March 19th, 2021

A Chairde,

 

I hope all are keeping well. Below is this week’s update along with an update from the Kildare GAA Hurling Sub Committee Chairman Colm Nolan.

    The CCC are currently seeking amalgamation requests from Clubs. Closing date for submission is 6pm on Thursday next.
  • The Kildare Minor and Under 20 Hurling Training Squads on Saturday 27th March are embarking on a 12-hour virtual runfrom Mizen to Malin Head and back to the home of Kildare GAA in St Conleth’s Park Newbridge.  The monies raised from this 840km virtual run will be shared between Barretstown Children’s Charity and the training budget for both squads.  A Go Fund Me page has been established for all personal and corporate donations. We appreciate your assistance. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mizen-to-malin-to-newbridge-minor-u20-hurlers
  • Kildare GAA Coaching and Games are seeking applications for coaching rolesin hurling & football for this year’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Kellogg’s Cúl Camps will be held throughout the county during the months of July & August. Requirements: All applicants must be over the age of 18 years & have proven experience in a GAA coaching role. To request an application email: david.murphy.gda.kildare@gaa.ie
  • In support of the new National GAA “Be Ready to Play” program, Kildare GAA will be hosting a fortnightly webinar series for youth coaches commencing on Wednesday 24thMarch at 8pm. This webinar series will provide youth coaches guidance and support to maximise the implementation of the “Be Ready to Play” program with their team. Please click on link to register:https://forms.office.com/r/ZtBXLuA8ju
  • Laochra Gael returns with six more legends who performed heroics on the field and who each have a unique and extraordinary story to tell. The Laochra Gael season returns on TG4 at 9:30pmon Thursday evenings starting 25th Programme 1:  Eoin Larkin, 9.30pm; Thursday 25th March, Programme 2:  Pete McGrath, 9.30pm, Thursday 1st April; Programme 3:  Briege Corkery, 9.30pm, Thursday 8th April; Programme 4:  Bernard Flynn,  9.30pm, Thursday 15th April; Programme 5:  Seán Cavanagh, 9.30pm, Thursday 22nd April; Programme 6:  Liam Griffin, 9.30pm, Thursday 29th April
  • As part of our return to play KildareGAA and our “From The Shoulders Up” campaign with Kildare Sports Partnership we will sharing tips to keep well over the next couple of months to all in our Kildare community.
  • The Kildare GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee will host an on-line cookery class on Thursday 25th March from 5-6pm. Spaghetti Bolognese is the chosen recipe. Please register your attendance by clicking on the below link https://forms.gle/pACxXGKUjJQE4bcz6
  • The results after the second week of the Joe Mallon Motors “MallonMovement” Challengewere released this morning. Clane are currently top of the leaderboard with Cappagh and Moorefield in 2nd and 3rd Keep up clocking up those steps!!!
Kildare GAA Hurling Committee

2020 Hurling Action Plan Review

While activity on the field has been limited over the past year, the Kildare Hurling Committee have been working away in the background. At the end of 2020 they completed and presented to the County Management Committee, a comprehensive mid-term review of the Hurling Action plan which had been undertaken with each club.
The review focussed on the key area of participation and led to a series of recommendations presented to the Kildare Management Committee at the end for their implementation. It has also informed some key actions to be undertaken by the Hurling Committee in 2021. Thank you to all who participated in the review.

Camán Chill Dara Awards 
We will shortly be launching our Camán Chill Dara Hurling Awards Scheme. This is a 3-year programme designed to recognise annually the achievement of clubs in developing and promoting hurling in Kildare.

Club Competitions  We’re looking forward to action recommencing on the field with both our club and county teams. 2021 will be a true festival of hurling with the 2020 and 2021 Club championships in all grades to be completed. We look forward to the CCC releasing their plan for Kildare GAA as soon as the national programme issues from Croke Park.

Poc Fada – Future actions hoped for year include the hosting of our Junior & Senior poc fada competitions (individual and teams) which ran so successfully in 2019. We hope to be able to announce a date for this soon.

Camán let’s Hurl – To help us all get back into action we’re seeking to develop a social hurling blueprint to be rolled out across the County. It’ll be an opportunity for any “armchair hurlers” to show what they can still do while getting some light exercise and having some craic. If this is of interest to your club please contact Colm Nolan at colm@waypoint.ie

County Teams
Although locked down, our County teams have still been very busy. Each of our management groups at Minor, U20 and Senior have been working remotely providing the necessary advice and support to our players helping them to prepare for the intercounty season ahead.
We’re looking forward now to the recommencement of collective training shortly and hope we will soon be able to welcome any supporters who wish to follow the teams and their preparations this year.

Mile buíochas to all the members of the Hurling Committee for their continued hard work and we look forward to a safe and successful season ahead when we can all return to the game we love so much. In the meantime please mind yourself and each other. Go dté sibh slán.

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