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Wicklow AGM   16/10/2014

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The AGM of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Cill Mhantain was held in the Parkview Hotel, Newtown on Thursday 2nd October.

In attendance: Jim O’Riordán, Pamela McDermott, Dave Barry, Michéal Ó Murchú, Ciarán O’Neill, Sinead Ní Chrean Loinsigh, Emer Fahy, Claire Frawley, Garrett Doyle, Dominic Leech, Tommy Brennan, Colm Gaskin, Paul Garrigan, Billy Cuddihy, Ronan Keddy, Eve Talbot


Welcome to everyone in attendance. Special welcome to Eve Talbot from the Camogie Association, Dominic Leech from Leinster Ladies Football Association, Billy Cuddihy (Éire Óg) Ronan Keddy (Kilcoole), and the GDAs Paul Garrigan, Garrett Doyle and Colm Gaskin.

The past year has seen a full programme of events in all codes. Great work has been done by the GDAs in helping with the fixtures. Thanks to them. Also thanks to the committee, Pamela (PRO), Ciaran (Runai), Dave (Treasurer), Michael (Hurling), Claire (Girls Football), Emer (Camogie) and Sean (Tráth na gCeist). Also thanks to Tommy Brennan for all his work in the West.

Highlights were the County Finals in Aughrim and Ballinakill, and the Skills Competition – parents are very appreciative of the chance the children get to play in Croke Park.

Tráth na gCeist – Numbers up on previous years and a good night.

Sports Day – Huge turn out as usual and a great way to finish the year’s events.

Very good relations continue with local media – Wicklow Times, Bray/Wicklow People, Wicklow Voice and Michael Sargent. Thanks to Pamela for her fantastic work in promoting the Cumann in all the media.

Thanks also to Dave Barry,Bray Emmets and Kilcoole GAA for their help in allowing the use of their ground for Cumann activities.

Leinster AGM – Jim Fennelly – Person (Jarlath Burns) who carried out a review of Cumann na mBunscol and came to very negative conclusions has left his position. Clarity had been required with regard to C. na mB. Powers and finances. Report is due soon into this.

ALLIANZ – Wicklow Cumann get part of the 100K Euro from Allianz. Logo/Board needed at all times in photos. Gerry O’Meara invited but not present.

Young Whistlers – Tom Fitzpatrick will help – funding can be got from Leinster branch.

GAA anxious that GAA games be used during PE classes as much as possible. Paudie Butler, Croke Park will help in this regard.

Issue of what time Wicklow Cumann na mBunscol events are played. Taking pupils out of class at 10 o’clock in the morning (or earlier) and returning at 2 p.m. is quite disruptive to the school day. Discussion was had as to whether we could delay the events to 12.30 or 1 p.m., in which case pupils would not be back to school until 3 p.m. or later. This would also create problems as pupils would then miss buses etc. Decision was made to trial a later time (1 p.m.) for outdoor events in the second term. And 12 p.m. for indoor events in second term.

Also, the issue of whether we concentrate on one code per term, as is done in other counties. Decision was made to stay as we are for now.

Finances are in a good way. Ideas welcome on how we distribute extra funds. Idea was suggested and accepted that hurleys and helmets be bought and rotated between schools to promote hurling among the younger pupils.

Awards – change has been made to the awards – final date for receipt of nominations is 31/12. National Awards will now take place in Carrick on Shannon as part of the National AGM on 6/7th March. Merit Awards – Level 1: participation. Level 2: more participation, notice board, club/school links etc. Certificates to be awarded. Thanks to Sinead for attending meeting in Croke Park.


Income – higher grant from Croke Park, Less from Leinster. Balanced out overall. Thanks to Pamela, award gives us 900 euro extra. Extra expense in 2013 was due to web site, database for sports day registration. Most money goes to paying for referees, medals, trophies etc. Thanks to Dave for his hard work as cisteoir.


More information is always needed from every school. Eg profile of school captain, team, match reports, etc. These should be emailed to Pamela.

Kilcoole won awards for large school section. Would be nice to see other schools getting recognition. All that is required is a collation of all the years’ activities –

would be relatively easy to do if everything the teacher/pupil writes for the school notice board was put together in a book format at the end of the year.

National PRO commended Pamela on her excellent work. New national website is up and running now –

West Wicklow:

Tommy Brennan spoke about events in West Wicklow. Many thanks to Paul Garrigan for his efforts – greatly appreciated. Lots of blitzes are taking part from 1st to 6th class. AGM takes place every February. 10/12 teachers attend regularly.

Paul Garrigan expressed thanks to Tommy Brennan for his help, as did the chair.

South Wicklow:

Colm Gaskin:

Most schools are participating but there is a lack of teachers involved. Blitzes in the south are run in conjunction with what Garrett Doyle is doing in the North East.


Chairman – Jim O’Riordan

PRO – Pamela McDermott

Cisteoir – Dave Barry

Rúnaí – Claire Frawley/Ciaran O’Neill

Hurling Officer – Micheal O Murchu

Camogie Officer – EmerFahy

Football Officer – Jim O’Riordan

Tráth an gCeist – Sean Stakelum

Eve Talbot:

Regional Development Officer for Camogie in Dublin/Wicklow. Eve’s job involves:

Coaching Education – running workshops for coaches/teachers

Clubs – trial events for schools, parents getting involved

Camps – club based summer camps. Lifestyle programme for girls

Transition year students – foundation/refereeing course in conjunction with Gaisce.

All these activities will then filter back to the pupils in the primary schools.

Help is there from Eve if needed. Splitting the year into sections for the different codes would help.


Dominic Leech:

Registrar for Leinster Ladies Football/Wicklow Football

Thanks to the teachers. Ages of 8-13 yrs has seen the biggest increase in uptake of girls football. 100% increase in the last two years. This is due in no small part to the teachers becoming active and involved. 21 clubs in Wicklow – 5 of them new clubs at juvenile level (8-16 yrs). Progress slow with regard to amalgamation of Ladies Football within the GAA.

Compliments to Pamela on the new website. Leinster Ladies looking for initiatives to use finances. Lack of Wicklow schools taking part in Leinster blitzes.

Girls Football:

Claire Frawley - Thanks to Paul Garrigan for his help with the girls football finals in Roundwood. Both fields were full for the day and a great success all round.


Micheal O’Murchu - Thanks to Garrett Doyle for his help with the blitzes, and to Dave Barry and Bray Emmets for the use of their facilities. Good new coaching website – Bray a great venue – however is the distance too far for some schools. Could venues be rotated for next year. Should we go back to the league format? Suggestion was made that mileage could be given to schools who are travelling long distances to events. Schools could also ask local clubs for help with funds for travel expenses.


Wicklow Times Shield Re-Scheduled

The girls Wicklow Times Shield Gaelic football blitz had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather and will now take place on October 22nd at 11am in BRAY. 
The blitz is 9-a-side, No age limit, One hop, one solo, No goalkeeper,
Teams can only score by putting the ball over the bar (points only!) .
2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw,  if there is a tie on points then it will go to scoring difference. 
Please feel free to enter as many teams as you like. Results from Day 1 of the Wicklow Times Shield will be used to help grade teams for the rest of the year!. Day 2 will take place on November 5th at 11am in Bray.  
Please contact Claire Frawley on 01-2876597 if you will be attending.


Allianz Camogie League Day     

On Wednesday the 24th of September, Kilcoole GAA Grounds played host to the annual Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Autumn Camogie Blitz. Eight teams participated in the blitz these included Kilcoole, Newtownmountkennedy, Bearna Chlé, Scoil Chualann, Rathdrum Team 1 and Team 2, Moneystown and St. Fergal’s Bray. It was fantastic to have such a high level of participation on the day and this is testament to the dedication of teachers, trainers and pupils throughout Wicklow in promoting camogie. The blitz was run on a league basis, with each team playing 3 games within their group. The winners from Group 1 played the winners from Group 2, the second place in Group 1 played the second place in Group 2 etc. Games were closely contested however a strong Scoil Chualann side and a determined Rathdrum Team 1 reached the final. Scoil Chualann emerged as overall winner for a second consecutive year and each team presented a “Laoch na hImeartha” plaque to the player of the match. It was rewarding to have over 90 girls playing camogie on the day and we are already looking forward to the coming blitzes throughout the year. A sincere thank you to Kilcoole GAA for the use of their facilities, to the referees, teachers, trainers and pupils that helped to make the day such a success. Go raibh mile maith agaibh!


Boys’ Allianz Hurling League Day 2     

Day 2 of the Boys Allianz Hurling league was held on 1st October in Bray GAA grounds.  This was a nine-a-side league and had no age limit.  There were great hurling skills displayed and well done to all who took part.


West Wicklow 1st /2nd Class Football Blitz – Stratford GAA Grounds

Seven teams took part in the recent 1st/2nd class football blitz that took place in Stratford Gaa Grounds. Dunlavin N.S, Stratford N.S, Talbotstown and Stratford N.S all were represented on the day. The aim of the blitz was on skill development full participation and fun. All matches were of a very high standard and all players got a chance of playing in defence and attack during the matches. Many thanks to all the parents and teachers who attended on the day. A special word of thanks also to Mary Keefe , Jim Bollard and the Stratford/Grangecon Gaa Club for the use of their pitch and facilities.


Allianz Coughlan Competition Day 1   

15th October (Day 1 -  general blitz day) at 11.00 a.m. in Bray GAA grounds – Boys’ football blitz, nine-a-side and no age limit


New Underage Code of Behaviour

A new Code of Behaviour (Underage) comes into effect on 1 November 2014. This is a joint Code shared by all of the Gaelic Games Associations. 

This, the 5th version of the Code and replaces all previous editions of the Code of Behaviour when working with children and young people.  The Code you will note is but one section, albeit a vital section, of our overall Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. The Code of Behaviour (Underage) is a mandatory Code for all persons working in any role of responsibility with Children in the GAA, Camogie, Ladies Football, Rounders or Handball, and has been adopted by our relevant Central Councils and is in accordance with Rule. Please note Section 8 of the Code of Behaviour which is a new Section that outlines the agreed mechanism for Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Best Practice at Club and County level.  This  requires all Clubs and Counties to appoint their own Code of Best Practice Hearings Committee to hear and adjudicate on breaches of the Code. Briefings will be held at County and Provincial level on how to assist Clubs and Counties address  these new structures.  Click on link to download the new code



Tag Gaelic Football for teachers

Tag Gaelic Football for teachers is starting after school on Thursdays from 3.30 -4.30. It is free of charge and will run every Thursday from Oct16th until Christmas in Eire Og Greystones GAA club. It is a fun, active, non contact form of Gaelic Football suitable for men and women. No GAA experience neccessary. Please spread the word in the staff room and let me know if any interest. Garrett Doyle Wicklow GAA 083 4357460.


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