IN 2009, the GAA moved to put an end to pitch invasions by supporters. The perceived wisdom at the time was that for Gaelic sports to be internationalised, they must mirror etiquette displayed by other international sports and pitch invasions were too primal for airing on a global stage. Of course it was also at a time when health and safety had gone mad. I'd never heard of anyone being injured running onto a pitch to congratulate or commiserate their friends in all my early years, that is, until 2010. When the final whistle blew on March 17 and Crossmaglen Rangers won their fifth All-Ireland Club title, the customary pitch invasion began. The first person to enter the pitch was man-handled in a way befitting of a black card offence. As he fell to the floor, the squeals of pain could be heard over the roaring crowd. No-one else was prevented from entering the pitch on that day after that event. We later found out he broke his leg in the collision, which was ironic given the stewards … [Read more...] about John McEntee: Can GAA keep a lid on emotions?
Sinn Fein has lambasted a new Craigavon play pitch strategy saying it ‘fails to reflect the needs of the entire community’. Cllr Catherine Nelson, Chair of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council’s Leisure Services Committee, said the latest strategy report on play pitches doesn’t reflect the needs of the entire Craigavon community. She said: “This report was commissioned to identify need following requests from our party, on behalf of the GAA community, for greater GAA provision in the Craigavon area. Our public spaces must be reflective of our entire population. The final recommendations fail to reflect the need clearly identified in the exercise. The GAA is the largest sporting organisation in our Borough yet in the Craigavon area ABC council provides 25 pitches for soccer and zero for GAA. The one pitch cited in the report as council-owned and suitable for GAA is located in Portadown, in a public park and open for use to a number of other sports. … [Read more...] about SF bid for more GAA pitches
Tom Kelly: Why GAA should stay out of the debate about a united Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk All my life, I have supported the GAA; in my old school, the Abbey, the University of Ulster and, of course, my local club, St John Bosco GAC. In the latter, I was a club administrator, chairman and once even Clubman of the Year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/tom-kelly-why-gaa-should-stay-out-of-the-debate-about-a-united-ireland-37890809.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article37890808.ece/30228/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-08_opi_48571687_I2.JPG Email All my life, I have supported the GAA; in my old school, the Abbey, the University of Ulster and, of course, my local club, St John Bosco GAC. In the latter, I was a club administrator, chairman and once even Clubman of the Year. I also participated regularly in the Scor and attended cultural and Irish Language events sponsored by the association. Down and Bosco flags remain folded away … [Read more...] about Tom Kelly: Why GAA should stay out of the debate about a united Ireland
Pupils at the school have been using the synthetic 3G SISTurf rugby pitch for the first time. The new facility, which was designed, manufactured, constructed and installed by SIS Pitches, will give all-year round access to training for over 500 pupils across the school’s 35 rugby teams, helping the development of the next generation of sporting stars. Recognised nationally as an institution for sporting excellence, Warwick School is known for its consistently high level of sporting achievement.More than half of the school’s rugby teams are ranked in the top-10 in the country, with the U18 team holding the national rugby title at U18 level, having previously won the same championship in 2007, 2017 and 2018, and finishing runners-up in 2014.Last year, SIS Pitches custom-made over half a million square metres of exceptional synthetic grass for schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and local authorities in the UK and around the world. The company is the UK’s … [Read more...] about Budding rugby stars at Warwick School loving new all-weather pitches
COMBINE the magic of Christmas with the magic of GAA to make your child's dreams come true this festive season. The GAA Museum in Croke Park is the venue for a new Elves in Training Santa Experience, where only the fittest, strongest and healthiest of all elves are trained. Your family will wander through a behind-the-scenes candy cane trail, catching glimpses along the way of how the Elves get fit and ready for the season ahead and their big day, which isn’t All Ireland Final day, for once. You’ll roam through a snow tunnel and the North Pole team’s changing room. While you’re there make sure you listen for banter in the shower room to see who’s made it the naughty or nice list. One of the highlights of the magical trail is a visit to Santa’s Bainisteoir’s office, the heart of all the action, where Santa reviews tactics and selects his dream team for the big journey on Christmas Eve. After this meet and greet with Santa, where every child will … [Read more...] about Festive fun at the home of GAA with Croke Park’s Elves in Training Santa Experience