Online Webinar for Club Officers – Good Governance in your Club/Finance & Governance for Club Treasurers

The GAA/LFGA/Camogie Associations will be running a series of Webinar-based Officer Training modules over the coming weeks. The first of these will be streamed live next Tuesday April 7th and Thursday April 9th. The schedule is listed below –

Tuesday, April 7th, 6pm: Doing Things Right: Good Governance in your Club

Thursday, April 9th, 6pm: Finance and Governance for Club Treasurers

  • Pre-Registration is essential for both courses. Users must create an account on the GAA’s Learning Portal if they haven’t already done so –
  • Once an account is created, users can register for a webinar via the following link –
  • The user must then click “Enrol” and will then be able to access the webinar via the same link on the date and time in question
  • Webinars will be streamed live, but a recording will be available for a limited period afterward
  • Webinars will be run via the Microsoft Teams App, it is advisable, but not essential, to have this App downloaded in advance
  • Headphones should be used, and microphones/video features should be muted/disabled in advance of the Webinar beginning to ensure privacy
  • Questions may be asked during the webinar using the “Chat” function, but no other feature should be used on Microsoft Teams

We do hope that the webinars will be well attended and of benefit to Club Officers during this uncertain time. Any queries, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Eoghan Tuohey on email at

Cork GAA Executive meeting 31/03/2020

The executive of Cork County Board met via video-conference on Tuesday, March 31st.

The following items were discussed:

Staffing and salaries – guidance received from Croke Park is to be applied to all employees.

Clubs who have direct employees are advised to contact

All Cork GAA employees are currently working remotely.


    • Testing continues at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
    • Cork GAA is co-operating with Cork City and County Council community support initiatives.
    • No activities should be undertaken at any club grounds between now and April 12th, (including grass cutting), apart from emergency situations.
    • Clubs are commended for their work in supporting their local communities.

A development proposal from Bishopstown GAA was passed, subject to County Board approval.

The rúnaí updated the executive on the joint Cork GAA / SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh business plan, on which work continues to progress in association with BDO Eaton Square.

Various projects under the remit of the executive are ongoing, including child protection compliance and the enforcement of regulations for camps with regard to child protection, safety and insurance.

A subcommittee of the executive is to be set up under the chairmanship of development officer Pat Horgan to examine all aspects of independent teams ahead of the 2021 season.

An update on the SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh audit will be provided to the next executive meeting.

Planning in relation to competitions is of limited value in the present uncertain climate and will be subject to future decisions at national level. In the meantime we are grateful to all members for their compliance with both government and GAA guidelines.

The next meeting of the executive will take place on April 14th.

GDA Pat Spratt shows the value of school GAA initiatives.

In January, Pat Spratt started a new project in Mallow National schools for 2nd class teachers and pupils. This coaching project ran for a duration of 6 weeks in three schools Gaelscoil Aogain, St Pats boys and Scoil Ghobnatan. Mallow being a huge urban area has a lot of children who never get the opportunity to take part in our games. This was the motivation for running the programme.
The 2nd class” Maghealla peil” project saw Martin Farrissey coach in St Patricks Boys National School Martin O’ Brien in Scoil Ghobnatan National School and Pat coaching in Gaelscoil Aogain. There was five weeks of uninterrupted coaching with all 2nd class pupils and class teachers followed up our sessions twice more weekly as part of the PE Curriculum. Pupils loved the project and there was huge improvements in the players  skills and Movements over the duration of the project.
At the end of the five weeks on March 4th schools brought all 180 pupils to Mallow Gaa pitch in the town park to take part in a football Blitz day. Sixth class boys and girls refereed on the day. All schools were mixed up into teams where boys played together and girls same giving everyone an equal opportunity to play in small sided games. Mallow GAA were on site to inform children of how they could join the club for the season ahead.
The project has been very successful and allowed 180 children the opportunity to play GAA, facilitated teacher training in physical education delivery and allowed Mallow GAA to build relations with pupils and the schools which will help in the recruitment of new players.
A similar project had recently commenced in Kanturk also and will resume once GAA activity returns .
Pat Spratt is a GDA in the North Region of Cork and you can follow Pats work on Twitter: @CorkGDAPatSprat