The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada, is the Canadian County Board, Incorporated (CCB). The basic aim of the CCB is to preserve and promote Gaelic Games and pastimes in Canada. In seven provinces (five time zones) of the Maple Leaf County are 15 cities with 21 affiliated GAA clubs with over 700 playing participants. Going from West to East (7,349 km in total), the Western Divisional Board (Founded in 1994) consists of 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 (Mens), and Saskatoon’s Clann na nGael (Mens). The Toronto Divisional Board (Founded in 1947) consists of Ontario’s Toronto Hurling Club, St. Mikes, St. Pats, St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club; Durham Robert Emmets, and Brampton Roger Casements. The Eastern Divisional Board (Founded in 2014) consists of Ontario’s Ottawa Gaels and the Eire Og Ottawa Hurling Club, Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks, Quebec City’s Les Patriotes, Nova Scotia’s Halifax Gaels and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps.
The founding of the Canadian County Board took place in Toronto, Ontario 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, Jarlath Connaughton and Eddie Mangan.
Youth and minor organizations that the County Board works with include Vancouver ISSC, Brampton Rebels, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels and Ottawa Eire Og Hurling.
*** The Canadian County Board appointed the following people to serve in 2014.
Toronto Ref Coordinator - John Molloy
Toronto Competition Control Committee: Sean Harte (Chairperson), Angela O'Muiri (Secretary) Members: Grainne Sheelan, Ross McElhone and Colm Sharkey
Toronto Hearings Committee: Chair: Cormac Monaghan; Secretary: Diarmuid O'Connor Members: Frank O'Hagan, Jarlath Connaughton and Mark O’Brien.
County Appeals Committee consisted of Brian Farmer (Chairperson), John O'Flynn (Secretary) and County Board Members.
Representative on the Board of the Canadian Immigration Centre – Lorraine Morley
International Development Committee Member – John O’Flynn
Congress Delegates - Brian Farmer, Eddie Mangan, Sean Harte, Angela O’Muiri
***GAA/DFA 2014 Open Call - Eight projects received funding for a total of 26,200 Euros.
GAA/DFA 2015 Open Call - Six projects were forwarded last month and results will be made known in January to the County Board and to the Project applicants from Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and St. John’s.
Our web site has been worked upon to bring information that is as up to date as possible. I would ask that material be communicated so that we can help you to promote and celebrate your Divisional activities.
Links to note that are available to download from our website:
Inter Club Transfer Form for Use in Canada
Canadian County Board Organizational Chart (Oct. 2014)
Please be advised and reminded that as per Canadian County Board Bye Law # 20, all Competitions, Tournaments and Challenge games must be sanctioned and approved by the Canadian County Board. The facilities to be used for any of these events also require the approval of the County Board, and a permit for use of the facility must be obtained from the administrator in control of the facility, e.g. municipality or school board etc. The exact same rules and regulations apply to practice and training facilities. Games, practices, training and events that do not have the prior approval of the County Board, and or the use of a facility without having first obtained a permit, shall be deemed a “Non- Sanctioned Event” and as such will not be covered by insurance policies issued to the Canadian County Board.
Canadian Inter Club Challenge Games
Inter Club challenge games require the sanction of the Canadian County Board. An application form is available to download from our website, and must be received at least five days prior to the date of the proposed game, and should be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board at: email@example.com
Referee’s report for disciplinary purposes should be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board.
Out of County Challenge Games
Out of County Challenge games require the sanction of the relevant Counties. An application form is available to download from our website , and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board at firstname.lastname@example.org at least four weeks prior to the date of the game.
For insurance liability and compliance purposes, a complete list of club members intending to travel outside of Canada must also be submitted along with the applicable insurance fees two weeks prior to the date of the game. This travel enrollment form is available to download from our website.
Referee’s report for disciplinary purposes should be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board at email@example.com
Out of County Tournament Games
All out of County Tournaments require the sanction of the relevant Counties. An application form is available to download from our website, and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board at firstname.lastname@example.org at least twelve weeks prior to the date of the tournament.
For insurance liability and compliance purposes, a complete list of club members intending to travel outside of Canada must also be submitted along with the applicable insurance fees, two weeks prior to the date of the Tournament. This travel enrollment form is available to download from our website.
Referee’s reports for disciplinary purposes should be submitted to the Secretary of the Canadian County Board.
***2014 - Eastern Division Championships -Montreal Shamrocks won the first Eastern Division Gaelic Football Championship Cup, donated by the Heart & Crown Pub (Ottawa).
The Halifax Gaels took home the James Ring Sr. Memorial Cup, generously donated by The Ring Family (St. John’s).
***2014 Western Divisional Champions were the Vancouver Harps Ladies Football team and the Edmonton Wolfe Tones in Senior Mens. The Fraser Valley Gaels team of the Vancouver ISSC were the Junior Mens Football Champions.
***2014 Toronto Division League winners were St. Michaels (Mens) and St. Mikes (Ladies). In Championship play it was St. Michaels (Mens) and Durham (Ladies). The Intermediate Mens Champions were St.Vincents.
NACB Finals: Junior A Final - St. Mikes Ladies lost to Boston Shamrocks; Vancouver Harps Intermediate Ladies beat Durham Robert Emmets in a semi-final. Vancouver would lose to Charlotte in the Final. Toronto’s Hurling Club participated at the Senior level where they lost to Boston Galway.
Congratulations to Toronto’s Camogie Intermediate team with their win over Indy GAA in their Championship. Toronto’s Senior Camogie team lost to Boston’s Eire Og in the Final.
Congratulations to Vancouver’s JP Ryans who beat Boston Wexford in the Junior A Hurling Final and to the Vancouver Harps who beat Philadelphia in the Intermediate Division 2 Football Final.
Sanctions and Transfers for Canada
The Canadian County Board was granted a 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, 2013, and after furnishing proof (documentation) that was approved and certified by the Canadian County Board, eligiblity to complete an Inter County Transfer up to a maximum of five (5) players per club on or before March 4, 2014.
Eligibility for an ICT required dated proof of entry into Canada (Passport) on or before December 31, 2013 along with copies of work permits or visa papers that demonstrate residency.
No reciprocal transfer would be allowed under any circumstance, until January 1, 2015 and regulations pertaining to Championship participation would still apply.
Any player from both codes of hurling and football arriving to Canada on January 1, 2014 and onwards would have applied for a summer sanction.
Men’s Sanctions in 2014 and all sanctions that have been granted by Croke Park from 2011 onwards, along with Ladies Permits 2014 are available on our County Board website to view. This year there were seven Ladies Permits with four for Toronto and three for Vancouver. One less permit from the year before. There were 53 Men’s sanctions with 10 for Western Canada and the balance to Toronto. 16 less sanctions from the year before.
I am very pleased to be at the top table here with Ulster Council Chairman Martin McAviney and Ulster Council President-Elect Michael Hasson. I know my dear friend Ulster Secretary Danny Murphy was not able to make this trip, I am hopeful that he will be part of our proceedings in 2015. The relationship between Ulster and the Canadian County Board has been strategic, collegial, and one that is treasured. I am most grateful to all of the good people of Ulster Council I have been in contact with these last 10 years.
Our three Divisional boards worked very hard to deliver the playing of our Gaelic games in 2014. A special thank you to Presidents Ray McIlroy, Ronan Corbett and Kimberly Budd and to their Secretaries Eoin Lynch, Orla McKiernan and Jerry McCarthy.
I want to thank Eddie, Yvonne and Ronan for their service this year. Eddie, you will be missed for your dry wit and thoughtfulness about promoting our games. I want to thank Brian for attending my Club’s 40th Anniversary in Vancouver last October. It was a pleasure to have him there. The recognition for what has been accomplished by the most western club in Canada was appreciated by all of our members of the Irish Sporting and Social Club.
Friends, let us continue to move forward, giving freely of our time and talent in promoting our Gaelic Games for Canadians and with Canadians, and may we be always willing to welcome those who arrive from Ireland for a new beginning and a new adventure in our Country and with our Clubs recognize a most generous spirit by us all!
Secretary of the Canadian County Board
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