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‘MARCH FOR MAROON’

Galway GAA have announced a hugely exciting fundraiser which will take place all this month called ‘March for Maroon.’ The event is a virtual 10K run, walk or cycle with all proceeds going to the Galway GAA Training Fund, Cancer Care West and the Oranmore-Maree Coastal Search Unit. All-Ireland winning captains David Burke and Sarah Dervan are both taking on the challenge along with many others including Joe Canning, Padraig Mannion, Shane Walsh, Johnny Heaney, Louise Ward and Paul Conroy. Everybody is welcome including all those living and working abroad.

‘March for Maroon’ will also include weekly competitions for best times, best locations and best colours as well as your greatest GAA moments. Everybody that takes part will also be entered into a draw for a very special VIP matchday experience prize for two. For more information and to donate just log onto www.galwaygaa.ie today. You can also post all your pictures and videos on #MARCHFORMAROON.

“In these challenging times we are delighted to be putting on an event like this with all four Galway teams involved including hurling, football, camogie and ladies football. They need your support in these difficult times. We hope all our supporters will join us from every part of the globe be it Ahascragh or Australia. We are also delighted to be supporting two great charities who both do so much for so many every day,” said Pat Kearney, Chairman, Galway GAA.

“Cancer Care West are delighted to be involved in the ‘March for Maroon’ fundraising campaign. Our charity has had a very successful partnership with Galway GAA in the past and we are look forward to working with their members on this event. Our charity does not charge for any of our services and the pandemic has had a very detrimental affect on our fundraising revenue. Events such as ‘March for Maroon’ enable us to continue to provide vital supports to cancer patients and their families in the West,” said Richard Flaherty, CEO, Cancer Care West.

Sean Greene, Search Co-ordinator with the Oranmore-Maree Coastal Search Unit said “we are delighted and grateful to Galway GAA for choosing Oranmore-Maree Coastal Search Unit as one of their charity partners for ‘March for Maroon.’ We as an organisation bring hope to families at times of crises and there is no doubt that during these unprecedented times we are looking to the GAA to provide a distraction and hope for so many people.”

Galway GAA is asking everybody who takes part to adhere to the current government guidelines.

For further information please contact Mark Gottsche on 085 2562422

or Paul Byrnes Media on 087 2500051.

EDUCATION AWARD - Michael McMahon (AIT and Clare/Galway)

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Mike has been involved in AIT GAA since joining the staff as a lecturer in Civil Engineering in the early 90s. He has been a driving force in the hurling club ever since. 

Mike was involved with Comhairle Ardoideachais  for a long number of years, serving in a number of roles most notably as Rúnaí. His dedication was unwavering and he put in countless hours, above and beyond what most would deem necessary. 

He has been a driver of competition for the 'weaker' colleges, notably the Corn Pádraig MacDiarmada. Mike no longer serves on CA having finished up at the 2019 AGM but left a great legacy through his devotion to the role and to Gaelic games in this sector. 

A native of Kilfenora in the Burren, Mike is heavily involved in Clarinbridge GAA Club and Galway GAA and a great role model for his selflessness and commitment

Covid Update

A chara,

As you will be aware by now, the Irish Government published their “Covid 19: Resilience and Recovery 2021” plan. There is no immediate change for sport outlined in the plan and as per our last communication to you, it is clear that no on-field activity will be permitted - even at inter county level – until Easter at the earliest.

We will be seeking clarity on certain aspects of the provisions on sport in the new Government document and while the document does envisage the return of inter-county games at Level 4 and of some club games in Level 3, it remains impossible to plan a revised Master Fixtures calendar for 2021, as there is no indication at this point of when these Levels may kick in. The exercise is further complicated by the need to align our plans with whatever is permitted by the NI Executive for Counties and clubs in that jurisdiction.

In the interim, and despite any speculation you may read or hear to the contrary, we would again reiterate that the GAA have not decided on what competitions may or may not be facilitated in any revised national fixture programme for 2021. Such decisions will be a factor of how much time is ultimately available to us, both for an inter county season and for the broader participation levels that will be necessary for a meaningful club season at both adult and underage levels. 

The next signpost on the road for society is likely to come in the week leading up to Easter. We will again communicate directly with Counties and Clubs at that point and once Government make clear whether they see any further relaxing of restrictions (for example allowing inter-county training or games) being permitted.

We also want to assure you that we will publish a revised National Fixtures calendar at the earliest possible opportunity.

We thank you again for your patience and understanding of a very trying situation and we look forward with optimism to the resumption of GAA activities at all levels later in the year.

Is muidne,

Sean Ó hÓraín                                                 Tomás Ó Riain

UACHTARÁN                                                    ARD STIÚRTHÓIR

 

GAA Annual Congress on Saturday ratified new penalties for aggressive and cynical fouls in hurling and football on a trial basis for a year.

61 per cent of delegates voted in favour of the three deterrents that were included in Motion 20.

In hurling, if a player with a goal-scoring opportunity either inside the 20-metre line or the semi-circular arc that extends from the 20 metre line is pulled down, tripped, or struck with a hurley in a careless manner then a penalty shall be awarded and the offender will be yellow-carded and sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

If the foul committed is a second caution or one that merits a red-card then the offender is ordered off for the remainder of the game including any extra-time to be played.

Similarly, in football, if a cynical foul is committed on an attacking player with a goal-scoring opportunity inside the 20-metre line or the semi-circular arc, then a penalty will be awarded to the team affected.

Motion 20 was one of eight motions from the Standing Committee on Playing Rules that were voted through by Annual Congress.

See below details on the other seven that were passed.

Motion 21: This motion deals with the advantage rule and is somewhat related to Motion 20. If an aggressive foul is committed then the referee can allow play to continue if he believes the attacking team have a potential goal-scoring opportunity. This period of advantage can last for up to five seconds. If it becomes clear after five seconds that no advantage has accrued, then he can award a free. That would naturally mean a penalty would be awarded if the foul occurred inside the 20-metre line or semi-circular arc.

Motion 22: This motion dealt with misconduct by team officials and has defined what the categories of misconduct are and introduced a scale of sanctions that includes match suspensions rather than time suspensions. The implementation date is for the 2021 All-Ireland Championships in both codes and all grades and then for other competitions it will come into effect in 2022.

Motion 23: This motion relates to Motion 22 and dealt with unauthorised incursions onto the field of play. Now no-one will be able to come on to the field of play except a medic summoned by the referee. The sanction for an unauthorised incursion will be a yellow-card. A repeat offence on the day would incur a second yellow-card followed by a red-card which would bar the offender from the pitch enclosure for the remainder of the game including any extra-time. If an individual is ordered off the pitch for a third time, then they will incur a one-match suspension. This motion will only come into effect after the cessation of the current Covid-19 protocols.

Motion 24: The passing of this motion has extended the scope of the rule dealing with abuse of a racist, sectarian, or anti-inclusion nature against an opponent to also include such abuse against a match official.

Motion 25: Teams can now validly start and finish a match with 13 players. Previously if they started a match with 13 they were required to have a full complement of 15 by the start of the second half.

Motion 26: It was already a foul in football and hurling to attempt to distract a free-taker by waving your arms or Hurley, shouting at them, or jumping up and down. The passing of this motion has extended the rule to include attempting to distract someone in similar fashion while they are taking a puck-out/kick-out or side line puck/kick.

Motion 27: The passing of this motion means teams can now make a temporary substitution of a player with a suspected head injury.

A proposal to split the GAA season between inter-county and club was ratified

 There was no opposition to Motion 12 which stipulated that the All-Ireland Inter-County Senior Finals will from 2022 be played on or before the 29th Sunday of the year.

The exception would be where the first Sunday falls on January 1st, in which case the finals would be played on or before the 30th Sunday of the Year. In 2021, for example, the 29th Sunday of the year falls on July 18th.

The successful motion has also given Central Council the power to make other arrangements “in exceptional circumstances.”

So, for example, restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic might make it impossible to play the All-Ireland Football Final by the 29th Sunday of the Year, in which case alternative arrangements would have to be made.

Motion 13 was passed that proposes restricting county senior championships to a maximum of 16 teams to help streamline the club season and make it easier to deliver a practical fixtures schedule.

 Motion 12 : There was no opposition to Motion 12 which stipulated that the All-Ireland Inter-County Senior Finals will from 2022 be played on or before the 29th Sunday of the year.

The exception would be where the first Sunday falls on January 1st, in which case the finals would be played on or before the 30th Sunday of the Year. In 2021, for example, the 29th Sunday of the year falls on July 18th.

The successful motion has also given Central Council the power to make other arrangements “in exceptional circumstances.”

So, for example, restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic might make it impossible to play the All-Ireland Football Final by the 29th Sunday of the Year, in which case alternative arrangements would have to be made.

Daithi Burke web 2021

Daithi Burke picked up his 5th PwC GPA All -Star Hurling award this evening adding to his awards in 2015,16,17 and 1918

The team in full is with :  previous Awards in brackets

1. Nicky Quaid (Limerick)

2. Seán Finn (Limerick) (2018, 2019)

3. Dan Morrissey (Limerick) (2018)

4. Daithí Burke (Galway) (2015, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)

6. Tadhg de Búrca (Waterford) (2015)

7. Kyle Hayes (Limerick)

8. Jamie Barron (Waterford) (2016, ‘17)

9. Tony Kelly (Clare) (2013)

10. Gearóid Hegarty (Limerick)

11. Cian Lynch (Limerick) (2018)

12. Tom Morrissey (Limerick)

13. Aaron Gillane (Limerick) (2019)

14. TJ Reid (Kilkenny) (2012, ‘14, ‘15, ‘19)

15. Stephen Bennett (Waterford)

 

 

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