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County Committee Report 03/11/2020

A meeting of the County Committee was held online via Teams Live on Tuesday November 3rd. County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy welcomed delegates, explained the delay in having a meeting and thanked all who had worked so hard for Cork GAA throughout the past few months. She also noted the success of the new County Championship format.

Runaí Kevin O’Donovan gave an update on Páirc Uí Chaoimh, noting the quality of the pitch last Sunday despite the bad weather and thanking all sponsors who had come on board with purchasing pitch advertising. He noted the work of commercial manager Sinéad O’Keeffe in this area. In response to queries, the runaí reported that it was hoped to have an update on the audit of the stadium accounts later this week, and that they were due to be presented to the stadium board at its next meeting. No information had yet been received about government funding for GAA clubs. The Chairperson thanked Niamh and the staff at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Richard Murphy, Michael Byrne and the event team and John Murphy and Stephen Forrest who look after the pitch for all their hard work on the staging of recent games.

In an update on finances, Kevin O’Donovan noted and thanked county championship sponsors Co-Op Superstores and Bon Secours Hospital also The Irish Examiner for coming on board as streaming partners. He confirmed that The Irish Examiner had paid a fee to Cork GAA for the rights to stream games for 3 years. Kevin thanked both Sinead O’ Keeffe (Commercial Manager) and Michelle Hussey (Accounts Manager) for all their work in relation to both Cork GAA and Páirc Uí Chaoimh. He also thanked the season ticket holders and the premium seat holders for their understanding in relation to ticket distribution for the county championship games. Chairperson Tracey Kennedy added her thanks to the sponsors for coming on board and said she was delighted to have really strong brands associated with Cork GAA, particularly in this challenging year, and looked forward to the development of those relationships into the future. She also noted the contribution of Sinéad O’Keeffe to these partnerships.

Kevin O’Donovan again outlined the plan for the new Rebels’ Bounty fundraiser and dealt with various queries submitted by clubs. The launch date had been delayed by Covid-19 but he hoped that this could take place in the coming weeks. In terms of a brochure, as requested by many clubs, Kevin reported that this and other promotional material would be supplied to clubs as soon as possible. Clubs were reminded that a recording of the webinar has been emailed to them, which they may wish to use at meetings. The approval process was outlined and clubs will be contacted in relation to this in the very near future.

In relation to inter-county teams, since the last County Committee meeting the Under 20 Footballers had lost the Munster Final to Kerry in March. Last month the Minor Hurlers had defeated Clare and the Under 20 Hurlers had defeated Kerry. The Minor Footballers were due to play Kerry this weekend. The two Minor competitions along with Under 20 Hurling competition were currently paused. The Senior Hurlers lost to Waterford last weekend and play Dublin this Saturday while the Senior Footballers play Kerry this Sunday. The Chairperson said that the Hurlers’ game would be shown on Sky Sports but people with Sky didn’t need Sky Sports to watch it as the game was on Sky Sports Mix and the Runaí informed delegates that there was was also an option to purchase a day or month pass on Now TV.  The Chairperson wished both senior teams well in their vital games this weekend.

The runaí reported that a sub-committee of the Executive had submitted a report on independent teams, which had been discussed and approved by the Executive and referred to the CCC, which would set up a sub-group to monitor and support such teams.

An update was given on County Convention, which will be held online on Monday December 7th . Those wishing to seek nomination would need to do so by clubs as per normal but a shorter time would be given for people to withdraw their name (nominations by 9am on Monday November 9th; withdrawals by 9am on Thursday November 12th). Votes received by ordinary post would be allowed but no votes could be hand delivered. It is asked that clubs would not submit motions unless strictly necessary due to the complications of online voting, and the chairperson pointed out that a special convention could be held during the year if necessary, if restrictions were lifted. A returning officer and tellers would need to be put in place for officer elections and the Executive will contact clubs further on this.

In officer reports, Development officer Pat Horgan listed the developments that had been approved by the Executive during the year. He also spoke about upcoming AGMs that would be held online at Club and Divisional level. He would be meeting with Terry Brady (IT Officer) and Joseph Blake (Cork PRO) to discuss and they would in turn be in contact with the clubs and divisions. Pat also mentioned about how Office 365 training had not been fully finished in March due to Covid-19. Coaching Officer Ronan Dwane had submitted a report on coaching in the Progress Report.

Vice–chairperson Marc Sheehan, gave a CCC update. He said that remaining county championships would be completed next year, but that would not happen for the county under 21 championships. Marc also referred to the first presentation of the Jim Forbes Cup.

The County Chairperson congratulated the 3 County Champions, Blackrock, Charleville and Blarney on their wins and thanked the CCC for their dedication, noting the particularly difficult decisions they had to make this year.

In other business, the County Chairperson also congratulated Larry Tompkins and Denis Coughlan on their recently published autobiographies and wished them well with them.

Votes of sympathy were read and this concluded the business of the meeting.

The next meeting will be Tuesday November 24th.

Cork GAA County Committee Report 03/03/2020

The County Committee met on 03/03/2020. The minutes of the previous meeting on 04/02/2020 were taken as read and adopted. The Youghal delegate, who had missed the previous meeting, expressed disappointment that the County Board pass was being replaced, while the St. Nick’s delegate felt that All-Ireland medal holders should be excluded from the change, but the Cathaoirleach reiterated that the proposal had been accepted unanimously at the previous meeting, that it was a very small gesture by which we could all do our bit to improve the finances of Cork GAA, given that there were over 900 free passes in circulation, and that it was vital that all pass-holders were treated equally by being offered the opportunity to purchase the new Season Ticket at a much-discounted rate of €50 instead of the pass.

The Cathaoirleach then advised the meeting that talks had begun involving Cork GAA, Cairde Chorcaí, members of the stadium board and members of the financial advisory and planning sub-committee with a view to developing a co-ordinated plan for the financing of all aspects of Cork GAA, including the stadium, and that an update would be provided to the County Board in due course.

She also announced that financial advisers BDO Eaton Square had been engaged to develop a joint business plan Cork GAA and Páirc uí Chaoimh, which was due for completion by early summer. As the secondment of Michelle McAleer to the stadium was due to end after the completion of the stadium accounts, Cork GAA and the stadium board were to jointly fund three short-term appointments in the commercial, facilities and accounting areas, to operate across both entities pending the finalisation of the business plan.

Tributes were paid to Michelle McAleer by the Chairperson and by Michael Byrne, the stadium event controller.

Inter-county match reports were read out, and the Chairperson wished Keith Ricken and the U20 footballers every success in the following night’s Munster Final against Kerry.

The Progress report was adopted, and the Runaí raised the issue of child protection in the context of un-approved camps. He stressed the importance of adhering to the rules of the GAA and the law of the land in relation to such camps, and reminded clubs of the standards required for approval.

A brief CCC report was given, and clubs were informed that league games which had been postponed due to weather could be re-fixed outside of the 30-day period but that all fixtures needed to be submitted to the office by Friday 13th March.

Reporting on the recent annual Congress, the Chairperson commiserated with Jerry O’Sullivan, who had been unsuccessful in his bid for the GAA presidency, and congratulated Larry McCarthy, originally from Bishopstown, on his election as Uachtarán Tofa.

A number of club developments were proposed and seconded, and votes of sympathy were passed.

The next meeting was fixed for April 7th.

Congress 2020

This Friday and Saturday (February 28 and 29) the GAA’s Annual Congress takes place in Croke Park.

A total of 63 motions will go before the delegates to be debated and voted on.

At the bottom of this article you can view and download the motions as they will appear before the delegates.

You can also download some useful documents to read alongside examining the motions – GAA Official Guide Parts 1 & 2, Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan’s 2019 Annual Report, and the GAA’s 2019 Financial Report.

Below is a simplified guide to the motions to be dealt with this weekend. via www.gaa.ie 

It’s worth noting that there are no new rule changes proposed by any motion this year, only amendments to current rules. Any motions passed in terms of rule amendments will be implemented a month after Congress subject to Central Council.

MOTION 1

This motion proposes to give the sidline official the power to bring to the attention of the referee, during a break in play, any instances of foul play which have not been noticed by the referee.

MOTION 2

This motion seeks to give team captains and managers the power to ask the referee to consult with the Hawkeye Score Detection System and/or his fellow officials to clarify if any of the match officials erred in making a decision in relation to the validity of a score or the awarding of a free/sideline/wide/45 or 65 or square infringement. This would be limited to two failed requests per team and the request must be made before the play resumes.

MOTION 3

This motion proposes that a referee must first give permission to a team medical officer or another authorised official before they can enter the field of play to examine an injured player.

MOTION 4

Under current rule in both Gaelic Football and Hurling you can carry the ball in your hand for a maximum of four steps before you play it. This proposed rule amendment would stipulate instead that you can carry the ball for a maximum of two seconds in Gaelic Football and Hurling in your hand(s) before you play it.

MOTION 5

This motion seeks to extend the rule that allows a temporary substitution if a player has a blood injury. If passed, you will also be allowed to bring on a temporary substitute for a player who has suffered a ‘head injury’.

MOTION 6

This motion proposes a rule amendment that any player who receives a kick-out cannot pass it back to his goalkeeper. The penalty proposed for a breach of this rule would be a free-kick awarded to the opposition from the position the goalkeeper recieves the pass, or if the goalkeeper is inside the 13m line when in receipt of the pass the free will be from the 13m line opposite where the foul occurs.

A total of 63 motions will be voted on at Annual Congress in Croke Park this year. 
A total of 63 motions will be voted on at Annual Congress in Croke Park this year. 

MOTION 7

This motion relates to the advanced mark in Gaelic Football and comes from the Standing Committee on Playing Rules. At the moment if a player wins an advanced mark he can elect to play on and must be allowed to proceed unhindered for four steps by the opposition if he does play on. This motion proposes to allow the opposition to tackle the player immediately if he wins a mark inside the large or small rectangle and elects to play on.

MOTION 8

This motion relates to the duties of linesmen and the sideline official and puts forward two proposals. It gives linesmen the authority to, having consulted with the referee, indicate to a sideline official the amount of additional time to be played. Currently sidline officals are only appointed for senior inter-county championship matches and League Games. This motion also proposes that a sideline official can also be appointed by the committee in charge for all other games.

MOTION 9

This motion proposes giving awarding two points to the scoring team when a ball is struck over the bar and between the posts in hurling from a sideline cut.

MOTION 10

This motion proposes extending the duration of adult club matches from 60 minutes to 70 minutes.

MOTION 11

Currently All-Ireland semi-finals that are level after normal time go to extra-time (The All-Ireland Finals and Provincial Finals are currently the only inter-county championship matches that go straight to a replay if level at the end of normal time). This motion proposes doing away with extra-time for All-Ireland semi-finals. An All-Ireland semi-final that is level at the end of normal time would instead go straight to a replay.

MOTION 12

This motion proposes to prohibit the use of metal bands on hurleys at underage hurling up to and including the U-12 grade.

MOTION 13

This motion proposes to introduce a black-card in hurling on a similar basis to which it already applies in football – to deliberately pull down an opponent; to deliberately trip an opponent with hand, arm, leg, foot or hurley; to deliberately collide with an opponent after the opponent has played the ball away for for the purpose of taking the opponent out of the movement of play; to remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a match official; to threaten or to use abusive or provocative language or gestures to an opponent or team-mate. The black-card penalty would be ten minutes in a sin-bin. If the player has already been yellow-carded, then he is show a black-card followed by a red-card. A player who receives a second black-card or a yellow-card after returning to the field of play from the sin-bin would be red-carded.

MOTION 14

This motion deals with what offences merit cards in Gaelic Football and Hurling. At the moment referees shall only issue cards if they deem the infraction to be have been deliberate and not accidental. This motion proposes to remove that clause so referees will no longer have to judge whether a serious act of foul play was deliberate or not.

MOTION 15

This motion deals with the advantage rule and proposes that if an aggressive foul occurs within scoring distance in Gaelic Football (e.g. within 45m) and hurling (e.g. within 65m) that the referee will award the free rather than play advantage unless the referee considers there is a clear potential of a goal being scored.

MOTION 16

This motion proposes that each team should have a designated official and two designated players chosen before a match and identified by the wearing of a distinctive armband who are able to approach the referee in a courteous manner as to a matter of fact in relation to the game before the game starts, at half-time, or when the game ends.

During a break in play the players wearing these arm-bands are the only ones allowed on the pitch to approach a referee in a courteous manner to seek clarification on a decision a match official has made. The referee must give a clear and polite reply when addressed by these players.

If an undesignated player approaches a referee and shows dissent when the opposition have been given a free then the referee can bring the free forward 13m (but no further than an opponent’s 20/13m line).

If an undesignated player approaches a referee and shows dissent after their own team have been given a free then the referee can cancel the free and throw-in the ball.

If an undesignated player from either team approaches a referee and shows dissent during open play the referee can award a free to the opposition from where the dissent took place or where the ball is in play, whichever is more advantageous.

MOTION 17

This motion seeks to clarify what the responsibilities of all development related officers in a county would be. It would get rid of the generic title ‘Development Officer’ and instead specify a number of rules such as ‘County Safety Officer, ‘County Insurance Officer’, etc.

MOTION 18

This motion proposes to give each county the authority to regrade players in a manner appropriate for their own championships subject to any guidelines issued by Central Council.

MOTION 19

This motion relates to the All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group Stage and amending the rule that currently specifies that Croke Park must be one of the neutral venues. The neutral game would instead be at a venue to be determined by CCCC.

MOTION 20

This motion deals with the nomination and election of club and county officers. It puts the onus on any person seeking to vote or be nominated/elected to prove they have paid their membership subscription.

MOTION 21

This motion proposes that a GAA club cannot be affiliated unless they have hed a General Meeting within the preceding 48 weeks.

MOTION 22

This motion proposes that any vote to amalgamate taken by two clubs shall by done by secret ballot and be made prior to the 20th of November in the year preceding the proposed amalgamation taking place.

MOTION 23

This motion proposes that each county should have a finite number of seats on its various committees. It doesn’t matter what the number is, as long as there’s a stated limit you can’t have more than.

MOTION 24

This motion proposes that attendees at the annual National Youth Forum must be aged 12-21 years of age. It also proposes that a maximum of five National Youth Forum delegates will now be nominated rather than elected to present a Report to Congress where they will have speaking rights.

MOTION 25

This motion proposes to extend the powers of Central Council to include setting the closed season and return to collective training periods.

MOTION 26

This motion proposes that from now on no member of the National Management Committee or Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) would be permitted to sit on the Central Hearings Committee (CHC). This is to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.

MOTION 27

This motion proposes that from now on no member of the Management Committee of Central Council, Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), or Central Hearings Committee (CHC), would be permitted to sit on the Central Appeals Committee (CAC). Like Motion 26, this is to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.

MOTION 28

This motion proposes that a player may only avail of one inter-county transfer in any calendar year.

MOTION 29

This motion will firstly ask Congress to define the eligiblity span for the U-21 grade. There are two options. 1: A player shall have celebrated his 16th birthday prior to January 1st and his 21st birthday on or after January 1st of the Championships Year.

OR

2: A player shall have celebrated his 17th birthday prior to January 1st and his 21st birthday on or after January 1st of the Championships Year.

The motion also defines the already agreed eligibility spans for all other age-groups – U-20, U19, U18, U17, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12, and U11.

MOTION 30

This motion proposes to extent the jurisdiction of the Management Committee of Central Council in such a way that it could intervene in any matter that could cause serious damage, reputational or otherwise, to the Association.

MOTION 31

This motion proposes that while a county shall be allowed to determine its own intenral underage grades from U21 to U11, it must do so subject to Central Council policy.

MOTION 32

This is a wide-ranging motion that seeks to tidy up a lot of the provisions that apply to Gaelic Games played outside of Ireland and Britain. The idea is to put a framework around what will be called ‘World GAA’ and to draft a constitution for ‘World GAA’ in terms that are more meaningful for clubs that are set up internationally. There are a number of proposals in this motion that will be voted on as a whole which we’ve broken down numerically here.

1: The GAA would be defined as the ‘International Governing Body’ of Gaelic Games.

2: ‘World GAA’ would be defined as a branch of the Association.

3: Both a ‘County’ and a ‘Province’ would be defined as units recognised as such by Central Council.

4: A distinction would be made between counties who participated in the previous senior inter-county championships and those who did not in determining how many delegates may represent each county at Annual Congress. The maximum representation for any one county that did not compete in the previous year’s championships would be reduced from 10 to 5 delegates.

5: World GAA would be able to propose a maximum of one motion at Congress.

6: World GAA would have a representative on Central Council.

7: Central Council would have the power to recognise geographical areas as Counties or Provinces and to decide from time to time what geographical areas fall under the jurisdiction of World GAA.

8: The Chairperson of World GAA would be appoined by Central Council, not elected.

MOTIONS 33 TO 43 COME FROM THE FIXTURES CALENDAR REVIEW TASKFORCE

MOTION 33

This motion proposes to establish a National Club Fixtures Oversight Committee and sets out who the members would be and the powers of the Committee. It would investigage matters related to the enforcement of rules on the scheduling and postponement of club fixtures, inter-county player availability to clubs, inter-county challenge and tournament games and closed periods/collective training. The proposed committee would also have responsibility for approving county club fixture programmes on an annual basis and ensuring county club fixture programmes are consistent with the Association’s rules and policies.

MOTION 34

This motion proposes establishing a National Competitions Control Committee for inter-county affairs up to the U-17 grade.

MOTION 35

This motion proposes taking away the power of a Provincial Council to ‘take any action necessary’ in relation to fixtures programmes under its jurisdiction. This power would instead be put in the hands of the National Club Fixtures Oversight Committee.

MOTION 36

This motion deals with the monitoring of county fixtures programmes. Counties will have to submit a plan for their club fixtures programme in January. Each province will have a monitoring system for that and an appointed person to report any breaches to the proposed National Club Fixtures Oversight Committee. This motion also sets out penalties for non-compliance which range from financial to competition disqualification.

MOTION 37

This motion relates to the role of the Provincial Fixtures Analyst. It gives that person the right to be a member of the Central Fixtures Analysis Committee and the National Club Fixtures Oversight Committee.

MOTION 38

This motion proposes to bring the four provincial nominated appointees with responsibility for club fixtures into the Central Fixtures Analysis Committee.

MOTION 39

This motion proposes that a player who plays for their county senior football team in the Allianz League is not eligible to play for their county U-20 in the championship in the same calendar year.

MOTION 40

This motion relates to the timing of Higher Education Council Championships. It proposes that the Sigerson Cup be completed by the fifth Sunday of the year and the Fitzgibbon Cup completed by the seventh Sunday of the year.

MOTION 41

This motion relates to the timing of Post Primary Schools Championships. It proposes that the A and B football championships be completed by the fifth Sunday of the year and the A and B hurling championships be completed by St. Patrick’s Day.

MOTION 42

This motion proposes playing the All-Ireland U-20 Football Championshiops in the months of February and March save in exceptional circumstances such as bad weather.

MOTION 43

This motion proposes to abolish the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship.

MOTION 44

This motion is directly related to motion 25 which seeks to extend the powers of Central Council to include setting the closed season and return to collective training periods. Motion 44 effectively gives Central Council the power to determine what the timetable should be on a year to year basis.

MOTION 45

This motion proposes that a county’s Assistant Treasurer is not limited to a five-year term where a county’s bye-law says the position is not subject to maximum number of years in office.

MOTION 46

This motion proposes to allow counties and provinces to appoint up to two independent members to their county committees and provincial councils.

MOTION 47

This motion proposes that only a full member who has paid their annual club subscription prior to the 31st of March in a membership year and registered shall be entitled to be nominated for, or elected to any elective office in the same membership year.

MOTION 48

This motion relates to when players can play for a particular county or club if they have ‘a relevant connection’. The first part of his motion proposes that a ‘legal guardian’ may provide that relevant connection in the same way a parent does under current rule.

This motion also proposes that Central Council be given the power, in exceptional circumstances, to deem a player to have an ‘Other Relevant Connection’ with a particular club or county in accordance with policy adopted by Central Council.

MOTION 49

This motion proposes that any player who transfers from one county to another cannot transfer again within a 12-month period after the transfer has been approved.

MOTION 50

Currently any player who transfers to another club has the right to finish a competition he has already started with his previous club in that season. This motion proposes that once you transfer clubs you can’t finish a competition for your previously club.

MOTION 51

This motion proposes that a player could play for any other county if they have a ‘relevant connection’ to that county, not just a so-called weaker county designated by Central Council

MOTION 52

This motion proposes that a player who has played in the Tier Two Football Championship or Tiers 3/4/5 of the hurling championship should still be able to register as a member of any club in the USGAA board jurisdiction in that same year. Currently, any player who has been included on an inter-county senior championship team list in the current year’s championship is not eligible to register for a club in the USGAA board jurisdiction.

MOTION 53

This motion proposes to increase the age of eligibility from a four-year to a five-year span at U-20 level.

MOTION 54

This motion proposes to reinstate the U-18 age-group as minor (it is now currently U-17).

MOTION 55

This motion is effectively proposing the same as motion 54.

MOTION 56

This motion proposes that a club player will not lose his current championship status by playing in his first game of a higher grade championship.

MOTION 57

This motion deals with a situation that would arise in the League phase of a championship if one team gives a walkover in a group where two teams or more finish on equal points. Currently, in this situation, those teams that finish on the same points will have a play-off. This motion proposes that before a play-off is required, two other methods should be an earlier recourse to separate the teams who finished on equal points.

Firstly, score difference from the games in which only the teams involved, (teams tied on points), have played each other (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For). If both teams have the same score difference, then the next step is to compare their Highest Total Score For, in which only the teams involved, have played each other. If the teams still can’t be separated, then a play-off must be played.

MOTION 58

This motion deals with the All-Ireland minor and U-20 hurling championships. In the All-Ireland minor championship, it proposes doing away with the round-robin series after the provincial championship and instead have either the Munster or Leinster champions on a rotating basis play Galway in an All-Ireland semi-final with the winner of that game the remaining provincial champion in an All-Ireland Final.

At the moment there’s a back-door for beaten provincial finalists in the All-Ireland U-20 hurling championship. This motion also proposes to do away with that so the Munster and Leinster winners simply play one another in the All-Ireland Final.

MOTION 59

This motion proposes to change the promotion and relegation structure between the various tiers of the All-Ireland hurling championship thereby ‘balancing’ the number of counties playing in each tier. If the motion is passed, the following would come to pass

Liam MacCarthy Cup: In 2020 there would be no relegation from the Leinster Championship while the Joe McDonagh champions would be promoted to the Leinster Championship for 2021 thereby bringing the number of competing teams in the Leinster Championship to six. The exception would be if Kerry won the Joe McDonagh Cup this year. Then they would play off against the whatever team finished bottom in the 2020 Munster Championship to decide which team would compete in the Munster Championship in 2021 and which team would play in the Joe McDonagh Cup. In that scenario the bottom team in the Leinster Championship would not be relegated. If a team other than Kerry wins the Joe McDonagh Cup this year, then the Leinster Championship will go from a five-team to a six-team competition.

Joe McDonagh Cup: There are currently five teams in the Joe McDonagh Cup. The Joe McDonagh Cup winners would be promoted and no team would be relegated from the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2020 while two teams would be promoted up to the Joe McDonagh Cup from the Christy Ring, thus ensuring the Joe McDonagh Cup would have six teams in 2021.

Christy Ring Cup: There are currently eight teams competing in the Christy Ring Cup. The Christy Ring Cup finalists would be promoted up to the Joe McDonagh Cup for 2021 while the Nickey Rackard Cup winners would be promoted up to the Christy Ring Cup for 2021. The bottom team in the Christy Ring Cup would be relegate to the Nickey Rackard Cup. This would reduce the number of counties competing in the Christy Ring Cup from eight to six in 2021.

Nickey Rackard: There are currently eight teams in the Nickey Rackard Cup. One team will be promoted to the Christy Ring Cup while one team will drop down from the Christy Ring Cup to the Nickey Rackard Cup. The two bottom teams would be relegated to the Lory Meagher Cup. The third bottom team would play the Lory Meagher Cup winner in a play-off with the winner competing in the Nickey Rackard Cup in 2021. This would reduce the number of teams playing in the Nickey Rackard Cup in 2021 from eight to six.

Lory Meagher Cup: There are currently four teams in the Lory Meagher Cup. Two teams will definitely be relegated from the Nickey Rackard Cup with the possibility of a third (in which case one team would be promoted from the Lory Meagher Cup to the Nickey Rackard Cup). This would increase the number of counties competing for the Lory Meagher Cup in 2021 from four to six.

MOTION 60

This motion, if passed, would extend the penalties that apply to conduct considered to have discredited the Association. It proposes a penalty of a deduction of points, and, where this occurs in a League competition, the team must still fulfil all fixtures and have the appropriate number of points deducted at the conclusion of the competition.

MOTION 61

This motion proposes to remove the requirement that an application for full or social membership of the GAA must be proposed and seconded by two existing members.

MOTION 62

This motion proposes the same as Motion 61, but for youth membership.

MOTION 63

This motion proposes to remove the obligation to publish and circulate the names and addresses of new club members to every other club-member. Instead that list of people would go to the club executive, not the general membership.

*click here  download some useful documents to read alongside examining the motions – GAA Official Guide Parts 1 & 2, Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan’s 2019 Annual Report, and the GAA’s 2019 Financial Report.

Cork GAA County Committee Report 04/02/2020

The County Committee met on Tuesday February 4/2/2020 .The minutes of the previous meeting 14/1/2020 were taken as read adopted. The Runaí complimented the Hearings Committee and Bryan O’ Loughlin for all their work over the last 12 months.  A Central Council report was read out by Bob Ryan.

The Runaí noted the excellent quality of the new pitch for recent matches, and all involved were complimented, particularly John Murphy of Goldcrop who continues to oversee the care of the pitch. The Runaí also noted some recent match-day issues including scoreboards, and said these were being looked at by the stadium staff. In relation to a crowd issue, the Runaí said this was down to people arriving late.

Regarding finances, the Runaí outlined how a  three-point plan was needed to tackle this area. The first point was the restructure of finance and fundraising, which was currently underway. The second point was a combined business plan to cover all aspects of Cork GAA, including the stadium, and this too had been initiated. The third point was repaying €1.2m owed to Central Council.  This amount was due to be paid to Central Council in 2017 but was redirected to Páirc Uí Chaoimh when a cash flow issue arose with the stadium, with the agreement of Croke Park, and would eventually be paid back to the County Board by the stadium. The Runaí said that the Executive had agreed and commenced a repayment process with Central Council.

It was announced a Cork GAA season ticket costing €150 would be launched shortly. This would be for County Championship games only, including County Finals, and would not cover Divisional and Rebel Óg games. There will be a limit of 1000 tickets and anyone who buys one will be entitled to buy an All – Ireland Final ticket if Cork are in the Senior Final. Further details will issue shortly.

Following on from the last meeting, the Cathaoirleach said there was an estimated 900 free County Board passes issued. She said that the Executive wished to lead from the front and hoped that delegates would approve a charge of €50 for such passes, with everyone normally eligible for a pass to have the opportunity to purchase one in this manner. This was approved unanimously.

She also reported that she and the Runaí had met the Cork GAA Clubs’ Draw sub-committee and that plans were in progress for some changes to the Draw which would be announced when finalised, and she thanked those involved in that committee for their hard work in maintaining the Draw through some difficult years.

In relation to inter-country teams, Peader Healy (Naomh Abán) was approved as a Cork minor football selector in place of James Masters, who had had to step back for family reasons.

The Runaí read out a number of inter-county match reports. The Chairperson congratulated the Cork Under 20 Footballers on winning the John Kerins Cup.

The Progress report was proposed and seconded.

Rebel Og Chairperson, Michael O’Mahony, read out the list of the Coiste na nÓg and regional officers for the year ahead, and these have been sent to clubs.

The meeting discussed the Congress motions, with decisions being taken on most, though some were left to the Congress delegation to decide on the day. Most notably, delegates supported the introduction of the black card in hurling, and opposed the proposed change to the role of Development Officer.

Championship fixtures were discussed and observations on transfers were to be in by Friday.

A report from the recent Munster Convention was given by Munster Council delegate Ger Lane.

A number of club loan applications and developments were approved.

Votes of sympathy were passed,  including tributes to Beara GAA and Urhan GAA President Riobard O’Dwyer, who had passed away recently.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 3rd.

Cork GAA County Committee Report 14/1/2020


The first County Committee meeting of 2020 took place on January 15th.

The minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read and adopted.

Correspondence was received from Rathpeacon disassociating themselves from the comments made by their delegate at County Convention regarding the Cork GAA Clubs’ draw.

The Chairperson updated delegates on recent financial issues, reporting that the Executive had met the Audit and Risk Committee on January 6th, and that it was a very useful and constructive meeting at which the A&R Committee had clarified its concerns around the reporting of the stadium accounts. She pointed out that the Committee had been appointed to ask questions of the Executive, that there was huge value in their advice and that the Executive had stressed at the meeting that they hoped they would continue their support.

A timeline had been secured for the completion of the 2019 stadium accounts, commencing with an audit meeting on February 3rd and it was hoped that the accounts would be signed off on by mid to late March. The Audit and Risk Committee had responded to indicate that while they would have preferred the accounts to be presented earlier, they accepted the proposed timeline as the best that could be achieved but stressed that going forward, the stadium accounts should be available in a similar timeframe to the County Board accounts. The Committee had also assured the Executive of its help and support with the ongoing financial challenges.

The Chairperson reiterated what had been said at Convention in relation to the stadium accounts, saying that the Board could not fool itself that those accounts would present a pretty picture given that the stadium had certainly incurred further losses in 2019.

Some further discussion followed with both the Chairperson and the Runaí hoping to have further clarity in relation to delegates’ questions in due course.

The Runaí reported that the new pitch would be ready in time for both Senior teams to have a run-out there before the opening games of the Allianz Leagues, and clarified that club games would be played there in 2020. He also reminded delegate of the premium seat re-launch that took place in November and encouraged anyone who might be interested in purchasing seats to contact Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A discussion was held in relation to the County Board finances, with the Cathaoirleach reporting that the Executive had met various groups and was considering various proposals. A number of delegates spoke against the proposal made by a club delegate at County Convention that delegates should not get passes for 2020. Other delegates felt that they should give up their passes with one delegate highlighting the work done by the underage in the clubs and that they receive no pass. Decisions on all such matters would be taken at a later date.

Inter-county match reports were read, and the Chairperson extended best wishes to both Fr O’Neills and Russell Rovers who are playing in the All–Ireland club finals this Saturday in Croke Park, and also to Colm Lyons and Conor Lane who will referee the All–Ireland Senior club finals on Sunday.
She also wished the Cork U20 team the best of luck in the final of the John Kerins Cup.

The progress report was proposed and seconded, and the schedule of meetings confirmed.
The following delegates were elected to the Executive: Noel O’Callaghan (Clonakilty) – Senior Clubs, Donal McSweeney (Ballinora) – Intermediate Clubs, Michael Lyons (Araglen) – Junior Clubs and Tony McAuliffe (Duhallow) – Divisions. The Chairperson acknowledged the contribution of Dick Fitzgerald, who had completed his three-year term.
The appointment of Rebel Óg Chairperson, Michael O’Mahony, to the Executive was approved as per bye-law, as was the appointment of new referees’ administrator, Niall Barrett.
Willie Ring and Denis Kelleher were elected as Congress delegates.

A comprehensive CCC report was delivered by the Runaí, with some discussion taking place on U21 Championships. League regulations and the Master Fixture Plan were approved, and draws were made for Premier 1 and 2 U21 Hurling, Junior B Hurling, Junior C Football, U21 A, B and C Football (inter-divisional) and Senior Inter-Divisional Championships. Independent U21 teams were approved and clubs were reminded of the transfer deadline (28th January) and the new transfer form.

The Development Officer brought to the attention of delegates that Officer training would take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Monday February 10th for Chairpersons, Secretaries, Treasurers and PROs. Clubs have been contacted in relation to this and are asked to reply to the survey that the PRO had sent to the clubs to identify the new officers in Cork.

Reports were presented from Central Council and Munster Council.

A number of club loan applications and developments were approved.

The PRO spoke about the contacts books and advised clubs that about 30 clubs had not submitted any information despite being asked three times and urged delegates to check with their secretaries if details had been submitted. He also reminded clubs to collect their Cork GAA yearbooks.

The Runaí confirmed that a U21 derogation had been given for 2020 but this was just a derogation.

A delegate raised about the naming of cups for the new competitions and the Runaí said no decision had been made yet.

The Chairperson congratulated Boherbue on its wins in Munster Scór na nÓg in the Rince Seit and Trath na gCeist competitions and congratulated the Runaí and his wife on the birth of their daughter in December.

Sympathy was extended to the families of those who had died since the last meeting.

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 4th.