Blarney GAA news

Blarney GAA gets the Gold! Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarks 2020 provide a template for best practice in coaching, promoting maximum participation and optimal playing standards in juvenile clubs throughout Cork city and county. The programme includes minimum requirements for entry, with subsequent progression to Bronze, Silver or Gold targets, which clubs would strive to achieve with the assistance of their local GDA. Over 100 clubs enter each year – in 2016 we achieved the Silver standard and now in 2017we are delighted to announce we have achieved GOLD standard.

Blarney GAA and Camogie medals night. A great night was had by the massive crowd in the Castle Hotel for the Blarney Camoige and GAA medal presentations. There were a number of teams receiving medals for a host of different competitions. As well as this, the various teams made presentations to GAA club Chairman, Martin Lynch. The winning teams were: U12 Boys Croke park Blitz U13 Girls Mid Cork Championship U14 Boys County Hurling League and Championship, Munster Feile Football & North Cork Football League U16 Boys East Cork and county Football Championship U16 Girls County Camogie Championship Orla Cremen, Emma Murphy and Jen Murphy were always presented with awards for representing the Cork U16 team along with Laura shine who represented both her school and county on the Cork Primary Game team. It was great to see the families of both the GAA and Camogie clubs together, a lot of which are the same. There was a great sense of pride for both clubs as it really showed the strong link and connection between the GAA club and the Camogie club. A big thank you must go to Ian and Una Forrest and their wonderful staff at The Castle Hotel.

How did we achieve this? This recognition is down to the hard work and dedication of our club members over the past few years. Our club coaching and game development structures have gone from strength to strength and include the following; Primary Schools Coaching Primary School Blitz Parish Leagues in Hurling and Football Summer Cul Camp Child and Youth Coaching Plans Club Beag (Introductory coaching for kids under 5) Annual Skills Competition Coaching Workshops Coaching courses – Foundation Level and Award 1 TY Coaching Course (Blarney Secondary School)

Membership. As a result of the hard work and dedication of our coaches, mentors and officers our membership has never been higher with 154 members (up from 115 in 2016) from ages U5 – U10 and 87 members (up from 49) from ages U11 – U18 in 2017.

County Representation. Testament to the great work by our coaches and mentors we have had the highest number of representation on Cork and regional squads in both hurling and football with highlights such as Mark Coleman, Conor Power, Declan Hanlon and Shane Barrett bringing Munster and All Ireland Trophies back to Blarney.    If you would like to know more about our Coaching and Games Development Program  please contact coaching officer Paul O Leary 0861627490

Football Blitz. Great craic was had recently when all our teams from minor up got together for a football blitz organised by football officer Colm Kiely and his team. The blitz lasted two hours with four teams of eleven playing each other once with the top two in qualifying for the final and the remaining two playing it out for the Wooden Spoon. The Red Team of James Walsh (Captain), James Doody, Johnny Barrett, Richard O’Shea, James O’Sullivan, John Good, Darragh Walsh, Joe Jordan & Sean Crowley were the eventual winners. Amongst the awards presented in the Castle Hotel afterwards were; Player of the blitz; Sean Crowley Young player of the blitz; James Doody Goal of the tournament; Darragh Walsh Take your points and the goals will come; MJ Shine Least fair play; Stephen O’Brien (Assaulting a referee)   Well done once again and a big thank you to all those who helped to organise this great event. We certainly hope that this can become a more regular thing, as do the forty plus players who were there on the night. We must also extend gratitude to BFS who supplied refreshments during the blitz which were well appreciated and needed, and to Ian and Una Forrest of the Castle Hotel and their wonderful staff who provided every player with a beautiful buffet meal.

2018 membership now open. Membership subscriptions alone do not cover the full costs to run our club. Every year we rely on members, sponsors and supporters engaging in fundraising activities to make up the difference. 2018 will also see the introduction of a new membership category, ‘social membership’ for €10. This introductory membership offer is available to all parents/guardians of boys under the age of 18 who are full members. It is also available to wife’s and partners of full adult playing members. This category is for those who wish to support our club but not seek full voting rights, participate with a team or any administrative affairs of the Club. This membership category does not allow draw entry for All Ireland tickets or eligible for membership discounts. Blarney GAA Club have a close association to Blarney Camogie Club and recognise many families have daughters who play camogie. This coming season, families will now have the opportunity to avail of a Family Membership for €200. This membership category will give Blarney GAA Club membership to both the non playing parents/guardians and all boys under the age of 18, while also including Blarney Camogie Club membership to all girls in the family who play camogie. Fantastic value. By paying online, members have the option to pay over four monthly instalments. Benefits of membership include; Complete use of the all weather pitch for club activities. Playing members have access to the club gym and a certified strength, conditioning and fitness coach. Players participating in official club playing activities have benefit cover under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund. See www.gaa.ie for full details. Eligible to apply for and purchase tickets through the club for Intercounty Championship games involving Cork Hurlers and Footballers. Free entry to all car boot sales held in Blarney. Being an official member of the most famous and traditional organisation in the country and being registered officially with Croke Park. For members 18 years and over, access to GRMA (go raibh maith agat) which is the new GAA Membership Card programme providing benefits and rewards to you, as a GAA member. Using the Card or membership number will enable GAA Members to benefit from partner discounts, special offers and earn points for going to games. Giving support to your club, both financially through the membership fee but more importantly through participation in club activities. Having a say through voting rights in how the club is run at the AGM. Exclusive discounts to Eoin Murphy Fitness and rental of club facilities for party bookings.

BFS Sponsorship. A big thank you to Stephen and Jemma Blake who once again showed their great support of Blarney GAA with the sponsorship of our adult football team. Our footballers are proud to wear the logo of such a great establishment and things don’t get much more Blarney than the BFS.

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