Award for Blake Murphy

Cork U20 football Blake Murphy has been selected in EirGrid U20 Top 20 footballers.

2020 winners were announced on Friday with Cork having one player selected.

Blake played a major part in Cork’s All-Ireland U20 success in 2019. Scoring a goal in the all important come back against Dublin in the final.

Upcoming Online Club Officer Training Events

Club Officers and Volunteers across all 3 Associations are invited to register in advance for more upcoming online webinars from the suite of modules offered under the Club Leadership Development Programme. This training is coordinated by the GAA’s National Officer Development Committee. 

Already, 22 webinars have been held as part of the programme, with over 1,200 Officers participating in the online sessions up to now. Role-specific webinars have been held across the four provinces, supplemented by workshops on the Microsoft 365 package last week. 

The coming weeks see a diversification in the training offering to Club Officers and Volunteers, with live webinars available via the Microsoft Teams Platform on Volunteer Recruitment, Data Protection, Essential Communication Skills and for newly appointed Irish Language & Cultural Officers.  

There are also further live workshops on the various Microsoft 365 applications available to Club Officers. 

These sessions are targeted at both newly appointed and existing Club Officers and offer an interactive opportunity to all attendees to enhance their own officer experience, as well as disseminating essential information on topics critical to the effective running of a GAA, LGFA or Camogie Club, especially in these uncertain times. 

Further details on upcoming modules are listed below. Registration remains open for all online workshops via the online Club Leadership Development Programme calendar – Participants simply have to select “registration link” next to the module(s) of their choice, complete their details and submit. They will then receive a link to the session in advance.   


Online Club Officer Training Workshops (next 2 weeks)  

Register for all modules in advance –   

  • Recruiting, Retaining & Engaging Volunteers – January 19th @7pm  
  • Essential Training for Data Protection – January 20th @7pm  
  • Microsoft Teams (Intermediate Level) – January 21st @6pm  
  • An Ghaeilge sa Chlub – January 21st @7pm  
  • Microsoft OneDrive – January 25th @6pm   
  • Essential Communication Skills – January 26th @7pm  
  • Microsoft OneDrive & Forms – January 27th @7pm 


Kingston and Coleman nominated for All-Stars

Cork hurlers Shane Kingston and Mark Coleman have been nominated for 2020 All-StarsNames on the list of hurling nominations for the PwC All-Stars announced today (Saturday).It is intended that the presentation of the PwC All-Star awards will take place late next month in a TV show that will be in line with Covid-19 restrictions and will be confirmed in due course.

Maguire nominated for All-Star

Cork football Captain Ian Maguire has been nominated for an All-Star award.

Players from 10 different counties are represented in the final list of football nominations that make up the PwC All-Stars announced today.

It is intended that the presentation of the PwC All-Star awards will take place late next month in a TV show that will be in line with Covid-19 restrictions and will be confirmed in due course.

Legendary Cork football manager Eamonn Ryan passes away

Cork GAA would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Eamonn Ryan who past away today.

A player and coach of his home clubs’ of Glenville and Watergrasshill, Eamonn went on to play with Cork football at both Cork Juniors and Seniors grades. In 1966 at 25, he was a key player on the Cork senior football team that defeated Kerry for the first time since 1957.

He played Railway Cup for Munster in 1966 and 1967 and won two Sigerson Cups with UCC in 1966 and 1967. He captained the College in the 1967 Cork senior football final and replay where Beara claimed the title.
As a teacher he entered many teams in Sciath na Scol competitions with Watergrasshill National School.
Eamonn had grá for coaching, where he coached different clubs to win County honors in Cork.
Eamonn claimed a Munster senior football title as Cork manager in 1983 and from 1990 to 1994 he was coach to Cork minor football teams who won 3 Munster titles and 2 All Irelands. In recent times (2016 – 2018) he was a selector with the Cork senior footballers.
As Manager of the Cork Ladies Football team, he achieved incredible success and became a national name. From 2004 to 2015, he coached the Cork Ladies Football team to an incredible 10 All Ireland senior championship titles and 6 National League titles.





Cork Minor Football & Hurling Announcement

Cork GAA is please to confirm the management teams for both the Cork Football and Hurling Minor teams for 2021.

Following the recent appointment of Bobbie O’ Dwyer as a selector with the Cork Senior Football team, an appointments committee was set up to recommend a new Minor Football manager. Following their recommendation, the County Executive have confirmed Michael O’Brien (Ballincollig) as manager, with selectors Daniel Cronin (St Mary’s), Gary Sheehan (Carrigtwohill), Martin O’ Brien (Clonakilty) and Donnacha O’Connor (Ballydesmond). All members of the management team were involved with development squads at Fé15 and Fé16 level in 2020 and have been approved for a 2-year term.

In October 2019 it was announced that Noel Furlong (Carrigtwohill) would be appointed Cork Minor Hurling Manager in 2021. His selectors will be David Dorgan (Fr. O’Neills), Ger O’Regan (St. Finbarr’s), Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill) and Wesley O’ Brien (Carrigaline). This management team has been approved for a 1-year term as they progress from Fé15 and Fé16 level in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

New County Cathaoirleach Marc Sheehan welcomed the appointment of the new Fé17 Football Management team and wished them every success for their term at the helm. He acknowledged the involvement of the new mentors with previous development squad panels. He also paid tribute to the work of the most successful outgoing management who achieved great success in this grade and captured the All Ireland title in fine style against Galway in 2019. Furthermore, he wished the Fé17 Hurling Management under manager Noel Furlong every success as they continue their progress with this group

County Committee Report 12/1/2021

The first County Committee meeting of 2021 was held online on Tuesday January 12th. The Chairman Marc Sheehan welcomed everyone to the meeting and said how he looked forward to working with the clubs , board members and executive members and all those involved with Cork G.A.A. The minutes of the previous meeting (November 24th 2020) were proposed and seconded.

The Rúnaí raised a number of items of correspondence that had been received from Sarsfields Hurling Club re age grades, correspondence re Rebels Bounty, fixture enquiries and Inter County teams.

The Sarsfields’ correspondence related to games being provided for the in-between ages of 14 and 16. This has been forwarded to Rebel Óg for consideration.

In relation to the Rebels’ Bounty members draw, The Chairman said the draw was being promoted vigorously and significant engagement was taking place with clubs and members by our staff and the Support Committee. The first draws will take place in the Spring of the year based on the framework agreed before Christmas. Being conscious of the Covid-19 situation and based on feedback from clubs, the first three draws will be held on March 25th 2021.

The Chairman gave an update on inter-county appointments. A meeting of the Executive was held on December 28th at which Ronan McCarthy was reappointed as Senior Football Manager for a 2-year term along with outgoing selectors Cian O’ Neill and Sean Hayes. Newly appointed selectors are John Hayes (Carbery Rangers) and Bobbie O’ Dwyer (Macroom) The Chairman thanked outgoing selector Gary O’ Halloran (Ballinora) who is stepping down for personal reasons.

A Minor Football appointments committee has been set up and it is expected to have a management team finalised in the very near future.

The Chairman reiterated the Board’s commitment to full compliance with National Public Health Guidance and Association guidance as they pertain to all our units and teams. The Executive committee and Senior Football Team Management are presently engaged with Coiste Bainistí C.L.C.G. and we await the finalisation of this process.

The Rúnaí read out a number of Inter-County reports on games that were held in November and December. The Chairman warmly congratulated the Under 20 Hurling panel and management on their Munster final win on December 23rd.

The Rúnaí referred to the progress report. It was highlighted the monthly schedule of meetings and they will be held on the first Tuesday of every month.

The Chairman announced that nominations had been received for members of the County Committee to sit on the Executive. These are Mick Lyons (Araglen – Junior Club representative) , Donal McSweeney (Ballinora – Intermediate Club Representative) , Tony McAuliffe (Lismire / Duhallow – Divisional Representative) and Tom Wilson (Newcestown – Senior Club Representative ) and all these were deemed elected. Marc welcomed Tom to the Executive committee.

A C.C.C. report was given by the Rúnaí. A summary of fixtures was provided. The National calendar had been sent out to the clubs. This entailed a dedicated 12 week only for clubs , and the Rúnaí acknowledged that 12 weeks is very tight in Cork especially for dual clubs. He said the C.C.C .were looking at provisionally starting championships 2 weeks early on the weekends of the All-Ireland Senior Finals and if Cork were in the finals then Championship would be deferred. In relation to the completion of the 2020 competitions, it is clear that the dates previously advised for early March cannot be achieved and it is hoped these games in late June or early July, prior to the 2021 competitions commence but a bigger window is needed to complete the Junior competitions. In relation to the leagues, the C.C.C .are trying to preserve 50% with the amount of league games being played being halved . The Rúnaí said a very successful meeting with Divisions was held on Monday evening. In relation to the Junior B competitions, priority would be given to the open Junior B county. The Rúnaí said he doesn’t see 2020 County Under 21 county competitions being completed. The Rúnaí said the draws had been planned for late January but this has been deferred until early February where either/or teams being used where winners / relegation has to be finalised. Independent team for Under 21 are currently being vetted and this will be all done in advance of the February meeting. The Rúnaí said there will not be any County Junior leagues this year.

Munster Council delegate Ger Lane confirmed a Munster Council meeting on Thursday of this week with a report to follow.

Central Council delegate Tracey Kennedy gave an update of a Central Council meeting on December 18th . The next Central Council meeting will be on January 30th.

The County Treasurer , Diarmuid Gowen, referred to a recent County Treasurers’ meeting. A funding support package is available for insurance. Clubs who wish to avail of this support must respond to the questionnaire they have received by Friday week January 22nd , Diarmuid encouraged clubs to fill it out.

The Vice-Chairman Pat Horgan spoke briefly in relation to the C.C.C. He said the C.C.C was working away with a number of meetings being held and they looked forward to working with the clubs and Divisions for the year ahead.

The Chairman said that Referees administrator Niall Barrett and the referee committee are recruiting new referees and he asked that all clubs provide at least one referee.

The Chairman confirmed that a Sponsorship agreement had been concluded with Sports Direct in early December 2020 and the Board looks forward to the formal launch of this arrangement in the near future. It is a matter of regret to the Board that information had come into the public domain prior to the intended launch of this arrangement. The Chairman acknowledged the generous sponsorship and support of Chill Insurance over the past number of years. The Board looks forward to providing the detail of our Sponsorship arrangements at our next meeting. He also confirmed that the Football Leagues would be sponsored by Cork Credit Unions and the Hurling Leagues by Cork’s Red FM.

The Chairman stated that the allocation of County Board match passes is being reviewed at the moment and a recommendation will be provided at the February meeting.

Votes of Sympathy for deceased members were recorded.

The Chairman concluded the meeting by urging members to comply fully with Public Health Guidance to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 2nd at 8pm.


Cork GAA Physical Education Teacher Support

Rebel Og Coaching are delighted to team up with Sciath na Scol to offer Primary School teachers across the county the opportunity to provide students with remote physical education classes over the next 3 weeks. The sessions have been designed by Cork GAA Games Development Administrators (GDA’s) and cater for all students with age-appropriate activities. The classes are aimed at getting children active through fundamental movement skills in keeping with the physical education curriculum. The classes can be done at home as they are delivered on line. To ensure whole school engagement, classes will be streamed across four levels from infants right up to sixth class.
Cork GAA Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan noted that “children across the county are disappointed they cannot get back to school to meet their friends. For many children, the highlight of the school week is based around lunch time activity and physical education classes. Cork GAA are delighted to be able to offer some support to teachers in trying to encourage students to fit in physical activity even though they are not in school. Our team of GDA’s have put a very engaging programme of activity together and I am sure that many children will have great fun when interacting with the sessions”. Sciath na Scol Chairman, Dave Collins says that “children throughout the county are struggling with Covid 19 restrictions and having a programme of physical activity will provide huge benefits in terms their physical and mental health along with helping to improve concentration levels. I would encourage all teachers to promote these classes with their students and place on record our thanks to Cork GAA for providing this support”.
The links to the classes are listed below. New classes will be uploaded each week until schools return


Club update re Ireland Lights Up postponed & important hurling helmet safety information

Please find below important club updates relating to the postponement of the Ireland Lights Up walking initiative until February, and a pre season safety reminder about hurling helmets and required safety standards.

Ireland Lights Up postponed to February

The GAA today received a communication from Sport Ireland who, in consultation with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media, have requested the postponement of the Ireland Lights Up walking initiative until the start of February (dependent on the Government guidelines at that time). We were informed that this late change of position was prompted by the continued escalation of the pandemic here in Ireland.

The grant scheme offered by Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland to support clubs in the delivery of Ireland Lights Up 2021 (up to a maximum of €1,000 per club, T&Cs apply) remains in place and will be activated once the green light for the commencement of the initiative is given. All GAA clubs that register to participate in Ireland Lights Up will automatically be issued details of the grant process in the coming weeks. As of today 451 GAA clubs had registered. You can continue to register here:

Healthy Club ‘Every Step Counts’ Challenge will proceed

The GAA Healthy Club ‘Every Step Counts’ Challenge in partnership with Irish Life’s MyLife App will proceed as planned and will start on Wednesday, January 13th and will run for 7 weeks. In each province there are 3x O’Neills vouchers up for grabs – €2,500, €1,500 & €1,000. Any club that tracks more than 4,000km during the challenge will be entered into the prize draw in their province.

Register your club here: and get your members signed up to join your club’s team. Please allow 48 hours from registration for your team to appear on the App. If you have any questions or are experiencing any problems with the MyLife app, please email

Hurling helmet safety

In advance of the 2021 GAA season, players are reminded about the need to check that their equipment is in good condition and meets the required safety standards.

The GAA would like to remind all players at all levels in all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it is mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.

The following helmet manufacturers currently provide products which meet the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

  • Atak Sports
  • Azzuri
  • Marc Sports
  • Mycro
  • O’Neills

Players and parents should note that not all products provided by some of these manufacturers meet the standards of IS:355.

Once the helmet or faceguard is modified in anyway, the player is playing at an increased risk of injury and not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.

COVID Update 5.1.2021

Given the current exceptional rise in infection rates of Covid 19 and the increased risk of community transmission, the GAA has taken the decision that there will be no collective training permitted for inter-county teams for at least the remainder of the month of January.   

In addition, Club and County gyms must stay closed until further notice.   

As previously advised, and under the current Government Regulations in both jurisdictions, neither training nor games are permitted at club level currently.    

Breaches of any of the above provisions will be dealt with under Rule 7.2 (e) “Misconduct considered to have discredited the Association”. The full wording of this Rule and potential penalties are included as an Appendix 1 below.  

As you are aware, the current Level 5 restrictions in the South will run until January 31st at which point the GAA will review the current situation and further advice in this context will be provided.   

Finally, it is important to note that outdoor gatherings on GAA property are not permitted – the only current exception to this is for walkways (which may stay open for use by the community with social distancing in place) and for clubs registered under the “Ireland Lights Up” walking initiative (see Appendix 2).  

I fully appreciate the frustrations these additional restrictions may place on our inter county players and management teams. However, the safety of everyone in the game and indeed in the broader community has to be our primary focus. It has never been more important for our players, coaches and officials to follow both the Government guidelines and our own provisions around training.   

I thank you for all you have done in this context to date and ask again for your cooperation and understanding as we battle to defeat the virus and finally return to normality.  

Is mise le meas,   

Tomás O Riain              Seán Ó hÓráin


 Appendix 1  

Rule 7.2 (e) Official Guide, 2020  

7.2 (e) Misconduct Considered to have Discredited the Association.  

This shall include breaches of Rule 1.12 Official Guide Part 1, and Rules 5.33 (Hurling) and 5.29 (Football) Aggressive Fouls, Playing Rules, Official Guide Part 2.  

Penalties: Member – A minimum 8 weeks suspension. Debarment and Expulsion from the Association may also be considered.  

Team/Unit – Where suspension is deemed appropriate – a minimum of 8 weeks. A Fine, Disqualification and Expulsion from the Association may also be considered. 

Appendix 2 

Ireland Lights Up 

In support of the Irish government’s current ‘Keep Well’ campaign, Ireland Lights Up 2021 will proceed within the current Covid-19 restrictions but with the delayed start date of Wednesday, January 13th.  

The ‘Keep Well’ campaign aims to support communities and individuals to mind their mental and physical health over the coming months. Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland have made available a grant scheme to support clubs’ costs in delivering Ireland Lights Up 2021. This year, other sporting codes are also participating in the initiative to maximise its positive impact on local communities.    

Almost 350 GAA clubs have registered to date to participate. It is vital that clubs abide by public health guidelines and take every due diligence to ensure those who want to enjoy a walk at their local GAA grounds can do so safely. Walkers also have a responsibility to adhere to the latest public health guidelines (including travel restrictions, set at 5km from one’s home at time of issue).

Required steps:  

    • A risk assessment must be completed (templates provided on registration website)   
    • Clubs should register on Get Ireland Walking App which allows for walkers to book individual/household walking timeslots (link available on registration page – will be active from January 7th)   
    • Get Ireland Walking has recommended a maximum of 50 people per hour be permitted on a standard walking track surrounding a pitch (this limit is automatically set on the above App)   
    • All walkers must adhere to public health Covid-19 guidelines, including travel restrictions (currently set at a 5km radius from one’s home)   
    • Participants must walk as individuals or within their household pods   
    • Children must always remain with parents/guardians   
    • A one-way system must be in place on the track for walkers  
    • Hand sanitisation station(s) should be placed at the entrance of the track  
    • The carpark and walking track should be the only elements of the club facilities open to members/the public  
    • Covid 19 signage to be in place at the club property and on walkway   

Ireland Lights Up is delivered in partnership with Get Ireland Walking and RTE’s Operation Transformation and will be officially launch on the Wednesday, January 13th episode of the hit TV show.