In seven provinces of the Maple Leaf County are 14 cities with 20 affiliated GAA clubs with over 700 participants. Going from West to East (7,349 km in total) British Columbia’s Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Fort McMurray Shamrocks (Mens); Saskatchewan’s Regina Gaels, Ontario’s Toronto Hurling Club, St. Mikes, St. Pats (Mens), St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club; Durham Robert Emmets, Brampton Roger Casements, Ottawa’s Gaels Football and Hurling, Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks, Quebec City Les Patriotes Nova Scotia’s Halifax Gaels and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps.
The founding of the CCB took place on Sunday, November 15th 1987. GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus of Crossmolina, County Mayo, chaired the meeting. Among those in attendance were Toronto’s Cormac O’Muiri, Ottawa’s Pat Kelly, Montreal’s Paul Moran and Paddy Dunne (R.I.P.). The first elections of officers were Toronto’s Paul Kennedy as Chairman, Vancouver’s John O’Flynn as Secretary and Ottawa’s Michael Connolly as Treasurer.
Others who have served on the County Board since its foundation include Diarmuid O’Connor, Noelle Russell, Sean Harte, Matthew Healy, Fionnuala McGovern, Pat Donnelly, Billy Millar, Lorraine Morley and Jarlath Connaughton.
The Canadian County Board appointed the following people to serve in 2013.
Competition Control Committee: Sean Harte (Chairperson), Angela O'Muiri (Secretary) Members: Cathal McGee, Ross McElhone and Colm Sharkey
Hearings Committee: Chair: Mark O'Brien; Secretary: Diarmuid O'Connor
Members: Frank O'Hagan, Damian Higgins and Cormac Monaghan.
The County’s Appeal Committee consisted of Brian Farmer (Chairperson), John O'Flynn (Secretary) and Jarlath Connaughton.
National Hurling Team Manager – Kevin Loughnane
Representative on the Board of the Canadian Immigration Centre – Lorraine Morley
International Development Committee Member – John O’Flynn
Canadian Members of Work Group Areas :
Games Development (Paul McCarthy) Yvonne Morley
Administration (Joe Trolan) Kimberly Budd
Facilities (Seamus O'Sullivan) Cathal Mcgee
Marketing/Communications (Larry McCarthy) Rebekah Valenti Creery
Finance (James Kennedy) Gráinne Sheelan
Partnerships/Structures of the International Federation (Brian Sheedy) Jerry McCarthy
Volunteer/Membership Structures (John O'Flynn) Jessie McKitrick
2013 Congress Delegates in County Derry
Brian Farmer, John O’Flynn and Rebekah Valenti Creery
The Canadian County Board offered up its congratulations for the work and effort of the Regina Gaels in 2013
· Foundation of Club & Appointment of Executive Committee on March 5th 2013 in O’Hanlon’s Bar, Regina. (CBC interviews, Leader Post Article, great enthusiasm with locals regarding formation of the GAA in the city)
· Adoption of Regina Gaels as club name, and club colours or Navy, White & Green at club’s first AGM March 18th 2013
· Appointment of Niall O’Halloran as senior team Manager and commencement of Adult Training April 15th
· Adoption of Club Crest May 3rd - (Crest designed by Ciaran Clancy Graphic Design, Co. Leitrim, with the theme of the uniting Irish and Canadian cultures through the GAA)
· Launch of Club na nOg May 17th
· Unveiling of The Knotted Thistle & Travelodge Hotel as the club’s official sponsor May 20th
· Club’s first social event, Quiz night May 25th
· First Exhibition game June 1st – Regina Rugby Pitches
· August 3rd – WCC – Regina Gaels first competitive game against the Calgary Chieftains, Regina 0-07 Calgary 2-09
· August 4th – WCC – Junior Final against Red Deer / Lethbridge, Regina Gaels 2-11 Red Deer / Lethbridge 2-07 after extra time. ·
September 5th – Regina Gaels win 3 WCC All-Stars
· September 28th – End of Season BBQ November 2nd – First Dinner Dance
Looking forward to 2014:
·Host a Football tournament to help Develop GAA in Saskatchewan - Work with our neighbours in Saskatoon to help develop the club there - Work towards 2014 WCC in Vancouver - Further Develop GAA programme for kids in Regina - Develop a ladies GAA team in Saskatchewan.
A GAA/DFA Open Call saw project proposals delivered by Secretary John O’Flynn to Croke Park in late December 2012 while attending an International Meeting.
1. Games Development Project - Montreal Shamrocks GAC;
2. Strength in Numbers: The continuing development of Canadian-Irish relations through sustainable Sport Initiatives - Ottowa Gaels;
3. Hurling and Camogie in Western Canada;
4. Ladies Gaelic Football Mini Indoor 7s Recreational League;
5. Indoor Seven-a-side Football Tournaments;
6. Development of Camogie League in Toronto;
7. Recruiting and Retaining of Canadian players to Gaelic Games;
8. Hurling and Camogie in Calgary;
9. Toronto Chieftains Gaelic Football Camp;
10. Hurling in Toronto;
11. Lá na gClub - Opening Day;
12. Project Media Blitz;
13. Brampton Rebels GFC
The project proposals were assessed by the GAA and the DFA on the basis of the following award criteria:
Quality of the proposed activities [0 – 15] The compliance with the objectives of the call for proposals; The overall coherence of the activity programme; The quality and innovative character of the proposed outputs.
Strength and relevance of the project from a Games Development perspective i.e. the Grassroots to National Programme (GNP)[0 – 5];
Long-lasting impact (sustainability) [0 - 5]
Emigrant Support Programme added value [0 - 5].
A sum of €5,000 was awarded to the project Games Development Project - Montreal Shamrocks GAC.
A sum of €5,000 was awarded to the project Strength in Numbers: The continuing development of Canadian-Irish relations through sustainable Sport Initiatives - Ottawa Gaels.
A sum of €10,000 was awarded to the project Hurling and Camogie in Western Canada
In late November, seven projects were forwarded by the County Board for consideration of 2014 Funding.
Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association – Insurance Q & A posted on our Website
1) What type(s) of insurance do we have?
The Association carries 4 types of Insurance, Commercial General Liability (CGL), Sports Injury (and Death) Coverage, Directors and Officers Coverage and Abuse coverage (included in the CGL coverage)
2) What am I covered for?
The CGL policy covers bodily injury and property damage (including participants) to Third parties. Sports Injury provides coverage against various injuries to participants (listed in the policy). Directors and Officers Liability provides coverage of a financial nature for errors and omissions by Directors and officers (this coverage does not pertain to Bodily injury or property damage).
Abuse coverage covers suits brought as a result of “Sexual Molestation, sexual harassment, corporal punishment or physical or mental abuse or harassment whether actual or alleged”.
3) Can I claim for lost wages?
The Sports Injury does not cover for lost wages.
4) Can I claim for chiropractor and/or physio treatment?
Yes, there is a sublimit of $50 per visit and a limit of $500 per claim.
5) Is there a deductible?
Directors and Officers have a $1,000 Deductible.
Commercial General Liability (including Abuse) has a $500 Deductible
No Deductible for Sports Injury.
6) Are there any geographical limitations to cover?
There is worldwide coverage however the policies will only respond to suits brought in Canada.
7) Are we covered for pre-season training?
8) Do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes (only once, does not need to be signed each year but get new members to sign as they join your club).
9) What is a waiver?
Waivers are part of a business practice that sports insurers like to see in place. They potentially protect the policyholder from claims of negligence if it holds up in a court of law. Some do and some don’t.
10) What forms are required to fill in a claim?
Forms are available from the Canadian Board.
11) Where are these available?
See 10 above
12) What is the time limit in submitting a claim report?
13) Does it need to be witnessed?
Yes – a report should be signed by a witness preferably a referee, club president, team manager etc.
14) Are helmets compulsory for Hurling & Camogie?
Yes Helmets are compulsory otherwise coverage does not apply.
15) What am I not covered for?
You are not covered for Travel Medical Insurance to the U.S., if required it can be purchased for approx $5 a day, all we need to know is how many are travelling, to where in the U.S. and the dates. This is for a $2,000,000 limit
The operations of the Insured are defined as “ Gaelic Football / Hurling and Camogie activities and annual participation in St Patrick’s Day Parade and awards banquets”.
Any other event where the service of Alcohol by an association member is involved would need to obtain separate coverage. This can be done through “PAL” directly or by any independent broker.
All policies contain exclusions; please refer to policies for exclusions.
The game of hurling was re-introduced to the city of Vancouver in 2008. Vancouver entered the North American Junior Championship in 2010, and was crowned champions at their first attempt. In 2011, the Vancouver Hurling team was re-named, Joseph P. Ryan’s (Vancouver), in memory of Joseph Ryan, a founding member of the G.A.A. who later immigrated to Canada and who is buried in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Hurling in the city has continued to grow and 2013 saw the role out of a 7-a-side city league, along with continued involvement in the North American Championship and a number of other tournaments in both the United States and Canada.
In the city of Toronto, the Toronto Hurling Club have re-invigorated the sport of hurling in the city. Founded in 2010, the club competes annually with teams from across Canada and the United States at the North American Championships. 2013 saw their first Junior Championship with a 3 point victory over Vancouver. Locally, they compete in a city championship and provide an important social outlet for Irish immigrants and Canadians seeking to learn more about Irish culture.
Having been invited by the Galway County Board of the G.A.A. and Aer Lingus to send a National team representing Canada in a prestigious Hurling Tournament which took place in County Galway, Ireland during the third week of September 2013 was such an honour and privilige.
Joseph P. Ryan’s Vancouver proudly sent ten players to Ireland along with two selectors who made up part of the management team, while the Toronto Hurling Club proudly sent eleven players and one selector. The Canadian County Board thanks Kevin Loughnane for serving the team and representing the County Board as Manager.
Thank you to the sponsors in Ireland for allowing our athletes to represent Canada in this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Ireland's nationwide ''Gathering Event.'' Thank you to Emmett McDonnell's company (Glenhesk Solutions) and William Donnellan (IRL Construction Ltd) for their sponsorship.
Canada 0-11 v Middle East 1-12
Canada 3-20 v Milwaukee 1-06
Canada 1-09 v Europe (Irish) 0-11
Division 2 Final
Middle East 0-11 v Canada 0-08
The Ulster and Canadian GAA boards converged to support and develop Canada’s most recent up-and-coming club – St John’s Newfoundland. Ulster GAA’s Lisa McAliskey and Ryan Daly led a week’s activity of Coach Development and promotion of our Gaelic games to the communities of Holyroot, Conception Bay South, Mount Pearl and St John’s.
A week’s coaching was delivered to Primary School children from the age of 5–12 to give them a taste of Gaelic games with the hope of creating an interest in joining St John’s Newfoundland. Approximately 220 children received over an hour of Fun activities with the aim of increasing their interest in Gaelic Games through a series of Fun, modified and full games.
Several coaches undertook the GAA foundation award coaching course and by shadowing Lisa and Ryan during the summer camps, they are now in good stead to lead the underage development in the club. Driving force of the project, Ian Farrell – Youth Officer oversaw the programme and has set his sights on creating school club links, with the aim of starting an underage programme in the area, with a long term goal of competing in North America’s CYC in the not too distant future.
The adult’s hurling squad of St John’s also benefited from the trip, having taken part in two squad sessions, with a focus on skill development through games. Hopefully, the squad will reap the benefits and continue in their development as they prepared for an upcoming competition in Halifax. Canadian GAA Chairman Brian Farmer (Armagh) made the trip to Newfoundland to provide support for the programme. Brian is the front-runner in providing and overseeing Newfoundland’s strategic plan with the hope of creating a sustainable future for the club. A Gaelic Football camp with 110 kids at the Acadian Youth Festival in Mainland, NL was conducted by David Jensen in November.
The Western Divisional Board Champions were the Vancouver Harps Ladies Football team and the Edmonton Wolfe Tones in Senior Mens. Regina Gaels were the Junior Mens Football Champions. The Alberta Cup was won by Fort McMurray’s ladies team and Alberta’s first hurling tournament was won by the Edmonton Wolfe Tones.
The Toronto League winners were St. Vincents (Mens) and Durham (Ladies). In Championship play it was St. Vincents (mens) and Durham (ladies). The Intermediate Mens Champions were the Toronto Chieftains.
The Toronto Camogie team trained at Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Dublin prior to The Camogie Gathering “Lets Play Ball & Have a Ball”. The Camogie Gathering “Lets Play Ball & Have a Ball” began on Thursday, July 25th in Na Fianna CLG with a welcome reception for all travelling and home based teams as well as invited guests. "Lets Play Ball & Have a Ball" was organised in conjunction with Dublin Camogie Board and was a three day event to celebrate the Gathering 2013.
NACB Finals took place in Cleveland, Ohio with Canadian participation. A feature was a Junior A Hurling final between Vancouver and Toronto, and a Vancouver Junior Ladies A football win over Chicago Erin Rovers. Other teams in attendance were Toronto Senior Camogie, Durham Ladies and a Vancouver Intermediate mens football team.
Congrats to ISSC Vancouver members Brian Murphy and Kate McKay for competing in the All-Ireland Kick Fada Competition at Bray Emmets GAA in Co.Wicklow, Ireland in September. Both players kicked well and did the club and Canada proud. Thanks to Bray Emmets GAA for their support with sending Canadian members to Ireland.
Sanctions and Transfers for Canada
All players who sought to receive a sanction to the Canadian County Board areas must obtain insurance coverage from the GAA before a sanction was granted. Any player from codes of hurling and football arriving to Canada on January 1, 2012 and onwards, needed to apply. The latest date for approval of Sanctions to Canada for men and women is July 1. A club may not exceed the maximum number of sanctioned players – SEVEN but a club fielding a second team or junior team would be allowed to register 3 additional sanctioned players.
The actual cost of Sanction Insurance was €80.00 as the GAA had been supplementing the charge for their male players by €40.00. The LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION is not in a position to supplement the charge.
Inter county transfers to the Canadian Board areas were granted when a player had remained permanently in those areas having played as a sanctioned player in the previous year and made application by March 31 to Croke Park.
The Canadian County Board had been granted deviation to allow a player in the codes of football and hurling, who had arrived in the jurisdiction of the Toronto Divisional Board on or before December 31, 2012, and after furnishing proof (documentation) that was approved and certified by the Canadian County Board, is eligible to complete an Inter County Transfer up to a maximum of five (5) players per club on or before March 10, 2013.
Eligibility for an ICT required dated proof of entry into Canada (Passport) on or before December 31, 2012 along with copies of work permits or visa papers that demonstrate residency. No reciprocal transfer would be allowed under any circumstance, until January 1, 2014 and regulations pertaining to Championship participation would still apply.
The formation of any new club this year in the codes of football and/or hurling would be exempted from the five-player limit of Inter County Transfers. A player going to a Club with more than one registered team must indicate with which team he intends to play. Inter-change between teams is not permitted. Players are automatically eligible to register with a GAA Club in the CCB area if they were born in Canada, have never registered with a GAA Club previously, and are still a resident of Canada.
2013 Ladies Sanctions
Nadine Campbell - Armagh Harps to Edmonton Wolfe Tones
Emma Brady - Red Hughs Donegal to Durham Emmets
Eimer Kavanagh - Athlone Westmeath to St. Mikes
Diane O’Brien - Dublin to Durham Emmets
Marian McNama - Drumkeerin Leitrim to Saints Pat's
Cliodhna MacNamara Confey Kildare to St Michael's
Ashling O'Donnell Clashmore Waterford to Durham Emmets
Niamh Barrett Kilmacud Crokes Dublin to St Michael's
2013 Mens Sanctions
Ulster Council GAA Twin to Canada
In February 2004 Brian Farmer, CCB President, chaired a historic meeting along with Ulster Secretary Danny Murphy (Newry, Down) and Vice-Chairman Miceál Greenan (Drumconnick, Cavan) in response to Canada being twinned with the Ulster Provincial Council by Croke Park in 2003. Danny Murphy presented the Strategy for High Performance Gaelic Football in Ulster (2003-2007) and demonstrated CD’s and materials recently developed. Many ideas were shared for potential agreements in coaching, refereeing and youth development.
One of the first actions taken by the Ulster Council was to send over two senior referees to refresh the seasoned Toronto referees and train some new brave souls willing to tog out in black. An enlightening and very informative all-day session was conducted in May of 2004.
In January 2005, another meeting was coordinated by the CCB to discuss ways of developing Gaelic games in Canada through networking with the GAA Head of Games Pat Daly (Tallow, Waterford) and the Chair of the Overseas Units, Gene Duffy (Crossmaglen, Armagh). Youth development funds were made available for local GAA communities to apply for through the CCB and the Divisional Boards.
High Performance Director Dr. Eugene Young and Games Development Manager Terence McWilliams came to Canada twice (2006 and 2007) to deliver coach education sessions. By the end of their visits, the Toronto GAA had enough trained mentors to “coach” coaches and help improve the over-all caliber of coaching that is expected by today’s athletes.
In 2009, the County Board was pleased to have Danny Murphy along with Chairman Tom Daly in attendance for our Convention in the 125th Anniversary Year of our Association. Ulster GAA completed a training and development opportunity for coaches in Toronto. The programme was delivered by Eugene Young and Diarmaid Marsden, where 22 coaches attended the two-day workshop that focused on developing skills and games for understanding at the younger age groups. This work built on previous coach/teacher development programmes and referee education programmes in 2009 and 2006.
In 2010, the County Board was pleased to have Danny Murphy along with Chairman Aogan O Fearghail in attendance for our convention in Ajax, Ontario. In 2011, High Performance Director Dr. Eugene Young conducted a Strategic Planning Meeting in Toronto, Ontario with 37 in attendance from clubs across the country.
The President from Ulster Council and a Vice-President of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Aogan O Fearghail), the President of the Toronto Divisional Board (Sean Harte), the President of the Canadian County Board (Brian Farmer) and Secretary (John O’Flynn) met with the Western Divisional Board of the GAA and club delegates in March 2012.
In April Séamas Ó hAnluain was appointed by Ulster Provincial Council to deliver two referees training seminars in Toronto and, for the first time in Western Canada (Edmonton) on the same weekend.
In December 2012, the County Board was pleased to have Danny Murphy along with Vice-Chairman Martin McAviney in attendance for our convention in Ajax, Ontario.
In moving forward with the Canadian County Board's 2012 – 2015 Strategic Plan a referee's seminar took place on Saturday, April 27th 2013 with Frank McDonald travelling to Toronto to present in the Mezzanine Auditorium a the Textile Museum of Canada.
A number of Ulster referees also took charge of finals, They include Alan Nash who travelled to officiate in the Continental Youth Games along with Ronan Barry from Down. Niall Cullen from Erne Gaels in Fermanagh took charge of the Toronto Senior Football Finals.
The Western Divisional Board conducted a Club development course with Maura Kelly Club & Community Development Officer on June 8, 2013. Coach tutors Ryan Daly and Lisa Mcaliskey spent a week in Newfoundland from August 2 to 9, 2013 where they delivered programmes to youth and adults. Our Chairman, Brian Farmer, was able to visit the Club for the very first time.
The County Board is very pleased to have Ulster Chairman Martin McAviney and Secretary Danny Murphy in attendance for our convention today. The relationship between Ulster and the Canadian County Board has been strategic, collegial, and one that is treasured. We in Canada are most grateful.
I want to finish by thanking Brian, Eddie, and Yvonne. It has been a pleasure to work with them and I admire their commitment to the promotion of our Gaelic games in their own clubs.
Our two divisional boards worked very hard to deliver the playing of our Gaelic games in 2013. A special thank you is to be extended to Presidents Sean Harte and Kimberly Budd and to their Secretaries Angela O’Muiri and Rory Lynch for their service.
I must say how appreciative I have been of their professionalism in their respective Divisional Boards and of their service both on and off the field for their Club and extended GAA community. Their contributions towards Regional, National and International development have been stellar.
I want to strongly encourage those involved in our Clubs to keep records of the people, events and championships. Keeping the memory of our games in Canada is a visible sign of recognition to those presently involved but also serves as a “testament”, something which we can proudly pass on, to those that will follow us.
Let us continue to move forward, giving freely of our time and talent in promoting our Gaelic Games in Canada to Canadians AND always willing to welcome those who continue to arrive from Ireland for new beginnings and adventure in our Country and with our Clubs.
Canadian County Board Secretary
Western Canadian Divisional Board – firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Gaels GAA - email@example.com
Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club - firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmonton Wolfe Tones - email@example.com
Calgary Chieftains - firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Deer Eire Ogs - email@example.com
Non Divisional Clubs
Les Patriotes de Québec - firstname.lastname@example.org
Montreal Shamrocks - email@example.com
Nova Scotia Halifax Gaels - firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John's Avalon Harps GAA Club - GAA_SJ_NL@yahoo.ca
Toronto Divisional Board - email@example.com
Toronto Camogie Club - firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Hurling Club - email@example.com
Brampton Roger Casements - firstname.lastname@example.org
Durham Robert Emmets - email@example.com
Ottawa Gaels – firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mikes - St_mikesgaa@hotmail.com
St. Pat's Canadians - email@example.com
St. Vincents - firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto Gaels - email@example.com
Toronto Chieftains - firstname.lastname@example.org
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