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GPA Members suggest six amendments to the Hurling Championship Proposals 2018-2020

GPA members suggest six amendments to the Hurling Championship Proposals 2018-2020

Friday, 14 June, 2017: Following an extensive consultation process involving all inter-county hurling squads on the GAA’s Hurling Championship proposals 2018-2020, detailed feedback has allowed the GPA to submit specific amendments to the CCCC, as required by Croke Park, before today's deadline.

The amendments were drafted by the GPA Competition Structure Reform Committee after an exhaustive discussion with inter-county hurlers. The GPA are satisfied that there will be no negative impact on club games while the suggestions will also promote the development of hurling in lower tiered hurling counties.

Provincial Qualifier Group suggestions:

•  Two teams from the Provincial Qualifier Group progress to play the 3rd placed teams from the Leinster and Munster Round Robin (RR) Groups, providing an extra game for another county and rectifying imbalance between the Leinster and Munster RR Group.

•  A six-team Provincial Qualifier Group consisting of Laois, Westmeath, Kerry, Carlow, Antrim and Meath based on 2017 results.


Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cup suggestions:

•  Extension of season from five weeks to potentially nine weeks, for a finalist, allowing break weeks for recovery and preparation before semi-finals and final.

•  Top two teams from Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cup round robin groups qualify for semi-finals.

•  Final of Lory Meagher Cup to be played as a double-header with Leinster or Munster RR final round game.

•  Finals of Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups to be played as a double-header, preferably before Munster and Leinster finals or alternatively before the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.


The GPA are satisfied that the main objectives of the GAA’s original proposal for change will not be impacted by these suggestions.

We await the CCCC's final proposal for Special Congress on September 30, 2017 and recommend that the views of our members should be considered with great importance.

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Flashback Friday!

Tipperary v Armagh

FLASHBACK: Tipperary v Armagh - Quinlivan helps Premier raids the Orchard As comebacks go Tipperary's smash and grab Division 3 FL defeat of Armagh earlier this year ranks right up there with the best as star forward Michael Quinlivan banged in a second-half hat-trick to produce his very own Roy of the Rovers moment.

On the back foot throughout, the Premier's hopes of promotion lay in tatters before All-Star attacker Quinlivan stepped forward like so many times in the past to seal a famous fightback and thwart Armagh's passage to Division 2.

The Tipp maestro has a remarkable knack of bailing teams out of tight corners with late goals as his injury-time winner propelled Clonmel Commercials to a famous Munster club final win over Nemo Rangers in 2015 and this was just as dramatic.

There were just six seconds left on the clock when the towering full-forward pounced to finish a brilliant team move and raid the Orchard.

“We just don’t tend to do things the easy way, I don’t know why that is," Quinlivan said afterwards. “I met my Dad after the Armagh game and I was like, ‘Jeez, we need to stop doing this’. But he said to me, ‘no, you don’t!’

“I suppose if we can have that sort of a tag that we are never gone, or a game is never too far out of reach, then isn’t that great. We’ve given some great excitement to a lot of people over the years and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”

“Maybe it’s that we have to feel under pressure to perform or maybe we have to go so far behind that we take the pressure off ourselves. It was daylight robbery, but I suppose you create your own luck too.

"If you are on top, and Armagh were on top you kind of need to put us away. We were still in the game. Two wonder scores bring us back into contention and the goal just happens. Suddenly the final whistle is blown, we led for what? Six seconds maybe.”

In terms of excitement it was up there with the 'five-minute' All-Ireland SHC final of 1994 between Offaly and Limerick but as Quinlivan mentions, Tipperary football supporters have become well accustomed to such scenarios in recent years.

They were treated to another last weekend away to Cavan and with the odds stacked against them once again, they delivered the goods to come from behind and slay the Breffni men booking a place in the Round 3 Qualifier draw.

It's only fitting that last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists were pitted against Armagh and Kieran McGeeney's side will be gunning for revenge as they renew acquaintances in Semple Stadium on Saturday (5.0).

Hold onto your hats, when the Tipp footballers are involved you're guaranteed to be left on the edge of your seat.


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Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)

Have you thought about going to college but are unsure what course to do, or if you are ready?

Would you like to learn skills that you can put to immediate use in your day to day life and skills that will help you develop your career?

The Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport) in Griffith College has been designed with you in mind!

The programme is a professional development course for high performance/professional sports people. It will help you develop business and communication skills to build confidence in a number of key areas. This is unique programme that helps you both NOW in your current context and helps prepare you for the future. It has welcomed sportspeople from a variety of backgrounds since commencing in 2015.

Students will study a number of topics, with each one tailored to your particular circumstances. The topics include:

·         Social Media Management

·         Technology and Communication

·         Understanding Contracts & Negotiation

·         Developing your personal Brand

·         Personal Finance

·         Research and Study Skills

·         Building Your Business Skillset

·         Communication Strategies

There are no exams; each topic is assessed through an assignment which is related in some way to your personal and professional development. Each student receives considerable individual attention and support, ensuring a personalised learning experience is fostered. 

Students will have access to many resources offering structure and guidance, including online videos, lecture notes and very flexible timetables. The programme team includes enthusiastic, award winning lecturers who have won praise for being both professionally and academically very strong.

All students who complete the assignments will graduate with the Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport), a Level 7 Special Purpose Award (20ECTS), validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). 

Register before the 9th of August 2017 to receive a 10% discount on course fee! (Discount will be applied after payment of €250 deposit).  

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Applications are invited for the WIT/GPA Scholarships at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Applications are invited for the WIT/GPA Scholarships at Waterford Institute of Technology.


These are two full fee funded scholarships for the prestigious and highly recognised one year Master of Business Studies programme at WIT. Applications should be made via The MBS programme comprises of four specialist streams and applicants should indicate their preferred stream when applying, as well as expressing their interest in being considered for the Scholarship.



The PAC course code for each stream are as follows MBS Marketing WD506; MBS Economics & Finance WD507; MBS Human Resource Management WD509; MBS Management WD510.

 Closing date for consideration for the WIT/GPA Scholarship is Friday July 14th.

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Gaelic Players to be Champions of Courage for Children with Cancer

Gaelic Players to be Champions of Courage for Children with Cancer

Press release on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association and Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Gaelic Players Association and Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) today (Thursday 22nd June 2017) launched the #Championsofcourage Campaign which will continue to support Childhood Cancer Foundation.


Players, Derek McNicholas (Westmeath), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne (Carlow), Diarmiud O’Keeffe (Wexford),  Colm Begley (Laois)   and members of the CCF were joined by children and staff of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) on St John’s Haematology/Oncology Ward to launch the Campaign and the specially commissioned Beads of Courage® which up to 50 Inter County players will carry on their kit bags throughout the summer for the Hurling and Football Championships. The players will then gift a bead to a child in treatment as a symbol of their strength and courage. Together they will be Champions of Courage.

Speaking at the launch Derek McNicolas of Westmeath Hurlers said: “As players we are delighted to be part of the #Championsofcourage Campaign to support the work of Childhood Cancer Foundation and most importantly to carry Beads of Courage® throughout the Championship season to honour the courage of children and young adults fighting cancer and their families.”


Dermot Earley, Chief Executive of the GPA added: "We are delighted to offer our continued support to the Childhood Cancer foundation. We are extremely proud of our players who are supporting this campaign and proving their continued contribution to Irish Society and to wonderful causes such as this. Since our foundation the GPA has placed huge importance on supporting our players to be active as social leaders in their communities. Our partnership with the Children Cancer Foundation is part of this commitment and a great example of how so many inter-county players are dedicated to doing their bit to make Ireland a better place." 


Rachel Kenna, Director of Nursing at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) speaking at the launch said: “These specially commissioned Beads of Courage from the Hurling and Football Inter County Players will provide encouragement for children as they cope with their illness.  On behalf of all the patients and families we thank the Childhood Cancer Foundation and all the GAA County Players for their ongoing commitment to OLCHC.”


Laura Cullinan of Childhood Cancer Foundation continued to say: “Children with cancer display incredible courage as they endure many difficult procedures and treatments over long periods as they battle childhood cancer.  For the brave children of St John’s Ward to know that these players are thinking of them and supporting their fight will encourage them and boost their spirits at difficult times during their treatment journey”.


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