SOLD OUT – 2018 Munster GAA Club Forum

Building For Our Future – Best Practice in Club Development

The 2018 Munster GAA Club Forum will take place on Saturday January 20th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh with an impressive line-up of topics and speakers.

This event has now SOLD OUT. Contact your local County GDA’s if you wish to put your name on a waiting list should places become available due to cancellations.

Booking Details

The cost is €20 per person or €50 for a club (between 3 and 10 club members). Lunch is provided.

List of Speakers

If you have any questions, please e-mail Munster GAA at

Job Posting – Rúnaí Cúige / Chief Executive Officer

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.

Comhairle na Mumhan Rúnaí Cúige / Munster GAA Chief Executive Officer

Comhairle na Mumhan C.L.G are now seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the above position. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the vision and strategies of the GAA within the Province and for implementing short and long-term plans to achieve the Association’s goals. They will also provide direction and leadership to management and staff and oversee the effective development of Munster GAA. The successful candidate will report on a day-to-day basis to the MunsterCouncil Chairperson and to the Management & Finance Committee and the Council as appropriate to the Runaí duties.

  • To provide support to the Munster Provincial Council and any of the sub-committees as delegated by the Council;
  • To lead and manage the staff of the Council and provide appropriate delegations to all staff and particularly to the Operations Manager-Deputy Secretary;
  • Ensure that the Council finances are properly managed on a day-to-day basis and that appropriate reports are available if required for the Management and Finance Committee;
  • Ensure that National Association policy is implemented at Provincial level and to ensure that all approved policy matters are implemented and communicated to relevant units in the province;
  • Be responsible for the formulation of Development policies and plans to be presented to the Council, in conjunction with the Council Planning & Development Committee;
  • Make all the necessary arrangements for the games programmes as approved by the Council;
  • Manage and lead the yearly review process within the counties of the Province as laid down in the Association’s Policy;
  • Represent the Council as appointed on appropriate Association National Committees and external committees;
  • Negotiate and manage the current and future sponsorship agreements as approved by the Council;
  • Manage and lead the coaching and games development staff in the delivery of Association policies in this area under the direction of the Coaching & Games Development Sub-Committee;
  • Establish strong liaison and communications with the relevant County Boards educational bodies, handball etc. under the Council’s jurisdiction;
  • Establish strong liaison communications with Ard Comhairle and associated provincial bodies;
  • Be responsible for the communication of fixtures, referee notifications and disciplinary matters;
  • Make appropriate arrangements for the Provincial Convention and produce a suitable annual report for same;
  • Organise and manage fixtures as requested from time to time by the Council;
  • Organise and make appropriate arrangements for the Interprovincial teams;
  • Ensure the application of information technology and improved systems of communication to advance the Councils work and achieve its objectives and targets;
  • Produce, every three years, a strategic plan for the Council;
  • Develop effective public relations with all external bodies especially the media i.e. television, radio and print media and various sponsors, in line with Council policy;
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties as reasonably assigned by the Council.


  • Strong experience at a senior management level;
  • Strong experience of financial management and budget control;
  • Experience of policy development and strategic planning;
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities;
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills,
  • Excellent understanding of the GAA and its structures, and in-depth interest and involvement in Gaelic Games;
  • Experience of managing people and resources;
  • Established people management skills with the ability to build and maintain strong business and team relationships;
  • A proven track record of leadership, decision making and strategic planning.
  • Ba mhaith an rud go mbeadh Gaeilge ag iarrthóirí.

Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover note and Curriculum Vitae at on or before 3pm on 31st January 2018.

GAA is an equal opportunities employer

Munster Hurling League Final – Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-10

Limerick defeated Clare by 0-16 to 0-10 in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Skipper Browne content as Treaty preparations pay off

Report by Kieran Shannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL final


When Clare sub David Reidy struck over a free with the last puck of this Co-Op Superstores Munster League final for what was his team’s first score in over 25 minutes, the fact it failed to muster a cheer, even of the ironic variety, from the Clare support seemed symptomatic of how redundant this fixture had been reduced to.

For large periods of that second half, Clare gave the impression of a team about as interested in winning back a trophy they won two years ago as Tipperary and Waterford, who didn’t even enter the competition, letting Limerick rack up seven points without reply — and without necessarily having to play especially fluently, either. It would be misleading though to simply dismiss the exercise as meaningless for all concerned.

3,209 spectators made their way through the Gaelic Grounds turnstiles, a bigger crowd than the venue has taken in for a considerable amount of league games this past seven years as the county has found itself stuck in the Groundhog Division that’s 1B. The Limerick team and management certainly took it as an opportunity to further help with preparations for the upcoming league and finally escape from the monotony of life outside the top division.

While it wouldn’t have been something John Kiely would have been necessarily cognisant of, five of the previous eight winners of the Munster League went on later that season to win either a Munster title, a national league, or as was the case with Clare in 2013, the All-Ireland itself, while 2014 winners Tipperary went within a Hawk-Eye call of doing likewise. The chance to win some pre-season silverware wasn’t something such a young team could turn their noses up to at this stage in their development.

“It was a good solid win,” captain Paul Browne would acknowledge, minutes after lifting that item of silverware. “The most pleasing aspect was that some of what we’ve been doing in training the last couple of weeks came to fruition on the pitch. Lads are better prepared this year. Everyone knows their role, knows what they’re supposed to be doing. You saw that out there today — lads were flying around the place and balls were going into hand, even in the poor conditions, and the touch was good, so we’re happy about that.”

What also pleased Browne was how newcomers like Aaron Gillane and Barry O’Connell put up their hand and also, as he put it, “younger older lads like Tom Morrissey” performed so well. Gillane, who scored seven points in last September’s U21 All-Ireland final win, finished with eight here, three from play, while man of the match Morrissey, a member of both the 2015 and 2017 victorious U21 sides, rifled over four from play at wing forward.

As for Clare, joint manager Gerry O’Connor would point out that the game and competition was of some value for his team too.

“Our fullback line was excellent, considering the amount of pressure they were under. And in our half-back line I thought [2017 minor] Diarmuid Ryan was outstanding. If you’re asking what’s the purpose of the Munster League, it’s to find players like Diarmuid Ryan. [Midfielder] Ryan Taylor had a tough first half but it’s ultimately about these guys finding out the level of intensity and physicality that you need to bring to the table.”

As O’Connor would concede though, much of Clare’s problems stemmed from some experienced players struggling to cope with the aggression of their opponents, as much as the heavy conditions.

The Clare management opted to go with the strikingly small and thus imbalanced full-forward line of Shane O’Donnell, Cathal ‘Tots’ O’Connell, and Podge Collins who were simply overpowered, but O’Connor would explain that there was a method in management’s apparent madness. I think physically, Limerick outfought us. Maybe we played a few more mobile, lighter guys that we’d looking to later on in the league and in the championship, and Limerick physically dominated those players at times. [But] Podge hadn’t played a game in three weeks. Tots was injured for our second game. And Shane O’Donnell was away for the Cork game. So you’re trying to blend in new players, you’re trying out more established players in new positions and you’re trying to get game-time under the belt of other existing players. It’s a balancing act because we’re not going to have this luxury [of experimenting] once the national league starts in two weeks against Tipp.”

The Clare forward line generally misfired. They didn’t score their first point until after eight minutes, failed to score in the last 10 minutes of the first half to trail 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval. They came out to reel off the first three points of the second half to momentarily take the lead for the first and only time, but then went scoreless for 25 minutes. Tony Kelly shot five wides and only one point, and while he repeatedly tried to bring his Ballyea clubmate Niall Deasy into the game, Deasy’s touch and radar was off. The only upside was some of the play of Cathal Malone, who followed up his good form with county champions Sixmilebridge with four points from play here.

“I don’t think we trusted ourselves or the conditions to play the ball through the lines,” O’Connor would pinpoint. “We seemed to hit the ball back down on top of their halfback line and their halfback line was dominating. I’d think we could have been better in how we managed the game and how we managed possession.” Limerick were certainly better in that aspect yesterday. And every aspect.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; T Condon, S Hickey, R English; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; P Browne (0-1), C Lynch; T Morrissey (0-4), D O’Donovan, B O’Connell (0-1); A Gillane (0-8, 5fs), S Flanagan (0-1), G Hegarty (0-1).
Subs: B Murphy for O’Connell (57 mins), D Reidy for Hegarty (67), A Latouche-Cosgrove for Morrisey (70).

CLARE: Andrew Fahy; J Browne, C Cleary, P O’Connor; D Fitzgerald, D McInerney, D Ryan; R Taylor, C Galvin; N Deasy (0-1, free), T Kelly (0-1), C Malone (0-4); P Collins (0-1), S O’Donnell, C O’Connell (0-2, one free).
Subs: D Reidy (0-1, free) for Taylor (47 mins), J Conlon for Deasy (53), C McGrath for Collins (59), J McCarthy for O’Connell (70), S Morey for Fitzgerald (71)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP’s: receive €5.00 concession on full priced adult tickets prior to entry with Valid ID
U-16’s: Free
Tickets available to purchase from participating Centra & Supervalu outlets

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McGrath Cup Football Final – Cork 3-13 Clare 3-12

Cork defeated Clare by 3-13 to 3-12 in the McGrath Cup Football Final on Saturday January 13th at Mallow.

Sherlock to rescue as Clare force Cork to play catch-up

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

McGrath Cup Final

CORK 3-13 CLARE 3-12

For the 691 spectators filing out of Mallow last Saturday evening, there was little doubt about the headline.

Stephen Sherlock’s close-range goal in the 73rd minute had stolen victory for Cork over Clare and won the Rebels their first silverware of the season, the McGrath Cup.

Both managers left Mallow with positives. Cork boss Ronan McCarthy saw his team trail with time almost up, but they created three goal chances in the last five minutes and Sherlock’s cool finish won them the game.

Colm Collins of Clare saw his side fall behind by ten points midway through the first half but a storming 20 minutes after the break got them three points ahead. On the other hand, both nursed nagging worries on the drive home as well.

Cork were overrun by Clare in the second half and couldn’t stem the tide until they emptied their bench; Clare were leading in injury time but couldn’t marshal the bodies in front of goal to deny Cork a match-winning opportunity. Little wonder that was still on Collins’ mind after the game.

“It’s very disappointing to lose a game like that, a goal in the last minute, and we’d feel we could have been a lot better there, but overall we’d be very happy with our second-half display. We took the game to Cork and got some very good scores. There are a good few things to brush up on, but the competition has served us well – and congrats to Cork on the robbery!”

In the red and white corner Ronan McCarthy was still trying to puzzle out the proceedings.

“It’s very hard to know what to make of it. I thought the scoreboard flattered us massively at half-time, when we were seven points up. They were good up front, they moved us around very well, the two goals we got early in the first half gave us a cushion at half-time that, based on the way we played, we probably didn’t deserve. In the second half our energy levels dropped a little and they took over, and then we made a few substitutions and we got some momentum in the last seven or eight minutes. We had three goal opportunities in the last four or five minutes and we managed to take one. It was a funny kind of a game, it’s hard to know what to make of it.”

Both diagnoses were correct. Cork had two goals on the board in the first six minutes thanks to Mark Collins and Sherlock, but Clare were far from outclassed and, as McCarthy said, their movement up front caused the Cork defence issues all evening. Cork were 2-8 to 0-4 ahead late in the half when Keelan Sexton got inside to hammer home a fine goal to leave it 2-8 to 1-4 at the break.

Clare stormed into the second half, hitting 1-4 without reply and they were level at the three quarter stage, when a long ball from Eimhin Courtney squirted past Cork ‘keeper Mark White for a vital score.

Cork emptied the bench, bringing on trump cards like Sean Powter and Ian Maguire, and Clare were pegged back. They saw their crossbar rattled by Pádraig Clancy in the 70th minute and Sherlock had an injury-time shot turned away by Killian Roche.

Sherlock pointed a free to make it a two point game and then hit that dramatic late winner.

“We gave them a dream start,” said Collins, “And while they were very well-taken goals by good Cork forwards, they came from silly mistakes from us. We gave them two goals of a start, and to come back from that to bring it to the last minute – that was good.”

McCarthy acknowledged the Banner quality: “To be fair to Clare, in general play overall they were superior to us in the first half, and in the second half there was a good 20 minutes when they were well on top. We lacked a foothold in the game and I don’t know how it turned, we got some momentum in the last few minutes when fellas threw the shackles off and started chasing the game, and we got a result out of it.”

Scorers for Cork: S. Sherlock (3 frees, 2-3); M. Collins (1-1); M. Hurley (0-4) C. Vaughan (1 free, 0-3); C. Kiely, D. O’Callaghan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: E. Courtney (1-3); C. Finucane (3 frees 0-5); K. Sexton (1-1); A. Sweeney (1-0); C. O’Connor (45), D. Bohannon, G. O’Brien (0-1 each).

CORK: M. White, S. Ryan, C. Dorman, M. McSweeney, P. Clancy, K. Flahive, C. Kiely, J. O’Sullivan (c), D. O’Callaghan, S. White, K. Crowley, M. Hurley, C. Vaughan, M. Collins, S. Sherlock.
Subs: C. Dorgan for Vaughan (inj, 33); I. Maguire and S. Powter for Dorman and Crowley (52); R. Deane for Collins (53); S. Powter for O’Callaghan (54); D. Quinn for S. White (58).

CLARE: K. Roche, E. O’Connor, C. Brennan, G. Kelly, T. Hannan, A. Fitzgerald, J. Malone, S. O’Donoghue, C. O’Connor (c), P. Lillis, A. Sweeney, K. Malone, E. Courtney, K. Sexton, C. Finucane.
Subs: E. Collins for Kelly (blood, 7-11); D. Egan, D. Bohannon and G. O’Brien for S. O’Donoghue, T. Hannan and K. Malone (all HT); J. Mulligan and M. O’Leary for A. Sweeney and E. Collins (60).

Referee: S. Mulvihill (Kerry).

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/OAP’s: receive €5.00 concession on full priced adult tickets prior to entry with Valid ID
U-16’s: Free

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2017 Munster GAA Awards

The 2017 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 9th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.

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Footballer, Ladies Footballer, Manager of the Year and
Under 21 Hurler Announced for 2017 Munster GAA Awards

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Waterford’s Michelle Ryan have secured the Senior Footballer and Ladies’ Footballer accolades respectively in the 2017 Munster GAA Awards. The Manager of the Year award goes to Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston and the under 21 Hurling Award goes to Aaron Gillane of Limerick.

Speaking on the announcement of these awards Jerry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Munster GAA said “James O’Donoghue and Michelle Ryan contributed hugely to their teams’ performances this year and are deserving winners of the top playing awards in Gaelic Football and Ladies Gaelic Football respectively. Aaron Gillane was the star of the under 21 hurling. It was marvellous to see the Munster Hurling champions, Cork defy expectations to win three games and a deserved Munster Championship. Their Manager, Kieran Kingston, deserves great credit for bringing Munster honours back to the Rebel County. Congratulations to all the 2017 Award winners.”

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The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2017 are as follows:

Austin Flynn (Waterford) – Hurling Hall of Fame
Seamus Clancy (Clare) – Football Hall of Fame
John Costigan (Tipperary) – Distinguished Service Award
Killian Spillane (Kerry) – Under 21 Football
Aaron Gillane (Limerick) – Under 21 Hurling
Brian Turnbull (Cork) – Minor Hurling
David Clifford (Kerry) – Minor Football
Patrice Diggin (Kerry) – Camogie
Michelle Ryan (Waterford) – Ladies Football
JP O’Connor (Limerick) – Handball
Kanturk (Cork) – Club
Mark Coleman (Cork) – Senior Hurling
James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – Senior Football
Kieran Kingston (Cork) – Manager

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Munster GAA Awards €1M to Clubs in Development Grants

The Munster Council has announced details of the 2017 Development Grant Scheme, which has provided €1,004,700 in funding for club and school capital development projects across the province.

List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants

Under the scheme, Clare received €118,600 from 10 applications, Cork received €344,229 from 38 applications, Limerick received €185,258 from 18 applications, Kerry received €93,308 from 15 applications, Tipperary received €202,413 from 23 applications and Waterford received €60,886 from 7 applications. Funding is allocated based on the amount spent and on the category of development.
Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said “I am delighted to announce the awarding of €1 million in grants supporting development projects in 108 clubs and 3 schools throughout Munster.”

“These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing close on €7,750,000 million in upgrading their facilities. This level of expenditure is testament to the strength of the GAA in the province and reflects the impressive vision of our clubs to continually improve facilities for players and supporters alike.”

He added “The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we get from the many thousands of people who attend our games each year. We are very fortunate to have such loyal support in the province and we are delighted to be able to redistribute income from games to the clubs and schools.”

Of the fund available this year, Central Council provided €540,000, with the balance of €464,700 coming from the Munster Council’s own resources.

List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants

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Munster GAA – Where does the money go?

In 2016, the Munster Council had an income of €6,645,000, of which €2,800,000 came from Croke Park, with the remaining €3,845,000 self-generated through gate receipts, match programme sales etc.

The list below sets out expenditure of €5,586,000 on various grants and allocations to counties as well as the normal expenses associated with holding games, printing match programmes and so on. This expenditure accounts for 84% of all income. After all distributions were made, a surplus of €127,000, or 2% of income was recorded.

  • €2,009,000: Games Development: This assists with the promotion and development of the games in the province, including assisting with the employment of 42 full time coaching staff in the province, including 8 coaching staff in Munster’s 3rd level institutions. It also includes payments to the counties in the Hurley and Helmet Subsidy, County Cúl Camp allocations, County Academy grants, Coach Education grants and so on.
  • €990,000: Club Development Grants: This scheme supports the development of facilities in clubs and schools across the province. Last year, 110 clubs benefited from this scheme.
  • €571,000: Matchday Costs: These are the costs associated with holding game, including the cost of policing, stewarding, ticket sales, medical cover, catering etc.
  • €447,000: Rent of stadia: 15% of the gross gate for each games is paid directly to the stadium hosting the game, which assist them with the running costs associated with a county ground, such as insurance, pitch maintenance etc.
  • €316,000: Team Expenses: This is the amount paid to teams competing in games organised by the Munster Council and competing in the Senior All Ireland finals. These payments help to meet the cost of transport, food etc.
  • €219,000: Grants to Kindred Bodies: These are grants paid to those organisations promoting Gaelic Games in primary schools, post primary schools and third level colleges and also assists with the organisation of events such as the Primary Game.
  • €184,000: Central Council Ticket Sales: This is the amount paid to Central Council for ticket sales handled by the Munster Council.
  • €182,000: Player Injury Fund: 6% of the gross gate for each game is paid directly to the GAA Player Injury Fund, which assists in with the treatment cost associated with injuries.
  • €153,000: County Facilities: This is the amount paid to County Boards in capital grants to support the development of county facilities, such as Centres of Excellence and so on.
  • €113,000: Match Day Student/OAP Concessions: This is the amount Students and OAP’s receive back on the cost of their match day ticket, usually €5 or €10 per ticket.
  • €102,000: Match Programme Allocations: Once costs of production are taken out, the remaining amount from Match day income is divided amongst the competing counties.
  • €98,000: Scholarships: Amounts paid to students in 3rd level scholarships and to Post Primary Students attending Gaeltacht Colleges.
  • €95,000: Match Programme Production: This is the cost of producing Match day programmes, including printing, distribution etc.
  • €80,000: Other Grants: Amounts paid to counties through various other grant categories. For example, Clare and Waterford receive €30,000 as a payment in lieu of hosting of major championship games.
  • €28,000: Medals and Trophies: Amount spent on medals for winning teams.

  • New Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Web Site

    Munster GAA PPS web site launched

    Munster GAA Post Primary Schools have today launched a new web site.

    With the Dr. Harty Cup beginning this Wednesday followed by the Corn Ui Mhuiri next week, the new site at is another step along the road in our pursuit to make Post-Primary Schools GAA activities accessible to a wide audience both in schools and in the general public.

    The new web site includes all fixtures & results, match reports, photos, school contact details, an extensive roll of honour section and integration with our popular @munsterpps Twitter account.

    All feedback is welcome and can be sent to

    Visit the Munster GAA PPS Web Site –

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015

    Munster Council GAA commissioned W2 Consulting to undertake an analysis on the return on coaching investment across the province. The review of 2015 coaching investment is a follow up study to the research undertaken in 2011.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Return on Coaching Investment

  • €26.3 million = total value of coaching (increase of 33% on 2011).
  • €1.72 investment by Croke Park / Munster GAA.
  • €15.27 = return on every €1 invested (increase of 27% on 2011).
  • €4.163m = value of coaching generated in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Activity

  • 2.25 million hours of GAA underage activity (increase of 16.5% on 2011).
  • 2,854 weekly underage training sessions held across Munster.
  • 674,840 player contact hours in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 84,355 participants in Munster Schools Programmes.
  • 1.48 million = the number of payer hours generated in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 32,544 participants on 373 Cúl Camps in Munster (increase of 22% on 2011). 32% of total National figure.

    Social Benefits

  • Health Benefits and Social Skills are the two most important benefits of children’s GAA involvement according to parents.
  • €9.15 return for parents on every €1 spent on underage GAA membership.
  • €3,542.96 is the lifetime value a GAA player receives from underage GAA activity.
  • €6.17 is the value parents place on one hours GAA training.
  • €4.84 is the value underage players (14 to minor) place on one hour of GAA activity.

    Additional Points

  • 79 Coach Education Tutors in Munster.
  • 10,849 coaches and mentors involved with clubs.
  • 826 Primary and Secondary Schools receiving Go Games Coaching programmes.
  • 46% of clubs with growing playing numbers.
  • Over 46% of clubs experience above average difficulty attracting mentors.

    The report can be downloaded via the link below.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Reproduction of any of the data or information contained within the report must acknowledge Munster Council GAA as the originators of the report

    See below a link to the first survey commissioned by Munster GAA on Munster GAA Return on Coaching Investment back in 2011.

    2011 Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study