The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada, is the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association (CGAA). The basic aim of the CGAA 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 22 affiliated GAA clubs with over 1000 members. 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, Fraser Valley Gaels; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Fort McMurray Shamrocks; 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; Roger Casements; Durham Robert Emmets. 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 Gaelic Athletic Association 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, Matthew Healy, Fionnuala McGovern, Pat Donnelly, Billy Millar, Lorraine Morley, Jarlath Connaughton, Eddie Mangan and Brian Farmer.
Youth organizations that the CGAA support include the Vancouver ISSC, Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Calgary Fianna, Brampton Rebels, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels, Ottawa Eire Og Hurling, Montreal Shamrocks and St. John's Newfoundland.
*** The CGAA appointed the following people to serve in 2015.
Toronto Ref Coordinator - John Molloy
Toronto Competition Control Committee: Sean Harte (Chairperson), Angela O'Muiri (Secretary) Members: Gerry Greenan, Shane Watters and John Molloy
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 CGAA of the Canadian Immigration Centre – Lorraine Morley
International Development Committee Member – Brian Farmer
Congress Delegates - Brian Farmer, Paula Macfarlane, Sean Harte
***GAA/DFA 2015 - Six Projects were awarded funds:
Youth through Adult Games Development Project – Montreal Shamrocks €6,000
2015 GAA Summer Training Camp and Coach Development Sessions – Newfoundland and Labrador GAA €1,500
Youth and Camogie Development Programme – Vancouver ISSC €3,000
Edmonton Cúl Camp €1,500
Development of Hurling and Introduction of Iomáin in Ottawa - Éire Óg Ottawa €2,500
Youth to the Max – Ottawa Gaels Football Club €2,500
Global Games Development Fund Open Call for 2016
The completed Application Form is to be submitted via email to the Secretary of the CGAA firstname.lastname@example.org and Caoimhe Ní Néill - email@example.com by Friday, 11th December, 2015.
Our web site has been worked upon to bring information that is as up to date as possible.
Links to note that are available to download from our website:
Please be advised and reminded that as per CGAA Bye Law # 20, all Competitions, Tournaments and Challenge games must be sanctioned and approved by the CGAA. The facilities to be used for any of these events also require the approval of the CGAA, 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 CGAA, 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 CGAA.
Canadian Inter Club Challenge Games
Inter Club challenge games require the sanction of the CGAA. 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 CGAA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Referee’s report for disciplinary purposes should be submitted to the Secretary of the CGAA.
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 CGAA at email@example.com 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 enrolment form is available to download from our website.
Referee’s report for disciplinary purposes should be submitted to the Secretary of the CGAA at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 CGAA at email@example.com 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 CGAA.
***2015 - Eastern Division Championships -Halifax Gaels won the second men’s Eastern Division Gaelic Football Championship Cup. Ottawa Gaels won the first ever ladies Championship. The Halifax Gaels took home the James Ring Sr. Memorial Cup for the 2nd time. Next year - Quebec City.
***2015 Western Divisional Champions were the Vancouver Harps Ladies Football team and the Vancouver Harps in Senior Mens. The Western Canada Hurling Cup was won by the Calgary Chieftains. Regina Gaels were the Junior Mens Football and Junior Hurling Champions. Next Year - Regina
***2015 Toronto Division League winners were St. Michaels (Mens) and Durham (Ladies). In Championship play it was St. Michaels (Ladies) and Durham (Men). The Intermediate Mens Champions were Toronto Gaels. Toronto Gaels were the Intermediate Champions. League Shield winners were St. Pats Ladies GFC.
NACB Finals: Intermediate Camogie Champions - Vancouver Harps Intermediate Ladies Football Champions - Vancouver Harps. St. Mikes Ladies Football Shield Winners; Toronto Hurling; Toronto Camogie; Vancouver Harps Mens Football and Hurling teams.
Sanctions and Transfers for Canada
The CGAA was granted deviation to allow a player in the codes of football and hurling, who had arrived in the jurisdiction of Canada on or before December 31, 2014, and after furnishing proof (documentation) that was approved and certified by the CGAA, is eligible to complete an Inter County Transfer up to a maximum of five (5) players per club on or before March 2, 2015.
Clubs in Canada that had teams compete in both codes of football and hurling in 2014 will be granted up to a maximum of five (5) players per code, to a maximum of ten (10) total.
Eligibility for an ICT will require dated proof of entry into Canada (Passport) on or before December 31, 2014 along with copies of work permits or visa papers that demonstrate residency.
No reciprocal transfer would be allowed under any circumstance, until January 1, 2016 and regulations pertaining to Championship participation would still apply.
Any player from both codes of hurling and football arriving to Canada on January 1, 2015 and onwards will need to apply for a summer sanction.
Men’s Sanctions, Ladies Permits and Camogie Sanctions 2015 are available on our CGAA website. This year there were 12 Ladies Permits with 5 for Toronto, 6 for Western Canada and 1 for Eastern Canada. 5 more permits than the year before.
There were 54 Men’s sanctions with 9 for Western Canada and the balance to Toronto. One more sanction than from the year before.
There were 3 Camogie Sanctions - 2 to Toronto and 1 to Vancouver.
Congratulations to the following ladies and men who represented CANADA in the GAA World Games held in Abu Dhabi in March.
Nicola Kirwan, Sinead McHugh, Amanda Irwin : Durham Robert Emmets GFC Leanne Fitzgerald, Erin Loughnane, Siobhan O’Muiri, Tressa McMaster, Candace Kwan Sylvie De Brabandere: St. Michael's Hurling & Football Club Lorraine Morley, Renee Tong, Kyrah Tanner, Yvonne Morley: St. Pats GFC - Officials Paul Lougnane and Ultan Blee
Eastern Canadian Men’s Team
Damien Conneely, Martin Lawless, Plunkett McCullough, Guillaume Ducharme, Ronan Corbett, Olivier Sakr, Steven Owens, Paul O’Reilly, Chris Moran, Philip Loughney - Montreal Shamrocks Damian Dolan - St. Johns Avalon Harps, Newfoundland and Labrador Shane Foley - Les Patriots de Québec
Toronto Canadian Team winners of the International Shield
Darren Farmer, Eddie Moley: Durham Emmets Paul Loughnane, Robbie Brooks, Liam Lynch, Alan McEntee, Frank Tobin, Donagh O’Connor: St Mikes Ronan McMahon, Jeff Mulgrew, Marty Walls, Daniel Keating:St Vincents Ciaran Clarke, Enda McCaffery Toronto Gaels Manager: Ultan Blee Selectors: Mark Downey Brian Farmer.
I am very pleased to be at the top table here with Ulster Council President-Elect Michael Hasson and Ulster Secretary Danny Murphy. The relationship between Ulster and the CGAA 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 years.
Our three Divisional boards worked very hard to deliver the playing of our Gaelic games in 2015. A special thank you to Presidents Ray McIlroy, Ronan Corbett and Kimberly Budd and to their Secretaries Erin Loughnane, Orla McKiernan and Sharon Whelton.
I want to thank Paula, Yvonne and Ronan for their service this year. I want to thank Brian for attending Edmonton’s 40th Anniversary last October. It was a pleasure to have him there. The recognition for what has been accomplished by Edmonton in Canada was appreciated by all of their members.
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, present a most generous spirit by us all.
Secretary of the CGAA
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