County Club News

2017 Western Canada Officers

posted 30 Jan 2017, 18:24 by Canada GAA

Chairperson – Jimmy Doyle (Calgary Chieftains)

Secretary – Denis Ryan (Fraser Valley Gaels)

Treasurer – Kimberly Budd (Edmonton Wolfetones)

PRO – Sharon Whelton (Calgary Chieftains)

Youth Development Officer – Patrick Mansfield (Calgary Na Fianna) –

Toronto GAA 2017 Committee

posted 29 Jan 2017, 21:52 by Canada GAA

Toronto Gaelic Athletic Association Elected Committee 2017







Sean Egan

St. Vincent’s


Vice Chairperson

Eddie Moley

Durham Robert Emmets


Tracey Lyng

Durham Robert Emmets

Recording Secretary

Danny Kirby

Na Piarsaigh Hurling Club


Peter Byrne


Committee Member 1 Registrar (Appointed)

Padhraic Shelvin


Committee Member 2

Andrea Ignas

Toronto Camogie Club

Committee Member 3

Evan Ryan

Clann NaGael Hurling Club


CGAA Annual Convention - February 5th

posted 19 Jan 2017, 20:01 by Canada GAA

The CGAA Annual Convention will be held on February 5th 2017 at the Ajax Convention Centre, 550 Beck Crescent, Ajax, Ontario. 

A mass of memory for the late Danny Murphy RIP  will take place at 5pm on Saturday February 4th at the Joan of Arc Church 1701 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario.

Vacation Package Contest

posted 19 Jan 2017, 19:56 by Canada GAA

The St. Patrick’s Parade Society in Toronto is entering its 30th year, and to help celebrate the Society is offering a vacation package for two lucky people which includes two Airline Tickets flying directly from Dublin to Toronto, six nights’ accommodation at the Sheraton Hotel, two Tickets to the Parade Societies Grand Marshall's Ball being held on Friday March 17th, a full Irish Breakfast at Quinn’s Steakhouse on Sunday March 18th, and a complimentary chauffeured driven vehicle along the Parade Route.

Shaun Ruddy Chairperson of the Society had this to say, “We want to create and help grow awareness for the Parade in Toronto, giving back is a core component of the Society’s identity, our local community has been with us every step of the way.

In recent years new arrivals from Ireland have settled in all parts of Canada, now two lucky people (parents or siblings) will have an opportunity to join their family members in Toronto with all expenses paid, and participate in one of the largest St. Patrick’s day Parades in the world.

To enter the competition visit

Global Games Development Fund 2017 - Applications Now CLOSED

posted 17 Nov 2016, 07:54 by Canada GAA   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 21:38 ]

A sum of approximately €225,000 has been approved for the Global Games Development Fund in 2017 by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the GAA. 

Subject to applications received, it has been proposed to fund one or more projects to the sum of €28,000 in Canada.

The completed Application Form is to be submitted via email to the CGAA Secretary -- and Caoimhe Ní Néill -- by Friday, 30th December.

Etihad Airways GAA World Games 2016

posted 21 Aug 2016, 12:28 by Canada GAA   [ updated 21 Aug 2016, 12:31 ]

Many of the Canadian players who have never been to Ireland and to Croke Park on game-day, very much understood the significance of the venue when they finally got there. What an honour and what an opportunity it was for all from Canada to be at the Etihad Airways GAA World Games.

The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada (the world’s second largest country), 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 eight provinces (five time zones and 9,306 km of extreme width distance) of the Maple Leaf County are 14 communities of affiliated GAA clubs with over 1000 playing participants. A CGAA committee that consists of five elected members from the West to the East of Canada helps to bring a broader perspective to deliberations in the administering of the Games. Our annual convention relies on technology to allow for voting delegates to participate.

 The Western Divisional Board (2004) consisting of British Columbia’s Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club and Fraser Valley Gaels; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones; and Saskatchewan’s Regina Gaels (Mens).  From this Division two Ex-Pat teams of men’s and ladies football  represented Canada with players from the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Toronto Divisional Board (1947) consisting of Ontario’s Toronto Na Piarsaigh CLG, Clann na nGael Hurling, St. Mikes, St. Pats, St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club, Roger Casements (Ladies); Durham Robert Emmets. From this Division one Ex-Pat Camogie team represented Canada.

The Eastern Divisional Board (2014) consisting of Ontario’s Ottawa Gaels; Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks and University of Concordia Warriors; Quebec City Les Patriotes and Hurling Quebec; Nova Scotia’s Halifax Gaels, Prince Edward Island Celts and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps. From this Division two All Canadian teams represented Canada with players from Ontario and Quebec.

 Tying in with the next generations’ involvement, the Canadian ladies football team featured a player, 24-year-old Lisa Wright that came up through the youth ranks. The GAA schools program started in 2000 in Ottawa Catholic schools meant that Gaelic football was offered as part of her student curriculum.

 Youth Organizations within the CGAA include Vancouver ISSC, Calgary Na Fianna, Calgary Og, Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels, Eire Og Ottawa Hurling, Montreal Shamrocks and PEI Celts.

 Ensuring connections and overcoming divides do not happen on their own. The planning, logistics and dedication that overcomes challenges is what has helped grow the GAA in Canada.  A determination by Irish immigrants who have arrived in numerous provinces, their dedication to the ideals of our Association have ensured that barriers are lessened and Canadians, who may not have been aware of our games previously, can participate with enjoyment.  

Wearing of Mouthguards

posted 25 May 2016, 17:07 by Canada GAA

It has been brought to our attention that players are participating in games without wearing mouth guards. Therefore, effective immediately: A player who refuses to comply with the referee's instruction to use a mouthguard shall be Cautioned (Yellow Card) and ordered off (Red Card) should the offender persist in refusing.

Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and, at Adult level from January 1st 2014.

The reasons for wearing a mouthguard during sporting activities is obvious, to protect the teeth from fracture and the accompanying expensive repair work.

The main function of a mouthguard is to dissipate the impact of a collision around your mouth rather than on one tooth.

There are several kinds of mouthguards available. Mouth Adapted “boil and bite” mouthguards, these can be purchased in most sports stores, although they are preferable to not wearing a mouthguard at all, they do not effectively adapt to the shape of your mouth and jaw bone.

A custom made mouthguard is the best form of protection from dental trauma, an impression (mould) is taken of your mouth, not just your teeth but also your jaw bone (maxilla). The mouth guard is then made in a lab to fit your teeth and jaw bone exactly. This type of mouth guard covers much more surface area and so can take more forces and dissipate those forces around your mouth more effectively than the other mouthguards you can buy in the sports stores.

A player who refuses to comply with the referee's instruction to use a mouthguard shall be Cautioned (Yellow Card) and ordered off (Red Card) should the offender persist in refusing.

CGAA Funding Application Request Form and Funding Policies

posted 26 Apr 2016, 20:58 by Canada GAA   [ updated 26 Apr 2016, 21:07 ]

 Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association HEREIN AFTER referred to as the CGAA Agreement Between

 Division or Club Name: __________________________________________________ HEREIN AFTER referred to as “The Division or Club” 

 CGAA Funding Application Request Form 

 Administered by the CGAA Committee




The Division or Clubs most recent annual financial statement must accompany the Funding Application.


Funding Applications shall be forwarded by email to the CGAA Committee at:


Funding Applications will only be considered when submitted to the CGAA on the Funding Application form template provided by the CGAA.  If you are completing the Funding Application by hand, please print clearly.


1.     Project Name



Example: Choose a name for the project such as “Indoor Gaelic Football Clinic” 



2.     Project Contact (person to contact regarding project details/results)






Club Position/Title







Contact Number




Email Address




3.     Division Club Treasurer (if different from project contact)









Contact Number




Email Address



Note: The Division or Club Treasurer will “Steward Funds” to ensure that Funded Projects meet the objectives and criteria established, and will further ensure that all project expenses and reporting is completed and forwarded to the CGAA in a timely manner and or, on the demand of the CGAA.



4.     Other Project Partners or Sponsors






Contact Number



























5.     Project should include at least one of the following the following criteria, please check the box for all those that apply to your Project.


o Bridge the gap between existing GAA Youth Development programs and Senior GAA games competition. Example; collaborate with other GAA Clubs to strategize and develop ‘junior’ programs/leagues to engage senior youth, and help prepare them for higher level Gaelic Games competition.


o Increase access to Gaelic Games competition by addressing service gaps & barriers to participation with an emphasis on youth and senior youth (15 to 24 year age group).  Example; develop outreach programs via community partners such as High Schools, Colleges and Universities to promote & bring awareness to Gaelic Games.


o Encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism & GAA community connectedness and engagement for Irish senior communities and/or Canadian youth.  Example; develop intergenerational programs, draw on Irish seniors’ wisdom & life experiences to help build, further develop & promote Gaelic Games.


o Advance Gaelic Games participation for children & youth reflective of the GAA community and, broader Irish community.  Example; collaborate with other Irish groups to market your Youth Development program.


o Promote & bring awareness of Gaelic Games to a broader audience outside of the GAA community and, broader Irish community.  Example; develop a partnership with a local school to increase participation & Club membership.


o Build & strengthen GAA sport volunteerism & leadership through skills development & training.  Example; develop a capacity development plan to meet your Club’s growing needs for sustainability & success.


o Establish new GAA programs for children, youth & senior youth.  Example; promote partnerships & recruitment drives across community agencies to expose youth to an alternative sport’s activity & influence Gaelic Games opportunity.




6.     Project Description:


a)   Give a brief summary of the project (approximately 100-150 words).


















b)     Briefly explain how the project will enhance or improve your GAA club and the lives of GAA members in Canada.


















c)     If applicable, briefly explain the project partner/sponsor role in the development and/or implementation of the project.


















7.     Project Plan:


Provide a step-by-step plan indicating each of the steps in order; specify who will be responsible for each task and provide an estimated time line.







Date Completed

Reserve Monarch Park Arena


John Doe

Feburary 6th 2016



















































Total amount of funding requested from the CGAA for the Project:






8.     Project Plan:


How much money will you require to carry out your Project? Include a detailed budget showing the total costs of the Project and any funds that may come from other sources in addition to the funds you are requesting from the CGAA. Your total expenses must be related to the activities of the Project.  







Revenue Source




Indoor Facility Rental








Promotional Material




Blarney Stone Pub




Goal Posts




Sherway Management




Bibs (100 x $300

Sliotars (50 x $10)





Allied Irish Bank












Total Expenditures








Note: The Project Budget must balance; the expenditures cannot exceed the revenue, and, any funding unspent or that is not used for the purposes of the agreed project, must be refunded to the CGAA.


9.     Project Evaluation Plan:


Who is the target population for your Project e.g. children, youth, schools, other members of the community, (approximately 100 to 150 words).


















Please complete the following table (Expected Outcomes, Indicators and Measurements for your Project)


Outcomes:  What changes do you expect to see in your target population or within your club as a result of your project?

Indicators:  What information will you use to indicate whether you have achieved your outcomes and goals?

Measurements:  How will you collect the information that you need to demonstrate that the indicators have been achieved by your Club?

Example:  Increased numbers participating in Gaelic Games at School & Club levels.


Example:  Success of the project, number of participants, feedback from sponsors & parents.


Example:  By confirming the number of youth registrants on the GAA Servasport on-line registration system (mandatory).








































Signature of Lead Contact Person (page 1)














If you have any questions please contact the CGAA Youth Development Officer, Paula Macfarlane by email at or by phone 613-867-9959

CGAA Funding Policies



·         Applications will be accepted from any active Divisional Committee or Club.


·         Divisional Committee and/or Club applications that address a clearly defined GAA community service gap or issue and reach those with the greatest need for programs.  Funds may be provided for projects that enhance an existing program or for new Divisional and/or Club projects.

·         Priority will be given to projects that effectively address some of the key areas identified in the CGAA objectives as needing continued focus such as children, youth & senior youth development, leadership, volunteerism, Divisional, Club and community involvement.

·         More than one funding application may be submitted in a calendar year.

·         Each project requires a separate and distinct application.


·         Deadline dates and times are listed on the cover page of the application.

·        It is the applicant’s responsibility to adhere to application instructions; including deadline dates and times.

·        Applicants are urged to submit their application well in advance of the posted deadline.

·        The CGAA will NOT accept submissions of incomplete or otherwise delayed applications after the published deadline.


·         All applications and the information provided therein is vetted and confirmed by the CGAA Committee subject to the criteria established by the CGAA, which includes, but is not limited to:

    • the applicant’s financial status,
    • the application content
    • the full completion of the application
    • disclosure of information collected in the funding application will be at the discretion of the CGAA committee.
    • prior to any announcement or the distribution of funds, successful applicants, by way of their project contact, will be notified firstly by telephone and subsequently by email prior to a posting of the applicants name and the amount of funds distributed to the applicant on the CGAA website

DETERMINATION:         Determination for funding eligibility, and amounts paid is at the sole discretion of the CGAA Committee.  

LGFA Permit Insurance 2016

posted 12 Apr 2016, 17:12 by Canada GAA

Permit Insurance 2016


LGFA Players who are travelling to the U.S.A. or Canada for the summer MUST be registered club members in order to receive a Permit to allow them play on a temporary basis with clubs in these areas.  As per Official Guide Rule 111 it is compulsory for all players to obtain appropriate insurance cover before a permit to the U.S.A. or Canada can be granted. 

Players can download a J1 or Non J1 Permit Form on LGFA website link below:  Permits will not be granted after 1st July.


The GAA has a scheme in place which provides adequate cover of which the LGFA can avail.  Permits will NOT be processed unless insurance has been purchased. (Note Persons who take out other Insurance such as J1 Visa providers travel cover need to ensure that cover is provided for injuries sustained whilst playing GAA Ladies Football.  This is not an automatic cover on most Travel covers and the ladies will need to declare they will be playing GAA as part of a team and they may have to pay an additional premium

They must provide details of their Insurance to LGFA with their permit before approval can be granted).


The following are the steps which a players needs to take to purchase the required insurance:

1.    Go to the following link -

2.    Choose 'Worldwide' cover 'Up to 6 months'.

3.    Members of Clubs in the 32 Counties of Ireland can purchase the insurance, please ignore the reference to the Six Counties, which states ‘excluding Northern Ireland’.

4.    Choose the most accurate number of days that you will be staying in North

America/New York/Canada – note clubs cannot play players if their insurance has expired.

5.    Please purchase the 'Standard' cover available as this is the only option acceptable

for permits.

6.    Please read and accept the terms and conditions of the policy and apply for the cover.

7.    Fill in all the required fields in order to obtain your documentation.

8.    Once purchased, the confirmation letter should be submitted along with the Official   

Permit Form to your County Secretary who will submit to LGFA.
     9. Permits will be approved from 1st May 2016 up to and including 1st July 2016 and                             once approved, all Permits will appear on LGFA website


More Information

If you have any queries on the insurance, please contact ACE Travel Insurance on

1800 200 035 or if calling from outside Ireland +353 (0)1 440 1765 and email and use the GAA Travel Sanctions cover as your reference.  If you have queries on your permit please contact me Aislinn Harkin on or by phoning 01 8363156.


LGFA, Croke Park, Dublin 3 Phone : 01 8363156 Fax : 01 8363111

Keep up to date with all Ladies Gaelic action and information by visiting our website

CGAA Change to Policy or Structure

posted 6 Apr 2016, 11:33 by Canada GAA

Change to Policy or Structure.
When  consideration is been given to making a major change in policy or structure the  committee in charge is obligated to act in a prudent manner  in assessing and advising its affiliated Clubs and Club members about the potential change to policy or structure, and, in taking the Clubs and Club members into consideration the committee in charge would not be  liable for those major decisions to change policy or structure that may turn out to adversely impact the affiliated Clubs and Club members, in other words if the major change turns out to be less than favorable the committee in charge  could not be held to account by the affiliated Clubs and Club members.

Clubs have the Power (Páraic Duffy, Director General, GAA)
In a statement published subsequent to an interview on Newstalk's Off the Ball on November 11th 2015, GAA Director General Páraic Duffy was quoted as saying that Clubs ultimately decide if there is to be major changes to GAA policy or structure,  Clubs can make decisions, and, Clubs can come to the County Committee and say we want to see proposed changes to policy and structure implemented.

The Process of Change to Policy or Structure by a Divisional Committee
The structure of the GAA in Canada consists of a County committee, three (3) Divisional committees; and twenty one (21) affiliated  Clubs. Divisional committees are Sub committees of the CGAA and decisions proposed by such Sub committees are subject to Rule 3.20, page 30, of the 2016 official Guide, “Except  where plenary powers or functions have been specifically delegated to a Sub-Committee, all decisions of any Sub-Committee shall be submitted for approval of the County Committee prior to implementation”

1.     If a Divisional committee proposes major changes to policy or structure, a detailed draft proposal and discussion paper must be submitted by the Divisional committee to the CGAA for review and approval.  

2.     When the proposal and discussion paper have been reviewed and approved by the CGAA, the CGAA will advise the Divisional committee to submit (verbatim) a copy of the proposed change to policy or structure along with the discussion paper to the affiliated  Club secretaries.

3.     The Divisional committee will advise the Club committees to call a Special General Meeting of their members, (Rule 8.7,  of the Club Constitution, page 173 of the 2016 Official Guide) providing ten days clear notice in writing, specifying that the purpose  of the meeting is to debate and decide on the proposed change to policy or structure. No other business should be discussed at this Special General Meeting.

4.     Decisions reached by Club members with respect to the proposed change to policy or structure requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66% of all Club members present and eligible to vote, and, the vote shall be conducted by closed ballot unless  otherwise decided by the Club members present.

5.     The next step is to have the Divisional committee call a meeting of Club Delegates; each Club is entitled to have two delegates represent the Club at Delegates meeting.

6.     At the Meeting of Delegates each Club is entitled to two votes, provided they have two delegates present, and decisions reached at meetings of Club delegates requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66%  of all Club Delegates present and eligible  to vote, and, the vote should be conducted by closed ballot unless otherwise decided by the Club delegates present .

7.     The Divisional committee will advise the CGAA of the decision reached at the meeting of Club delegates.

8.     The County Committee will approve (where found appropriate) the decision of the Club delegates prior to implementation of the proposed change to policy or structure.

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