Third Level GAA is best left wait until next season

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So the Third Level GAA Championships are cancelled for the 2020/21 academic year. The flagship Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup and their lower level equivalents should be just about underway about now in their regular slot in the opening two months of the year …” (more)

[Jerome O’Connell, Limerick Leader, 15 January]

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Hundreds of RCSI medical students to use Croke Park as new satellite campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of medical students are to use Croke Park as a make-shift college campus over the coming academic year to allow them to learn while social distancing. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has signed a deal with GAA headquarters to allow 650 students will use event spaces and restaurants over a six-day week …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 July]

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College fees, paid work experience, career mentoring: the new face of GAA sponsorship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Colleges fees paid for players, paid work experience and career mentoring: welcome to the new frontier of club sponsorship in the GAA. Traditionally, a company’s involvement with their local club might have amounted to funding a set of tracksuits or some money. But Dalkey-based Cuala in Dublin has entered into a new era of a ‘partnership’ with the American biotech firm Amgen which involves education and employment opportunities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 June]

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November best window for third-level – McGill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A November window to play the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups may be the only solution to avoid the deepening county v college conflict that has surfaced again this year, the GAA’s head of games administration and player welfare Fergal McGill has suggested …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 14 February]

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Third-level rows bringing GAA into disrepute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Another third-level season, another row over player eligibility. Queen’s University is at the centre of the latest controversy, having had three players suspended on the basis that they weren’t eligible to play in the Sigerson Cup …” (more)

[Independent, 10 February]

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Colleges’ failure to clarify eligibility issue puts fine tradition at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Even now, well into their second century, the GAA’s third-level education competitions continue to occupy a sort of demi monde as far as the Gaelic games community outside the halls of academia is concerned …” (more)

[Seán Moran, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Defender George won’t face DCU as he risks ban

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Dublin Institute of Technology have been told Ballymun Kickhams player Seán George could face a lengthy suspension if he plays against holders Dublin City University in this afternoon’s Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup semi-final at Athlone IT …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 February]

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Third-level body insists DCU was not targeted in eligibility ruling

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2013 by steve

“The secretary of Comhairle Ard Oideachais, the body that oversees third-level GAA, has reiterated that no individual colleges or universities are being targeted by regulations brought in two years ago which have precluded Cork’s Aidan Walsh from playing with DCU …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 8 February]

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Walsh facing race against time in fight to play for DCU

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“Aidan Walsh’s appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) to be allowed play for Dublin City University (DCU) this season is expected to be heard in the coming days …” (more)

[Cliona Foley, Independent, 15 January]

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McAnallen’s fascinating colleges history

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2012 by steve

“Donal McAnallen, brother of the late Cormac from Tyrone, has set a new standard for GAA history books with his 100-year history of the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup competitions, which was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny …” (more)

[Independent, 31 December]

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Fascinating account of GAA’s evolution in groves of academe

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“The irony surrounding the GAA’s most prestigious higher education competitions, the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups, is that as they become less elitist and more inclusive, the controversy attaching to them and their place in Gaelic games has intensified …” (more)

[Seán Moran, Irish Times, 12 December]


Walsh’s DCU appeal fails to make the grade

Posted in Life on December 9th, 2012 by steve

“Cork dual star Aidan Walsh will play no part in either the 2013 Sigerson or Fitzgibbon Cups after his appeal to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) was rejected. The GAA’s Higher Education Board ruling in October prevents players who have studied six years or taken more than two college courses from playing football or hurling at third level …” (more)

[Damian Lawlor, Independent, 9 December]

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Students take on ruling class

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2012 by steve

“A controversial new GAA rule on player eligibility for the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups is already under intense scrutiny. Several leading colleges fear their aspirations will be hit by the directive which was drafted just two months ago by the Association’s higher education body, Comhairle Ardoideachais …” (more)

[Independent, 2 December]

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GAA to build hurling and camogie centre at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2012 by steve

“GAA president Christy Cooney has unveiled plans for a GAA national hurling and camogie development centre at Waterford Institute of Technology, saying it will prove a major benefit in helping the expansion and promotion of hurling and camogie …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 March]

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Sporting a university ambition

Posted in Life on June 24th, 2011 by steve

“The former Harvard University President, Derek Bok, commented in his book Universities in the Marketplace that the creeping commercialisation of higher education that he so disliked began with the development of sports in universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 June]

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GAA – DCU claim O’Connor Cup again

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2011 by steve

“Dublin City University won the prestigious O’Connor Cup for a third successive year in dramatic fashion at blustery University of Limerick on Sunday. DCU scored a 3-08 to 1-11 victory against University of Ulster, Jordanstown in an entertaining final …” (more)

[RTÉ Sport, 20 March]

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Colleges conflict must end – Moyna

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2011 by steve

“The recurring theme of county versus college conflict must be addressed for once and for all by the GAA, Niall Moyna, the DCU Sigerson Cup team manager and professor at the university’s school of health and human performance, has warned …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 19 January]


Gaelic Academy a ‘Flagship for Third Level sport’

Posted in Life on November 23rd, 2010 by steve

“GAA President Christy Cooney has praised the University of Ulster Gaelic Games Academy, saying the initiative should act as a sporting model for universities across Ireland …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 23 November]

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UCC GAA Goes Global!

Posted in Life on October 28th, 2010 by steve

“UCC GAA (Gaelic Football) Goes Global! UCC GAA recently piloted a recreational Gaelic Games initiative aimed at UCC’s international students and staff. A large group of students met on October 21st and participated in a Gaelic Football coaching session …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 28 October]

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GAA ready to review colleges scheduling as counties air frustrations

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2010 by steve

“A review of the involvement of third-level college competitions is to be undertaken this year, Leinster Council delegates heard at Monday night’s convention in Tullamore. The review will incorporate the involvement of third-level colleges in pre-season competitions in all provinces, and a look at the timing of the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups will also be undertaken …” (more)

[Colm Keys, Independent, 3 March]