Clare GAA News & Press Releases

Job Posting – County Games Development Manager Clare

posted 3 Feb 2017, 08:38 by John O'Sullivan   [ updated 3 Feb 2017, 08:39 ]

Cúige Mumhan agus Coiste Chontae Clar C.L.G. wishes to recruit a County Games Development Manager for the above county. The successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy within a County, by developing and delivering a comprehensive County Games Development Plan on an annual basis with the assistance of the steering groups’ active in the County. They will lead the Games Development executive within the County and serve as secretary of the County Games Development Committee.

grma GAA Membership

posted 19 Nov 2016, 05:21 by John O'Sullivan   [ updated 23 Nov 2016, 09:52 ]


grma is the new GAA Membership Card Programme.

Registration for the programme is now open with benefits available from January 2017.

Proposed Format of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

posted 4 Aug 2016, 06:00 by John O'Sullivan


Under this proposal, the format of the All-Ireland senior football championship would be as follows:  

 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Knock-out format as at present.


 Round 1               Sixteen teams that do not qualify for provincial semi-finals                            

Round 2               Eight round 1 winners play eight defeated provincial semi-finalists             

Round 3               Eight round 2 winners play each other on an open-draw basis

Round 4               Four round 3 winners play four provincial runners-up

 Proposal 1:

                   (i)                 A Division 3 or 4 team drawn against a Division 1 or 2 team in rounds one, two or three of the qualifiers will be granted an automatic home-venue advantage.

(ii)               The format of ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides to the qualifier draw will be ended.



 Proposal 2:

 The current quarter-final stage of the championship to be replaced by a Group Stage, contested by the four provincial champions and the four round 4 qualifier winners.

 The group stage will be organised on a league basis with two groups of four teams, with each team playing the other three teams once. (See below for tie-breaking devices.)

 Year 1 groupings (succeeding years could be based a rota system):

Group 1

Group 2

Team 1: Munster provincial winner

Team 1: Ulster provincial winner

Team 2: Connacht provincial winner

Team 2: Leinster provincial winner

Team 3: Ulster runner-up, or team that

defeats them in round 4 

Team 3: Munster runner-up, or team that

defeats them in round 4

Team 4: Leinster runner-up, or team that

defeats them in round 4

Team 4: Connacht runner-up, or team that

defeats them in round 4

Order of fixtures in both groups  

 Round 1

Team 1  v Team 2. Croke Park

Team 3  v Team 4. Croke Park

 Round 2

Team 1 v Team 3 or 4. Home advantage for provincial champions.

Team 2 V Team 3 or 4. Home advantage for provincial champions.

 Round 3

Team 1 v Team 3 or 4. Home advantage for Team 3 or 4.

Team 2 v Team 3 or 4. Home advantage for Team 3 or 4.


Home venues shall be subject to approval by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) and shall meet the criteria set down by the National Facilities/Health and Safety Committee. CCCC shall make the draws for Rounds 2 and 3.

 The above fixtures format for the group stage means that each team will have one game in Croke Park,  one home game and one away game.

 Tie-breakers in the event of teams finishing level on points (in order of application):  

 (i) Result of game between two tied teams (only where two teams are level on points) (ii) Score difference

  1. Highest score for
  2. Goals scored
  3. Play-off match


 Group 1 winner v Group 2 runner-up

Group 2 winner v Group 1 runner-up

(to be played over one weekend)


Advantages of proposed structure 

  1. It would provide a valuable enhancement of the championship by way of eight additional competitive matches contested by the country’s eight best teams. The group games would increase interest at the peak of the GAA season and provide a much wider opportunity for the country’s best teams to display their skills and the qualities of Gaelic football in summer playing conditions.  
  2. The new structure would provide a more exacting pathway to the All-Ireland final: the finalists will have had to compete with three of the best teams in the country at the group stage, followed by a semi-final with a top-four team that came through the same test. This will have the effect of ensuring that the finalists will have been equally tested and that the two best teams in the country contest the All-Ireland final. 
  3. Playing All-Ireland semi-finals over one weekend would generate greater excitement. 
  4. The new structure would retain the provincial championships in their present form and confirm their importance in the context of the All-Ireland championship. 
  5. All teams would continue to participate in the provincial championships and AllIreland qualifiers. 
  6. The new structure should bring an overall boost in championship attendances.  
  7. While income from the new group stage could be expected to exceed the gate receipts generated currently by the quarter-finals structure, it would be important to introduce a generous low-price ticket policy for supporters and families attending the group games.  
  8. The new structure should increase commercial and broadcast income from the AllIreland senior football championship. A significant proportion of this increase should be ring-fenced for development of our games in less successful counties. 
  9. The new structure would guarantee eight additional major games at venues within the provinces, which is particularly important in the context of the Association’s investment in stadiums other than Croke Park. In addition, the playing of decisive matches of the championship in provincial venues would counter the Dublin-centred bias of the current structure. It would also be likely to bring top teams to provincial venues that they would never otherwise visit in the championship. 
  10. The traditionally less strong counties would be favoured by their being granted homevenue advantage in rounds one, two and three of the qualifiers. This would represent a significant benefit and encouragement to these counties and would provide them with attractive home fixtures.  

Supporting clubs  

  1. The fixtures schedule (see Appendix 1) demonstrates how, with minimal changes, the new proposed structure could have been played in 2016. This is not necessarily the best available schedule. It is simply based on eliminating the semi-finals in the Allianz Football League (which has already been agreed), bringing forward the finals of the Allianz Leagues (the football final by two weeks and the hurling final by one week), and, in the Ulster football championship, playing the preliminary game and one first round game on the same weekend. The schedule shows how the All-Ireland hurling final could have been played on 21 August. This is two weeks earlier than at present. 
  2. It will be noted that the final round of games in the group stage, which eliminates four teams, would be played one week later than the last of the quarter-finals in the current structure. However, twenty-four teams would have been eliminated from the football championship by the third week in July. This is two weeks earlier than at present. This is a critical point, as it is much more beneficial for clubs to have their county players available to them in July and August. In the period between the end of the Allianz League and the beginning of the championship, county players are rarely available to their clubs; the only period when clubs can be guaranteed access to their county players is when the county team is eliminated from the championship. 
  3. This proposed modification of the structure of the championship highlights once again the critical need to introduce comprehensive reform of our inter-county fixtures scheduling, but also the opportunities that exist to do so - there is clearly scope to further condense the fixtures schedule at both provincial and All-Ireland level by playing more games over a single weekend and by shortening the gaps between games. This would, in turn, redress the current imbalance between the amount of training and number of games. No re-structuring of the championship will be acceptable that does not contribute to a re-balancing of the inter-county fixtures schedule in favour of clubs.  
  4. Extra time should be played in the event of a draw in all provincial and All-Ireland championship games. Only when teams are level after extra time should a replay take place. This change alone would have a very positive impact on the scheduling of both inter-county and club fixtures and would reduce the instances where counties are adversely affected by ‘the six-day turnaround’. 

2017 Allianz League & GAA Season Tickets

posted 26 May 2016, 14:40 by John O'Sullivan   [ updated 12 Dec 2016, 13:51 ]

The Allianz Leagues for 2017 are now on sale! They are live on your whitelabel websites (see below links) and are also on sale in selected Super Valu and Centra stores. 
The pre purchase discounted price is now €12 for Div 1 & 2 in Football and Div 1A and 1B in Hurling.
This is 20% off the full price ticket if purchased in advance. The cut off time for the pre-purchase discount will be midnight on the night before the fixture (Tickets on match day will be €15).
Div 3 & 4 in Football and 2 & 3 in Hurling will remain at €10 for adults.


The GAA Season Tickets are still on sale and renewals on-going 

Remember €45 of €99 season ticket and €146 of club+ season ticket sales go to your county

Clare Club Championship Draws 2017

posted 9 Feb 2016, 14:39 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 15:17 by John O'Sullivan ]

Clare Club Football Championship draws 2017
Senior Football 2017
Game 1 O' Currys v Kilfenora
Game 2 Corofin v Eire Og
Game 3 Clondegad v St Sennans Kilkee
Game 4 Wolfe Tones v Kilmurray Ibrickane
Game 5 Cratloe v Ennistymon
Game 6 Doonbeg v St Josephs Milltown
Game 7 St Breckans v Cooraclare
Game 8 St Josephs Doora v Lissycasey
Intermediate Football 2017
Group 1 Group 2
Kilmihil Shannon Gaels
Liscannor Meelick
Kildysart Coolmeen
Clarecastle Kilrush
Clare Club Hurling Championship draws 2017
Senior Hurling 2017
Game 1 Feakle v Clonlara
Game 2 Sixmilebridge v Clarecastle
Game 3 Clooney Quin v Newmarket on Fergus
Game 4 Ballyea v Wolfe Tones
Game 5 Crusheen v Inagh-Kilnamona
Game 6 Eire Og v O' Callaghans Mills
Game 7 Tulla v St Josephs
Game 8 Cratloe v Whitegate

U21 Hurling Championship 2017

Under 21 A;

1-Feakle-Killanena v Kilmaley;     2 Clonlara v Eire Og; 3-Sixmilebridge v Newmarket;     4-Inagh-Kilnamona v Wolfe Tones;

Semi-Finals             4 v 3 and 2 v 1

Under 21 B;

Preliminary rounds; A; Crusheen-Tubber v Cratloe;     B-Clarecastle v Broadford;      C; Scariff-Ogonnelloe v Smith O'Briens.

Quarter Finals;     D; St.Josephs v C;       E; Ballyea v O'C. Mills;       F; Clooney-Quin v B;         G; Tulla v A;

Semi-Finals;            F v G and D v E;

Under 21 C;

Preliminary Round;       A; Kilmaley v Whitegate;

Quarter Finals;        B; Ennistymon v Scariff;        C; Eire og v Corofin;      D; Parteen-Meelick v Ruan; F;      A v Bodyke

Semi-Finals ;            E v C and B v D


posted 6 Feb 2016, 14:45 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant   [ updated 6 Feb 2016, 14:45 ]

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.


North America County Board

The North America County Board wish to recruit 4 County Games Development Administrators on part-time contracts in the following Regions:

·         North East Division - Boston

·         Central Division – Chicago

·         Philadelphia

·         Western Division – San Francisco

The successful candidates will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and will report directly to the NACB Games Development Officer (GDO).


Duties & Responsibilities include:

Implement a regular programme of games appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at all levels;
Introduce coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups;
Deliver a programme of courses and workshops appropriate to the requirements of Coaches, Administrators and Referees to fulfil their various functions in a Games Development context;
Introduce and implement a variety of initiatives to support the development of a sustainable sports system by managing the identification, recruitment and training of key personnel within Clubs, Schools and Counties to effectively develop Gaelic Games.
Work as part of a team in conjunction with other full time and voluntary personnel to deliver set goals and objectives for all GAA sports.


·         Candidate must qualify to work and live in the United States through either a working Visa (J-1 Visa, P-3 Visa) or US Citizenship;

·         Full International Driving license is essential;

·         Extensive experience of playing, coaching, refereeing and administration within a GAA context;

·         Candidate is required to hold, at time of application, at least a current Child Protection Course and an Award One Coaching Certification in Hurling at Child, Youth or Adult level;

·         Excellent administrative and IT Skills are essential;

·         Exceptional interpersonal skills;

·         Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written);

·         Flexibility to work weekends and evening times.


·         Third Level Qualification in Sports Science, Sport & Leisure or Equivalent.

·         Experience of working with Gaelic Games in an Urban Games environment.

·         Familiarity with such computer programs as Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word and the use of Social Media as a Games Promotion tool for the GAA.

Candidates interested in the above role should apply at

 with an up to date cover letter and curriculum vitae on or before 5 p.m. on Monday 8th February 2016.


GAA is an equal opportunities employer

Club championship draws 2015

posted 16 Feb 2015, 12:17 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant   [ updated 2 Jul 2015, 01:53 ]

Club Football Championship draws 2015
Senior Football
Game 1O' CurrysvSt Senan's Kilkee
Game 2Kilmurray IbrickanevCratloe
Game 3St Breckan'svLissycasey
Game 4ClondegadvShannon Gaels
Game 5Kilrush ShamrocksvSt Joseph's Doorabarefield
Game 6Eire OgvEnnistymon
Game 7CooraclarevWolfe Tones
Game 8DoonbegvSt Josephs Miltown Malbay

Intermediate Football 2015
Group 1Group 2
Eire OgNaomh Eoin

Club Hurling Championship draws 2015
Senior Hurling 2015
Game 1Inagh-KilnamonavCrusheen
Game 2KilmaleyvWhitegate
Game 3O' Callaghans MillsvTubber
Game 4BallyeavCratloe
Game 5TullavClooney-Quin
Game 6ClonlaravClarecastle
Game 7SixmilebridgevEire Og
Game 8Newmarket on FergusvFeakle

Intermediate Hurling 2015
Game 1OgonnolloevClarecastle
Game 2ParteenvRuan
Game 3St. Josephs-Doora BarefieldvWolfe Tones
Game 4Inagh-KilnamonavCratloe
Game 5KillanenavCorofin
Game 6SixmilebridgevSmith O Briens
Game 7ScarriffvCrusheen
Game 8BroadfordvNewmarket on Fergus

Munster Senior Championship Formats for 2015

posted 4 Aug 2014, 12:23 by John O'Sullivan   [ updated 2 Jul 2015, 01:52 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Senior Football  
The format is:
1)      The 2 finalists from 2014 (Ciarraí agus Corcaigh) receive a bye into the semi-finals for 2015.

2)      The remaining 4 counties (An Clár, Luimneach, Portláirge agus Tiobraid Árann) play in 2 quarter finals, the pairings for which will be             decided by an open draw.

3)      The 2 winners of the quarter finals qualify for the semi-finals along with the two finalists from 2014.

4)      The pairings for the semi-finals will be decided by open draw.
The Munster Senior Hurling Championship and all other championships will be played using the same format as pertained in 2014.

2013 GAA All-Stars

posted 8 Jan 2014, 16:35 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant   [ updated 2 Jul 2015, 01:50 ]

Back Row:  Patrick Donnellan, Brendan Bugler, Conor Ryan, David McInerney and Colm Galvin. 
Front Row:  Pádraic Collins, Tony Kelly and Conor McGrath 

Tony Kelly

Pádraic Collins, David McInerney, Tony Kelly, Conor Ryan and Colm Galvin

                                                                    Colin Ryan, Rachel Keaney, Domhnaill O'Donovan and Louise Raleigh

Shane O'Donnell
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Tony Kelly and Naomi McMahon

David McInerney and Emma Casey

8 November 2013; Clare hurler Brendan Bugler and Josephine Crowe arrive ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Brendan Bugler and Josephine Crowe

8 November 2013; Clare hurler Patrick Donnellan and Edel Leahy ahead of the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2013 Sponsored by Opel, at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Brendan Bugler and Edel Leahy

Shane O'Donnell & Podge Collins

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