter-Provincially and overseas can be found on the GAA website at This section of the site provides up to date information on when and what player transfers have been processed.

In addition, a document in this section is also available detailing frequently asked questions relating to transfers and sanctions which may be of use to Club members.


Now in its sixth year, the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps is a nationally co-ordinated programme which aims to encourage primary school children between the ages of 6 and 13, to develop sporting skills irrespective of their skill level or ability and also to develop a sense of sporting fair play and personal achievement by participating in various Gaelic games, in a fun, non competitive environment.

With over 1,000 camps taking place in Ireland and overseas, and over 80,000 children aged 6 – 13 years participating, the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps are the most popular children’s sporting camps in the country.

For information on how to book a camp, please The website also contains contact details for county co-coordinators, venue information and when camps will take place.


Fundraising activities
A reminder to all Clubs that scrap metal collection and the use of inflatable’s including bouncy castles are not permitted on GAA property. Fundraising activities (i.e. 5km fun runs etc) by Clubs which take place on public highways must also be notified in advance to the GAA Insurance Manager. Otherwise no cover will be afforded by the Public Liability Insurance.

Any third party bodies using GAA property in particular on a commercial basis must produce evidence of Public and Employers Liability insurance to the Club with a specific indemnity to the Club noted on their policy. All units should also have a Health and Safety statement in place. Sample Safety statements and assistance in drafting one is available from the GAA Insurance Manager.

Player Injury Scheme
All units are reminded that the scheme is funded entirely by GAA funds with no insurance involvement. The scheme is not intended to compensate fully for injury but to supplement other schemes such as Personal accident or Health Insurance. The scheme only covers unrecoverable losses up to the limit specified in the scheme.

Where a person has in place personal accident or private health insurance cover, a claim must be made under this coverage first. The scheme will cover any shortfall in these coverage’s up to the limits of the scheme. Private health insurance / personal accident cover do not operate a no claims bonus in the same way as for example car insurance. A claim under these coverage’s will not result in an increase in renewal premium.

Any units who have not yet submitted payment for the 2011 Player Injury Scheme are requested to do so urgently as subscriptions were due on March 31 last. Where fees remain outstanding claims will not be processed.

In all instances above, further queries can be directed to the GAA Insurance Manager, Sinéad Quinn at


The Gaelic Athletic Association has a policy of limiting the use of its grounds, facilities and properties to games and activities organised by the Association only. The GAA last reviewed its policy position on the matter in 1993 as part of the Report of the Fó-Choiste to prepare policy statements for the Association.

In the interim the following major rule changes of relevance have occurred:

  • In 2005 Annual Congress took the decision to allow use of Croke Park on a temporary basis by the Irish National Rugby team and the Republic of Ireland soccer team while Lansdowne Road was under redevelopment.
  • In 2010, Annual Congress voted to allow Central Council to consider applications for Use of Croke Park only, by other sports, on a case by case basis.

In the light of these significant changes, the restatement of the policy by Ard Chomhairle in August 2010 and a change in the penalty for breach of Rule 5.1 T.O. 2010 at Congress 2011, it is an appropriate time to re-affirm to clubs and update the GAA’s policy position on use of its property. For detailed information on this matter, please visit or click here.


In Croke Park on June 17, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana will join the Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D. at an event to help Irish companies access the new and growing markets in the dynamic Asian Region.

The event, which has been inspired by the annual Asian Gaelic Games, now the largest gathering of the Irish community in Asia-Pacific and the Gulf regions, is being hosted by the GAA to help members and Irish companies access the growing Asian markets for the key opportunity sectors of Technology, Financial Services and Green Funds, Pharma & Life Sciences, Education Services, Food and Tourism.

We would ask that you bring this to the attention of GAA members who may have an interest in learning more about doing business in this area. Places are limited so book now at to avail of the special rates for GAA members to attend the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum.


Clare club St Joseph’s Doora Barefield is a thriving modern GAA Club with a burgeoning membership. Their exciting new facility at Gurteen is a source of great pride with Club members and is in many ways a template for other clubs to aspire to follow.

With three playing pitches, state of the art floodlighting for both grass and all-weather surfaces, the goal of catering for the ever increasing population of the parish over the coming years is quickly coming to fruition.

The development process began as far back as 2000, when after purchasing the then scrub and rock site at Gurteen; the Club launched a major fundraising drive in the parish with a very ambitious plan for the site.

It proved to be a huge success and raised well in excess of €500,000 thanks to the support of members and the wider community.

The proceeds of the sale of the old playing grounds have also gone into the development of this fantastic facility. To date, more than €1.8 million has been spent and the finished facilities will serve as a testament to the immense effort, freely given, by so many volunteers in addition to meeting the playing and coaching needs of the Doora Barefield parish for many generations to come.

The official opening is due to take place in two weeks time with official duties to be overseen by Ard Stiúrthóir Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Páraic Ó Dufaigh in the company of Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.


Image Caption: 24 July 2010; Uachtarán CLG Criostóir Ó Cuana presents John C O’Shea, from Dr. Crokes Gaa Club, Co. Kerry, with his 2009 GAA McNamee Best Technology Innovation Award.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 GAA McNamee Awards which honour excellence in the area of communications, publication relations and journalism specifically related to the activities of the Association.

A number of the nine categories are directly related or open to submissions from clubs and they include Best GAA Publication, Best GAA Website and Best Modern Technology/Innovation Award.

The remaining categories which primarily focus on the work of the media are: Best GAA Radio Programme, Provincial Media Award, National Media Award, Irish Language Award / Gradaim na Gaeilge, Best Photograph and Best Match Progamme Award.

There is a limit of three photographs per entrant for the photographic award and one entry for all other categories.

It should be noted that only work published or completed in the 2010 calendar year is eligible for consideration and that entries will not be returned.

Submissions must be submitted to GAA Communications Manager Alan Milton (, Croke Park, Dublin 3 on or before June 20.


A review of the IS355 certification in relation to the attachment system for Hurling/Camogie faceguards has led The National Standards Authority of Ireland on behalf of the European Committee for Standardisation to develop a short survey on how secure players find helmets they wear.

A link to this survey can be found at We would encourage as many players as possible (Hurling and Camogie) to complete this survey as the information will benefit all during the development of a European standard.

We would ask that you forward this email to as many players as possible as a means of generating feedback to further develop improvements in helmet safety.

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