Coaching Newsletter

2nd Quarter 2011

posted 19 Jul 2011, 15:04 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Jul 2011, 15:11 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]


  • Cul Camps
  • Super Camps
  • Internal 1st Year Blitz
  • Club Visits
  • Croke Park U12 Blitz
  • Munster Club Child Development Programme
  • Easter Holidays Coaching Programme
  • Go Games Schedule
  • St Flannans 1st Year Blitz
  • Clare 1st Year Blitz
  • Munster Colleges A Football
  • Schools Coaching
  • Development Squads
  • Workshops
  • Munster Blitzes

April 2011

 Cul Camp Details

The club GAA summer Cul Camp dates have been released for each club and are available on the Clare GAA Website. This year there are some changes with Clondegad date moved forward and additions with a camp in Liscannor GAA pitch for the first time.

 Bookings can also be made on line through the Clare GAA Website

Super Camps

Also this year two Super Camps will be ran and will crater for 30 players aged from 13 to 15 years. These camps are €40 and will be advertised in the local media.

 Camp Details

Lisdoonvarna August 3rd to 5th from 10 to 3

Cooraclare August 3rd to 5th from 10 to 3

 Clare Internal  1st Year Blitz

A 1st year blitz involving St Flannans, St Caimins and two of the Munster Council backed 1st year coaching project schools West Clare Colleges and Rice College took place on Friday 15th before the schools broke for East Holidays. This gave opportunity for all schools to give some much valued work to players who will compete in next years U15 college competitions with each squad playing 3 games. The West Clare colleges ran out easy winners making good use of their 24 weeks coaching received to date and also giving teachers/mentors invaluable insight into possible team positions for next years Munster U15A competition Corn Ui Mhorain.

Clubs Visits

Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout April with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.

 Croke Park U12 Blitz

For the past four years each county in Munster has sent 4 clubs to GAA head quarters to take part in an U12 Blitz on Wednesday 27th. All clubs have two teams of 10 with each playing two games Vs clubs from other Munster counties on the hallowed turf of Croke Park. Also included is Stadium and museum tour for mentors and players. This has proved a great success and over the four years every club in county Clare through either hurling or football has been selected.

 This year Kilmurry Ib, Ennistymon and St Senans Kilkee were drawn from the hat

 Munster Club Child Development Programme

A Munster Club Child Development Programme initiative is being launched across the province with GDAs in each county delivering this programme to every club in their area over the next four years. In Clare the Kilrush and Lisseycasey clubs were selected to roll out this programme in year one, this programme will help clubs understand the importance of U6 to U10 age group and to analysis its how it can improve its coaching/mentor/recruitment structures to maximise its potential in this area and will include a minimum of 4 visits to each club over a 3 month period. Please check on link below to get a full understanding of programme. Each club received their 1st visit from their GDA in April.

 Report on the Clare GAA Website’sclubchilddevelopmentprogramme

 Easter U11 and U12  Divisional Coaching and Blitzes

Each October we hold 5 weeks coaching for full U10s in each of the 4 divisions in West and North Clare and then come Easter with the schools on holidays we bring these divisional players together for two days coaching/blitzes. This year Miltown was the venue on the first two days of the holidays with 50 players from a possible 80 invited taking part in blitzes against each other, skills coaching and skill competitions.

The aim is raise the profile of Gaelic Football by bringing players together in each division to play against other divisions to make more competitive games that all the players will enjoy taking part where skill development is our main goal. Also as these players grow older they will easily fit into our schools and divisional projects of funnelling all players into more competitive squads.

 Also held over the holidays each division including East and Urban held an U12 divisional coaching/blitz day where the previous two years U10s are brought together.

 Go Games Blitzes

April saw the start of our county U8 and U10 Go Games blitzes throughout the county for all clubs with two blitz weekends for each grade and 6 blitzes at each grade with the emphasis on participation for players, playing different positions and creating an environment of awarding skills points to encourage player/mentors/parent focus being able to perform the skills of Gaelic Football.

 May 2011

 Munster Club Child Development Programme

In May our two clubs selected for the Munster Club Child Development Project received their 2nd club visit from the divisional GDA. This visit included a practical session with Club U10s for all club coaches and parents and amongst other useful topics also spoke about the need for club child development committee to be put in place.

 St Flannan’s Enternal  1st Year Blitz - O Doherty Cup

For the past 3 years the teachers of St Flannan’s responsible for promoting football have been hosting an invitational 1st year blitz involving some of the best colleges from Munster, Connacht and Leinester. This a highly competitive blitz before the summer holidays and gives both players/teachers an opportunity to put into practise the years coaching and see what kind of team the school will have for U15A Corn Ui Mhorain. The schools this year were St Colmans Claremorris Mayo, Marist Colleges Athlone, St Jarlaths Galway, West Clare Colleges and the host school St Flannans.

 The blitz was run a round robin basis with the top two schools meeting again in the final later in the day. The West Clare Colleges built on the good coaching and work done through the year with the Munster council 1st year project and reached the final where they were beaten by Connacht league and championship winners St Jarlaths

 Great credit is due to the teachers of St Flannans and in particular to John Connole , Darragh Kelly and Gary Brennan for organising and hosting this competition and also to Bord Na nOg  Peil for sponsoring the winning medals.

 Attached is a photo of the West Clare Colleges squad and blitz report on the Clare GAA Website.

 Ennistymon CBS  1st Year Blitz

On the 17th May the annual county 1st year football blitz run by CBS teacher Michael Clohessy was held at various local GAA grounds. This blitz is open to all schools and showcases the best footballers around the county to opportunity to go head to head in 11 a side 10 minute a half games. The games were held at Inagh, Ennistymon, Lahinch and CBS pitches with 12 schools taking part with the top two schools from each venue advancing to the qtr finals. This year saw CBS and Kilmihil who defeated Kilrush in a cracking game with a last minute goal compete in the final played at Lahinch. The first was very competitive with the Kilmihil side leading by 1pt 2-3 to 2-2, however in the 2nd half the west Clare side proved their quality to win the competition for the 1st time in 8 years with a score line  2-11 to 2-5. There is great credit due Michael Clohessy and Clare colleges servicing officer John Fawl for organising this competition.

 Munster A Colleges Competitions Entry for West and North Clare Colleges

Despite all the hard work, training and passion trying to bridge the gap between Cork and Kerry at minor and U21 level with 5 months preparation is an impossible task. Last year for the first in their history West Clare Colleges after 12 months of work were accepted into the Corn Ui Mhuiri and Corn Ui Mhorain competitions for 2010 and these are the Munster A college competitions were they were tested against some of the best players in Cork and Kerry.

 However this only catered for half of the players and schools in the traditional football region of the county and so obviously this was not the ideal situation. This year with the backing of the Principals and teachers of the 8 schools in West/North Clare entry was sought and approved by the Munster Colleges from both West and North colleges for next years competitions.

 The draw for next years Munster A competitions involving West and North Clare Colleges are on the Clare GAA Website

 Development Squads

With the club U16 championship complete and the Munster Development Squad competitions at U14, U15 and U16 scheduled for 26th  July in Waterford, Cork and Limerick respectively we commenced out squad preparations on 21st May with games between players from the extended regional panels at U15 and U16. This gave us 4 squads of 20 plus players and was also used to raise the profile of both football and player as it allowed players to see the depth and quality of player that will be competing for county minor panel in 2013 while also giving some players another opportunity to make the development squads.

 Clubs Visits

Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout May with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.

 Schools Coaching

National schools coaching continued again in May

 June 2011

 Development Squads

Preparation for the Munster tournaments began on 4th June for all 3 squads with training held in Ennis each Saturday over the month of June and games organised home and away with Limerick, Tipperary, North and South Kerry also.

 Management of Development Squads

 U14 – Matt O Connor (W.Tones) Martin Brennan ( Clondegad) Martin Downes (Naomh Eoin) David O Connell (Shannon Gaels)

U15 – Maurice Walsh (Eie Og) Paul Conway (Kilkee) Donal O hAnafein (Eire Og) Seamus Clancy (Corofin)

U16 – Albert Hardiman (Doorabarefiled) Brian Considine (Liscannor) David O Shea (Kilrush) Ger Crotty (Kilkee)

 County Player involvement

U15 -David Tubridy

U16 -Timmy Ryan

 U14 – Played Vs Limerick in W.Tones on 11th June and came away with 4-12 to 1-8 victory

           Played Tipperary in Monard on 2nd July over 4x 20 minutes Qtrs

U15 – Panel selection played Limerick on Wednesday 1st in Cratloe and won 5-13 to 3-5

          Return game with another selection on Wednesday 15th in Mungret saw Limerick win 3-10 to 2-5

          Panel selection played North Kerry on Wednesday 22nd in Kilrush and won 4-7 to 0-15

          Panel selection played Tipperary on Tuesday 28th in Lattin and won 4-11 to 1-12

 U16 – Panel selection played Limerick on Saturday 18th in Monaleen and went down 4-9 to 2-11

          Panel selection played North Kerry on Wednesday 22nd in Killimer and were defeated 3-11 to 0-9

          Panel selection played Tipperary on Tuesday 28th in Latten and were defeated 4-11 to 2-7

 Squad Photos, reports and fixtures can be seen on the Clare GAA Website


Og Pheil

Óg Pheil for 2011 will take place in Cork IT on July 6th and July 7th.  A panel of 24 Under-14 players from each of the 6 counties in Munster will attend and will stay over night on site in the student accommodation. Each panel will be coached by some of the most experienced coaches in the province and will play matches against one another to put into practice the skills they have been coached.

 See Clare website for Clare pnael


Pat O Shea (Former Kerry Manager) Munster Coaching & Games Manager gave a 2 hour coaching work shop on Attacking Play Monday 6th June @ 6.30 in Ryan’s field in Clarecastle GAA grounds. Pat used a County U15 Development selection for the 1st hour and U16 selection for the 2nd hour.

 Details of Workshop were posted on Clare GAA Website


 Munster Club Child Development Programme

In May our two clubs selected for the Munster Club Child Development Project received their 3rd club visit from the divisional GDA. This visit included a practical session run by the Club U10s mentors with GDA present to offer any advice or help if needed.

 Clubs Visits

Club visits made by the GDA to clubs in West and North Clare regions continued throughout June with the aim of giving players a change of voice and also coaching the coaches. The target is up to 3 club visits each week.

Schools Coaching

With the summer holidays fast approaching a parish schools blitz was organised for each school in the parish. This was run all day at the local GAA pitch and teams consisted of boys and girls from each school mixed together and involved classes from 1st to 6th with time table below with help local club members/teachers with refereeing.

 10am to 12 for 4th to 6th classes

1pm to 2.30 for 1st to 3rd classes

 Photo’s of some parish blitzes shown here on Clare GA Website

Munster Club Blitzes


As a follow on to the Croke Park U12 blitz held in April the Munster Coaching and Games organised a provincial U12 blitz for al interested clubs. These blitzes will be held in Fitzgearld stadium Killarney on 19th and 20th July and on 26th and 27th

 Fitzgerald Stadium July 19th

Kilrush Shamrocks @ 2pm will play Waterville, An Gealteacht (Waterford), Aghbullogue

Miltown Malbay @ 3pm will play Oola, Sneem/Derrtnane, Dingle

 Fitzgerald Stadim July 20th

Doonbeg @ 2pm will play Abbeyside, Lattin Cullen,St Senans (Limerick)

 Paric Ui Chaoimh July 26th

Wolf Tones @ 1pm will play Kilgarvan, Kilrossanty. Shanrock Gaels

 Paric Ui Chaoimh July 27th

Kildysart @ 2pm will play Churhill, Kilmeen, Listry

Kilmihil @ 3pm will play St Patricks, Miltown Castlemaine, An Other


 A Provincial U10 Blitz will be held on 24th September at various club grounds for any club wishing to take part.


1st Quarter 2011

posted 19 Jul 2011, 14:53 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Jul 2011, 15:00 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]


  • Divisional Structure
  • Schools Coaching
  • Regional Coaching
  • Munster/ Co Bord Council 1st Year Coaching Project
  • Foundation Course
  • Development Squads
  • Workshops
  • New Football Coach
  • Club Visits

January 2011

Divisional Structure – Step 1

Every year our county minors play in the Munster championship where they try and bridge the 5 year development gap between the Cork and Kerry player with 5 months preparation. Along with the West & North Clare college amalgamations in the Munster schools A competitions another new project to aid the development our underage club players is a six Division championship at U15 (for 13 & 14 yr olds) and U17 (for 15, 16 & 17 yr olds).

 The county has been divided into 6 divisions similar to those in Kerry and these divisions will compete against each with the propose of exposing the clubs players within those divisions to a higher level of training/coaching/games over a 6 week period in Oct/Nov each year. This is STEP 1 of the 4 step pathway for all players to advance to Development squad tournament panel.

The six divisions are shown below

 Corca Baiscinn, Cill Cheather, An Tuisceart, Estuary Gaels, Inis Faughs, Boru

The clubs in each division have accepted the divisional concept as a way of strengthening and raising the profile of football while also developing all their underage players and to cement the relationship between clubs a divisional committee was setup consisting of a representative from each club.

 The first item for each committee was to agree a divisional name, colour and crest to represent themselves in future. The divisional format will also be used for coach education and workshops.

 Below is the fixture schedule and scores of the U15 Divisional Championship ran in 2010








Corca Baiscinn

N.Eoin, O'Curry's,Kilkee.,Kilrush,Killimer,Doonbeg


Michael Griffin, Paul Conway,David Tubridy………………...……………………………………………

Estuary Gaels

Clondegad,Lissycasey,Kildysart,Coolmeen,Sh Gaels



 Danny Mc Carthy, Michal Collins……………………………………………………………………………….

Cill ceather

Miltown Malbay,Kilmurry Ib,Cooraclare,Kilmihil



Gordon Kelly,Paul Reidy,Kevin Sexton,Sean Lillis…………….………………………………………..

An Tuaisceart

Liscannor,St Breckans,Ml Cusacks,Corofin,Kilfenora,Ennistymon



Lawrence Healy,Seamus Clancy,Lughdaidh Kerins,JJ O Dea….……………………………………

Ennis Fuaghs

Eire Og, Doorabarefield, Banner, Clarecastle



Marice Walsh,John O Gorman, Doanl O hAnifein …...…………………………………………………


W.Tones,Cratloe,Tulla, Parteen,Clooney-Quin,Mills,Meelick




September - U15 Divisional Championships



Cill Cheather 2-10    Vs   An Tuaisceart 3-11





October - U15 Divisional Championships



Corca Baiscinn  3-5        Vs       Estuary Gaels 3-9







         Cill Cheather  5-10     Vs    Ennis Faughs /East Boru 8-13







Corca Baiscinn  1-3     Vs     Cill Cheather 8-10







Corca Baiscinn  3-7    Vs      Ennis/East Clare 4-12







Estuary Gaels  0-7   Vs    An Tuaisceart 2-9







Cill Cheather 2-4     Vs       Estuary Gaels 5-10







St Flannans U15  1-7    Vs    An Tuaisceart 2-10





November - U15 Divisional Championship



Ennis/East Clare  3-3    Vs   An Tuaisceart 6-7







Cork Division Avondhu  1-4   Vs  An Tuaisceart 1-6







Cork Division Carrigdoun  0-10   Vs    Estuary Gaels 7-4







Cork Division Carrigdoun  1-6  Vs  An Tuaisceart 3-8







Cork Division Avondhu  3-10   Vs   Estuary Gaels 3-3







Corca Baiscinn  2-9     Vs    Cill Cheather 8-10





Schools Coaching

After the Christmas break the schools coaching started again with a new block of parishes receiving a 5 week block of visits from the GDA. These parishes were

Kilrush, Doonbeg, Naomh Eoin, O’Curry’s, Kilkee

 Regional Squads –Step 2

 January saw the start of our regional U14 and U15 squads in preparation for our County U14 and U15 development squads. This Step 2 of our 4 Step pathway for club players to advance and improve their playing standards as they try and achieve the honour of representing their county at the Munster football tournaments.

 In the format for the Regional squads we amalgamate 2 divisions from the U15 divisional championship and create regional squads at U14 and U15. Therefore go from 6 divisions into 3 regions and this has the effect of creating more competitive squads and games to expose club players with each region had 5 training sessions and two games against the other regions.

 The squads received coaching from some of the best coaches in the county including sessions taken by county players. The added incentive for each region was the opportunity for the winning region to travel to Moyvane in March to play the North Kerry U14 and U15 academy squads.

 The South/West regional squad made of players from the Corca Baiscinn and Estuary Gaels division were victorious in the U14 grade while the Mid/North squads consisting of players from the An Tuisceart and Cill Cheathar were the U15 victors.

 This is STEP 2 of the 4 step pathway for all players to advance to Development squad tournament panel.

Munster Council 1st Year Coaching Project

The Munster Council/County board 1st year project is in its 2nd year and it ultimate aim is to have a stronger Munster Senior Championship through improving the playing standards in Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. It was decided the best way to achieve this goal was through the colleges in each of the counties because up to 2010 St Flannan’s Ennis were the only school outside of Cork and Kerry that competed at Munster colleges A level.

So a four year project was agreed were 3 schools from each county were selected to receive 24 weeks outside coaching and blitzes for their 1st year players with the aim that some of these schools would capable of entering Munster A colleges competitions.

 In Clare the 3 schools selected were Rice College Ennis, West Clare colleges amalgamation (Kilkee, Kilrush, Kilmihil, Kildysart) and North Clare colleges (Spanish Pt, Ennistymon CBS, Ennistymon Vocational, Lisdoonvarna). The West and North amalgamations because individually these schools could never hope to compete at A on their own and so for 12 Sundays before and 12 Sundays after Christmas the 1st year players from ach school train together in Cooraclare/Killimer in West and Lahinch in the North. As it is the second year of the project the 2nd years are kept together and continue on the previous years work.

 This project has been a huge success for all involved but especially in raising the profile of both Gaelic football and most important of all the Player

 The coaches responsible for the coaching the past two years along with the teachers of each school are

West – Ger Keane year 1 and James Murrihy year 2

North – Aidan O Keeffe

Rice – Michael Considine year 1 and Lawrence Healy year 2

 Foundation Course

Night 1 of the football foundation course was held in Corofin GAA hall for the An Tuisceart divisional clubs on Tuesday 11th with night 2 held on Tuesday 18th.

February 2011

Development Squads

In February we had Step 3 of the 4 Step development pathway for our club players with each step aimed at challenging players abilities and increasing their profile by achieving selection for the next level.

 Here we select two development squads each at U14 and U15 from players showing promise from those that were selected to take part in our 3 regional squads in January. So we select Atlantic and Boru development squads for both grades which giving us a wide base of 48 players that we will carry into 2012 and with the Atlantic representing players selected from 3 divisions from the west ( Corca Baiscinn, Cill Cheathar and An Tuisceart ) and Boru representing the other 3 divisions ( Estuary Gaels, Inis Faughs, Boru ) we have players across the whole county involved.

 These development squads had 3 weeks of training and play two games against each other before they break for the U16 club championship. However the work done in January and February through regional and development squads will give the squads a head start when they come together again in June for their preparation for the Munster tournaments in July.

 U14 Management – Matt O Connor Wolf Tones, Martin Brennan Clondegad, David O Connell Sh Gaels, Martin Downes Naomh Eoin

U15 Management - Maurice Walsh Eire Og , Seamus Clancy Corofin, Paul Conway Kilkee, Donal O hAnifein Eire Og

U16 Management – Albert Hardiman Doorabarefield,  Brian Considine Liscannor, David O Shea Kilrush

 This is STEP 3 of the 4 step pathway for all players to advance to Development squad tournament panel.

 Munster Council 1st Year Coaching Project

The West and North Clare college amalgamations along with Rice colleges 1st and second year coaching project continues in Cooraclare and Lahinch every Sunday morning at 10 and 11.15 and in Fairgreen Ennis every Wednesday at 3.30. See January for more details


In February we held two workshops on Strength and Conditioning delivered by Coaching Ireland and held in St Michaels Community School Kilmihil and Liscanor NS

 New Football Coach

County player David O Brien of Doorabarefield is the new football coach responsible for Ennis and East Clare clubs/schools for 2011. This a project joint funded by Clare football supporters club, Bord Na Og Peil and county bord , this project is in its second year.

 March 2011

 In early March as winners of Divisional/Regional matches 3 representatives at U14, U15 and U16 travelled across to Tarbart and Moyvane to compete against the North Kerry academies. This gave our players a great opportunity to test themselves against the best players in the North Kerry division who had completed 8 weeks of coaching.

 South/West U14 Regional Squad 1-8 Vs North Kerry U14 Academy 4-13

An Tuisceart (N.Clare) U15 Divisional Squad 3-12 Vs North Kerry U15 Academy 3-4

Corca Baiscinn (West Clare) U16 Divisional Squad 2-10 Vs North Kerry U16 Academy 3-13

 Team photos and reports attached on the Clare GAA Website

 Munster Council 1st Year Coaching Project

The West and North Clare college amalgamations along with Rice colleges 1st and second year coaching project continues in Cooraclare and Lahinch every Sunday morning at 10 and 11.15 and in Fairgreen Ennis every Wednesday at 3.30. See January for more details


March also saw workshops for clubs on the following

 Fun Do Coaches Resource Pack aimed at club coaches responsible for Nursery, U8, U10 and U12 teams. This included introduction to the much heralded GAA coaching resource as well as a 5 week skills session planner. These were held at

 St John Bosco Community College for Estuary Gaels divisional clubs on Tuesday 8th

Cooraclare Communuty Hall for Corca Baiscinn and Cill Chreathar divisional clubs on Tuesday 15th

Corofin GAA Hall for An Tuisceart divisional clubs on Tuesday 22nd

 Foundation Course

Night 1 of the football foundation course was held in Gurteen GAA hall for the Doorabarefield club on Wednesday 30th.

 Clubs Visits

With the commencement of the U16 championship and Go Games blitzes a few weeks away this month also the start of club visits by the GDA with up to 3 club visits each week the target.

 Schools Coaching

A new block of parish schools received a 5 week block of visits from the GDA. These parishes were

Killimer, Sh Gaels, Cooraclare, Kilmihil, Coolmeen, Kildysart, Clondegad, Lisseycasey


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