Death of former Clare & Munster Chairman Noel Walsh

Noel Walsh (1935-2020)

It is with regret that we have learned of the death of former Munster Council and Clare County Board Chairman Noel Walsh.

Noel hailed from Miltown-Malbay. As a player, Noel won two Clare Senior Football Championship medals with the St. Josephs Miltown-Malbay Club and served as Club Secretary and Chairman. Noel represented Clare at Minor and Junior Football level.

He was the Clare County Board delegate to Munster Council for 8 years and was also Chairman of Clare Bórd na bPáirc. Noel was a Senior Football Selector for 20 years including when Clare won the Munster Championship in 1992 and served 3 terms as Manager of the Clare Senior Football team.

Noel became Vice-Chairman of the Munster Council in 1992. In 1995, he succeeded Tom Boland as Munster Chairman and completed his term of office in March 1998.

He served as Chairman of the Coaching and Games Development Committee and also Chairman of the Provincial Football Development Committee. He was a member of the Management Committee and Central Council for 3 years, and was Chairman of the Amateur Status Committee.

Noel was appointed Chairman of the National Football Development Committee by then President Joe McDonagh, and was also a member of the Disciplinary Rules Workgroup, the Railway Cup Workgroup and Féile Peil na nÓg Workgroup.

Reacting to this sad news, Munster Council Chairman Liam Lenihan said –

“Noel made a major contribution to the GAA. During his term as Munster Council Chairman, it was his great honour to present the Munster Hurling Cup to Clare Captain Anthony Daly in 1995 after a 62 year gap, just three years after serving as a Clare Selector when they won the Munster Senior Football title. He was a very genuine supporter and one of the people who made the GAA what it is, a Community based Worldwide Organisation that gives people a sense of pride in their own place. His example is being followed today by those helping vulnerable people in their own Communities. On behalf of the Munster Council, we extend our deepest sympathies to Noel’s family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Clare County Board Chairman Joe Cooney said –

“It is with deep sadness that Clare GAA have heard of the passing of Noel Walsh. To say that Noel gave service to his Club, County, Province and Country would be putting it mildly. He was a leading light in the county of Clare for over five decades. His beloved St Josephs Miltown Malbay were always in his thoughts and this also was vividly correct for his love of his County. Playing and then managing Clare for a number of seasons ended with the most glorious of days in 1992 when his boardroom battles for a Munster open draw ended with Clare taking Munster honours. He served his County at Provincial and National level with much success. Noel’s innovative thoughts allied to a strong determination that the sport and equality for all was always to the fore led him to be one of the most respected administrators in the Association. Finally, on my behalf as Clare GAA Chairperson and behalf of the GAA people of Clare, may I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Ursula, son Carl, daughters Lisa and Noelle, grandchildren, close relatives, friends and GAA colleagues everywhere.”

Cork County Board pass on our condolences to his family and to Clare GAA on his sad loss

Using Microsoft Teams for GAA Meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic is obviously having a major impact on the way different GAA units work and communicate. So, the GAA’s Officer Development Committee is eager to make common jobs easier by providing a series of educational webinars in the coming weeks. These will complement online meetings that are already happening between certain departments and county officer groups.
Yesterday evening (22nd April), a live broadcast was held on using Microsoft Teams for online meetings and seminars. It was delivered by the highly experienced Noel Tierney and Gerard Bradley from the GAA’s IT Committee.

The following topics were discussed

The benefits of using Teams
How to access Teams
Logging in for the first time
Scheduling online meetings
How to join a meeting
How to share a screen and documents
Other useful tips and tricks

Please find attached the slides and user guide for Microsoft Teams.

Teams Presentation

User Guide – MS Teams

Click here to watch the webinar again.

Click here if you wish to give feedback on this webinar.


A summary of answers to questions that arose is below:

Q. Can I host a meeting via the Teams App on my mobile phone?

A. You can set-up a meeting and host it, but you typically won’t have all the features available through the desktop on your PC.

Q. Can Clubs use Teams to organise meetings with their Club Officers?

A. Yes.  Club Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PROs are all entitled to an official GAA e-mail account.  The Microsoft Teams package is available as part of the GAA’s arrangement with Microsoft for Clubs.

Q. I am an Officer, but don’t have an official GAA e-mail account.  How can I get one?

Ask one of the other Officers on your Executive to contact the same service using their official GAA e-mail account.

Contact details are:


T: +353 1 8843258

Q. What is the maximum number of attendees on a Teams call?


Q. Can Teams be used for voting?

It isn’t recommended.  At the recent Special Congress, delegates voted after the meeting using Microsoft Forms.  It is more confidential.  Click here to access the user guide on using Forms.

Q. Is audio conferencing available as part of the GAA’s arrangement with Microsoft?

A. No, not be default.  The audio-conferencing add-on can be purchased for an additional cost, which is approximately €1.61 per “Organiser”, e.g. a County Secretary.


If you have further questions, you are encouraged to direct these to your County IT Officer .  These officers part of an IT Officer Forum which relays queries and feedback to Tomás Meehan (GAA Chief Information Officer) and the IT Committee for consideration.  They will have much more technical knowledge on your queries.

Westlife Concerts



22nd April 2020

Following the Irish Government’s announcement to extend restrictions until 31st August 2020 for mass gatherings, Westlife have confirmed rescheduled dates for their two summer shows at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork.

Their concert on Friday 28th August 2020 is now rescheduled to Friday 27th August 2021 and their date on Saturday 29th August 2020 is now rescheduled to Saturday 28th August 2021.

No ticket exchange required. All tickets are valid for these new dates, subject to licence.

Those who have been on the Westlife journey with us know how important performing is to us, but also know that safety must come first and foremost in delivering a successful tour. This is the course we need to take to ensure the protection of our fans, our crew and everyone around us but also to ease pressure on those working tirelessly to fight this virus” stated Westlife.


For more details please see &

Cork Senior Hurling team supports Marymount

Cork Senior Hurler, Robbie O’ Flynn, has come up with a novel way of raising funds for Marymount Hospice.

He is gathering team members and GAA managers to undertake a solo run challenge over 48 hours on 25th and 26th April for Marymount hospice, which depends heavily on public donations.

Up to 50 Cork players and managers are expected to do a solo relay run in their gardens to raise funds over 48 hours next weekend. The solo runs will be videoed and streamed live via an Instagram page which Robbie set up for the event @Corkhurling.Marymount

He has also made a Facebook Page to support the initiative.

Robbie O’ Flynn said: “With a lot of Marymount’s fundraising events cancelled due to Covid-19, I thought it would be great if we could do something collectively to support them.

“Initially, I was thinking of donating or raffling jerseys but then thought that a solo run would be something that we could all get involved in to support this worthy cause. It would also be within social distancing guidelines in that we will all do the run in our own gardens or within a 2km radius of where we live. I asked some of the lads and they thought it was a great idea. Management have been really supportive too.”

The event aims to raise €50K for Marymount Hospice. Anyone who donates to the fund will be entered into a prize raffle for Cork team jerseys.

The 22-year-old player from Glounthaune in Cork, who has recently completed a Masters in Management and Marketing at UCC, said “ the run will begin at 6am on Saturday the 25th of April, followed on the hour and around the clock by each participant. “

The fundraising campaign has been launched via a Go Fund Me page and donations are already coming through.

“It’s good to be able to play a part in supporting such a worthy cause”, said Robbie.

“Covid-19 restrictions are affecting Marymount’s scheduled fundraising activities so this is a great opportunity to use our time, energy and skills to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Patrick Horgan, captain of the Cork senior hurling team, said: “We are all so delighted to be involved in such an event to support Marymount Hospice and the great work they do. Everybody in Cork has a close connection to Marymount in one way or another and show great strength and generosity any time an event like this one is run.

“The way Cork people especially come together to support something like Marymount, makes us all proud to be from Cork.”

Speaking about the event Cork Senior Hurling Manager Kieran Kingston said “Marymount Hospice is so important to the people of Cork, and the we are delighted to be able to be involved in a fundraiser like this, for such a great cause like Marymount Hospice”

Donations can be made via or by contacting Marymount Hospice’s fundraising team at 021 4501201 or email


Cork GAA online Easter camps hailed as a major success

Some creative thinking from our games development personnel has seen over 6,000 children engage in fun interactive GAA activities this week from the comfort of their own homes. GDA’s performed live  movement and skill sessions which children followed over 4 days as a novel way of replacing the Easter camps they would have attended in their clubs.
Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan noted, “GDA Colm Crowley floated the idea at a recent meeting and other GDA’s rowed in with some excellent content to bring the project to fruition. Numbers have been beyond our expectations with 11,000 views of the content through the week and we are exploring further similar projects in the near future reaching out to teenage players also.”
There were 2 live sessions each day. Session 1 was aimed at 4-8 year olds, ran by Colm Crowley and Pat Spratt. Session 2 was run by James McCarthy and Paudie O Brien for 9-12 year olds. Feedback from parents has been really positive with this novel initiative allowing parents and children to get active together and engage in physical activity to boost fitness and mental health in a fun way.
The sessions are a great resource for boys and girls to continue practicing their skills in the coming weeks so please log on to the link below and engage with the activities presented.
The Easter camps are just one element of the games development staff’s resourceful strategies in over coming the covid 19 impass. Cork GAA are also running weekly “Wednesday night Webinars” with a different guest speaker each night aimed at coaches of club players. Next Wednesday sees Pat Spratt talking about club structures and the benchmarking programme and coaches can log in by registering in advance with GDA Colm Crowley*.
There will also be a series of On Line foundation courses rolled out over the next 8 weeks catering for over 300 coaches throughout the county. Those wishing to register for foundation courses can register with Shane Supple*
* and log on to  for further details of all initiatives.

Coivd-19 Supports and Resources

We hope that you all had a lovely Easter. Please find a number of additional supports and resources below that may be of interest to yourselves and your networks;

Getting through COVID-19 Together

The Department of Health, The HSE and Healthy Ireland have launched a new site offering advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing and cope with your new daily routine: Here you will find supports and information across a number of areas of wellbeing.
They have also provided a link to some online counselling and support services for anyone struggling with their mental health, older adults or anyone requiring additional support during this time;

ExWell@Home programme

The ExWewll@Home programme offers a derailed and supportive home exercise programme for people with any long term medical problems. The programme operates on medical referral and has medical oversight. All details can be found at There will also be a short video tuition session on the RTE website every Monday Wednesday and Friday on the Lifestyle page;


Ulster GAA have launched a Covid-19 site which will provide updated guidance and support to their members
The GAA have added a number of different activities to their website that can help keep children entertained at home. They are available here;

Finance & Governance for Club Treasurers Content

Please find attached the Club Treasurer Pack and Template for Club Chart of accounts from the recent Finance & Governance for Club Treasurers Webinar.
It is hoped the recording of the webinar will be made available, this should be ready in the coming days.
All Governance resources can be accessed here –
These resources and many more can be accessed on the GAA’s Learning Portal –

Benchmarking Awards Conference

The 2019 Benchmarking Awards & Conference took place in Nemo Rangers on Sat 22nd Feb 2020. With many clubs receiving their awards on the day they also got a chance to attend nine different events

Main organiser Colm Crowley GDA welcomed everyone on the day and introduced Cork GAA Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane, who officially opened the conference.

On the day you had Traolach Martin, CBC Senior coach, former Dublin Underage coach a& Dublin Colleges Coach give a presentation on Developing a holistic Youth Player through Club, School and County

Barry Dunne Games Development Administrator with Waterford GAA give a presentation on Identifying your clubs values and steps to honour them.

Colm Crowley Coach County Board Games Development Administrator and Founder of Coaching the GAAme present a practical workshop on Games to introduce & Develop skills for 5 -10 year olds.

Pat Spratt & James McCarthy Cork GAA Games Development Administrators, All Ireland winning Minor and U20 Football Coaches give a practical workshop on Integrating a Games Based Coaching approach for Youth Players

Dr Diarmuid Lester – Bishopstown club player PE Teacher and Doctoral candidate in the area of Motor Development presenting The Importance of Fundamental Movement Skills for Children

Shane Supple Runai Rebel OG, Ex Games Development Administrator & Coach Education Coordinator for Cork GAA presenting Coach Education for your club and the structures in the coach education programs

Barry Mullane Founder Active Sports Coaching, Former GPO with Dublin GAA presenting a practical workshop on Fun Games & Activities to Develop Fundamental Movement Skills in Children

Colm O’Sullivan presenting Functional Movement & Athletic Development for the Youth Player and what the club can do for him

Kevin O’Callaghan , Games Manager with Cork GAA how to maximise 100% of your target audience, the local Primary Schools

Keynote Speaker who closed the conference Keith Ricken Cork U20 All Ireland Winning Manager and GAA Officer in CIT presenting a Player centered approach to Coaching.

We must thank the following people who helped make the conference a success, Colm Crowley and the full time staff with Cork GAA.  Kevin O’Callaghan Ganes Manager , GDA’s Pat Spratt, James McCarthy, GPO Paudie Crowley,  Rebel Og Chairman Michael O’Mahony,  Des Culinane, Childrens Officer with the County Board. Conor Counihan Director of Football with Cork GAA, all the staff in Nemo Rangers who facilitated everything on the day, to all our guest speakers and presenter who gave valuable insight in many aspects of being a coach in your club. To all the clubs who took part in Benchmarking and Coaching Officers from the clubs who spend so much time and effort making sure that their club stay current and up to date on Benchmarking.
Below are the results from the Benchmarking Accreditation Scheme for 2019 listed below.
Congratulations to all clubs who have achieved recognition through this initiative and it is testament to the great work going on in communities all over the county in promoting gaelic games.
While 2020 is currently presenting huge challenges to us all, where possible clubs should try to engage in the national coaching webinars every Tuesday and Thursday along with our Rebel Og Coaching webinars being held every Wednesday. If clubs wish to run workshops through a webinar forum with club coaches, then GDA’s would be happy to facilitate this in the coming weeks.

Gold Silver Bronze
Aghada GAA Club Canovee Aghinagh GAA
Cobh Adrigole Ballinascarthy
Ballincollig GAA Club Argideen Rangers Ballinhassig
Ballinora Ballycastle Gaels Ballyclough GAA
Bandon Bantry Blues Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh
Bishopstown Barryroe GAA club Boherbue
Blackrock National Hurling Club Bride Rovers Brian Dillons
Blarney Carrigaline Carraig na bhFear Gaa
Carbery Rangers Charleville castletownbere
Carrigaline Clann na nGael Courcey Rovers
Carrigtwohill Gaa Clonakilty GAA Cumann Peile Cill na Martra
Castlehaven Cloughduv Hurling Club Delanys Gaa
Clyda Rovers CROSSHAVEN Donoughmore
Douglas Hurling and Football Club Dripsey GAA Freemount
Eire Og Dripsey GAA Gabriel óg
Fermoy Glanworth Juvenile Club Grenagh
Fr O’Neills Gleann na Laoi Kilmacabea Gaa
Inniscarra Glenville Kilmeen/kilbree
Knocknagree Ilen Rovers GAA Laochra og
Killavullen Kilbrittain GAA Club Muintir Bhaire
Killeagh Kilshannig Na Piarsaigh
Kinsale GAA club Kilmurry/Cill Mhuire Saint Oliver Plunketts
Mayfield GAA kiltha og St James
Midleton GAA Lisgoold St Michaels
Mitchelstown/Ballygiblin Macroom St Vincents
Naomh Aban Meelin St. Colmans
Nemo rangers Newmarket St. Colum’s
Newcestown Shanballymore Juvenile club St. Finbarrs
Newtownshandrum Valley Rovers TADHG MacCarthaighs
O Donovan Rossa Tracton
Passage West GAA Uibh Laoire
Sam Maguires Urhan
Sliabh Rua Watergrasshill Hurling club
St Catherines

Rebel Óg Coaching Online Coaching Sessions

Traditionally during the Easter Holidays, GAA clubs are very proactive in hosting and running Easter Camps for their younger members.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic we are in, clubs are unable to do so this Easter.
With this in mind, we at Rebel Óg Coaching are going to host online coaching sessions next week from Tuesday to Friday on Youtube Live.
There will be two seperate camps, one for the Junior side (4-8 year olds) and one for the Senior side (9-12 year olds).
The Junior Camp will start at 10am each morning and run for approx 30 minutes.
The Senior Camp will start at 12pm each day and run for approx 30 minutes also.
To follow the camps, subscribe to Cork GDA Coaching on YouTube here

Covid-19 Resources

Stress Control online

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the HSE (Ireland) and across the world. You can find out more here:

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions. Each session will play twice a day (at 2pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on the 13th April (Session 1 will also repeat on Tuesday 14th). The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part: 1) Go to where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness – can be found in the ‘Free zone’. If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.

2) On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available. You can also follow this link:

3) The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.

4) Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.