The Games Development Administrators (GDA’s) are assigned Regions/Divisions and are responsible for the development of Primary School, Post Primary School, Club and Coach Education Initiatives within these areas.
Meet the GDA’s
Elected County Coaching Officer in December 2014, having worked as with the Cork GDA’s for five years in the Carbery / Beara Region and three of which were also spent as County Development Squads Administrator, Kevin has returned to life as a GAA volunteer and runs the family dairy herd in West Cork by day. An active hurler with Kilmeen and Kilbree, he has previously completed an Agribusiness & Rural Development degree (UCD), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (UCC) and Doctorate in labour research (UCD). He has served as chairman, secretary, juvenile secretary and coaching officer with his home club and as chairman / secretary to various county sub-committees in coaching, grading and strategic planning. As a member of Kilmeen Drama Group he played lead roles in RTE All Ireland winning productions of ‘A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant’ (2006) and A Whistle in the Dark (2011) and co-directed the All Ireland winning production of The Playboy of the Western World (2013).
From Kilshannig Club, Kevin started working as a GDA in 2007, he became Games Manager in 2009. As Games Manager, Kevin is responsible for National GAA Projects as well as local development initiatives. He oversees the full time Cork GDA’s in the area of Coaching & Games Development. Kevin sits on the Coiste Na nOg Board and is a member of the County Fixtures Overseeing Committee. A member of the Kilshannig Club in North Cork, Kevin has a wealth of coaching experience having coached at all levels in his club over the past 15 years. A qualified Award 2 tutor, O Callaghan is also Coaching Officer in Kilshannig and has worked with Regional and County squads at all age groups as a volunteer and later full time staff member of Cork County Board. Kevin has overseen a huge transformation in underage GAA structures in Cork in the last 8 years from the growth of Cúl Camps (6.000 – 13,000), the provision of extra coaching personnel (3 to 8) and a structured games programme for boys aged 10 and younger (Monster Blitzes) along with aiding Kevin O Donovan in the provision of new structures at squads level.. Interview with Kevin O Callaghan Click here
Pat began working part time with Cork GAA in 2013. Pat got a full time role with the Cork GDA’s for the North Region in 2014 and he is responsible for all activity in the North Region. A member of Buttevant GAA Club, Pat has a huge range of coaching experience training teams at all levels including teams in C.I.T., Glanworth, Eire Og and Avondhu as well as his own club where he currently trains the u12 team having managed the Junior Football team in 2015. Pat is very passionate about developing gaelic games in his Region and has put a very good structure in place in the football squads from u13 to u16 in North Cork. He also has an active role in the Rebel Óg u 14 East football squad for 2016 and has responsibility for the Youth Participation area in 2016. Pat has recently trained up as a foundation award tutor.
A member of Killeagh GAA Club, Sean worked as a GPO in Dublin for over 5 years before transferring to Cork in 2013 to work with the Cork GDA’s . Sean coordinates the Rebel Og hurling squads and has a wealth of coaching experience having guided Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) to a county championship in 2012 and their camogie counterparts to an All Ireland title in 2011. Sean has also coached UCDs Fitzgibbon Cup team, various Dublin underage teams, including U21s. Locally, Sean coached Killeagh senior and underage teams in the past. He is the current coach to Cork 21 hurling team for 2016. He also heads up our Hurling Talent Academies.
Interview with Sean Crowley Click here
Colm has over 10 years experience in Games Development in Full and Part Time roles. He worked as a Part Time schools coach in Sligo, over 6 years in Dublin as a Full Time Games Promotion Officer, with St Maurs and Na Fianna GAA clubs before taking up a role with Cork GDA’s in 2013 with his role now focused in the Mid Cork region.
Colm has a varied playing career playing with Killeagh, Glenbower Rovers, Faughs (Dublin), I.T. Sligo and inter county with Sligo. He successfully managed UCD Fresher Hurlers to the All Ireland in 2014.
As a coach, Colm was with the Dublin minor Hurlers from 2011-13 and won 2 Leinster titles and reached 2 All Ireland Finals also. Colm spent 3 years coaching the UCD Freshers, 1 year with Armagh senior Hurlers, 1 year with Sligo Minor Hurlers and was recently coach of the Killeagh minors who reached the Premier 1 Hurling final in 2014. Colm brings a wealth of experience to the role and is currently specialising in the Child (5-12 years) games side of things in club and school level. Colm will also be assisting the Rebel Óg u14 hurling squads in 2016.
Paudie commenced work with the Cork GDA’s in 2009. He recently worked in Muskerry-Carrigdhoun and has recently returned to his initial base in Cork City this time covering the City Southside area. He is currently involved with his home club Midleton and coached Midleton U14 to their first ever Cork County Feile hurling title in 2014 and Premier 1 Football Championship in 2015. In the past he had coaching roles with Midleton Senior Hurling team, the Imokilly Senior Hurling team and was part of the Cork minor hurling coaching team in 2008 and 2009. Paudie is a qualified Award 2 Coach Education tutor and is one of our most experienced coaches. Paudie will head up our Cúl Camps Programme for 2016
James managed his native Castlehaven to Senior Football County titles in 2003 and 2012 and was on the panel when they won their first senior title in 1989.He also coached his club to u21 county success in 1998. He started working a full time with the Cork GDA’s in November 2014 after spending the previous 2 years working on a part time basis with Rebel Óg Coaching. He has been a primary school coach for the past 8 years. James has coached at all levels in his club and has worked with multiple development squad panels in the past 5 years. He is a qualified Master Tutor at Foundation/Award One level and as a Code of Best Practice Tutor. In his current role James heads up our Football Talent Academies and is assigned to the Beara, West Muskerry and West Carbery clubs.
Noel has been the County Coordinator for Cul Camps for 7 years helping clubs within the County, reach an all time high of 13000 participants. Noel has now taken over responsibility for the promotion of games development within the Post Primary Schools system in Cork. Noel is trying to increase participation and improve participation through a mix of coaching and games activities in conjunction with the other GDA’s and the Post Primary Schools Board in Cork and Munster. Noel has a prolific record of achievement as a player and coach in both codes. Noel played all grades in hurling and football with Cork and his coaching CV shows stints with Cork senior hurlers, u21’s and a Carbery Senior Hurling County title in 1993. In recent times Noel has helped Hamilton High School and St Colemans Fermoy to very worthy performances at Harty Cup level and is currently assisting the Rebel Óg u 16 hurling squads as well as coordinating the North Region Hurling squads at all age groups.
Shane began working part time with Cork GDA’s in 2013. He started his full time role as GDA for the East Region in Nov 2015. A long standing member of St Itas, he has played for over 30 years with his club, winning a county title in 2007 and is also the Clubs Secretary & PRO. He started coaching in his local school over 20 years ago and is a well established coach in local Schools, he has led schools to many titles from Scaith na Scoil to All Ireland finals. He has worked as a coach and trainer for different hurling and football teams in East Cork including camogie and ladies football. Shane, who ran his own Online Media Production Company for over 10 years brings a wealth of web design, business management and media & event management experience to his role as Coach Education Officer. In his spare time he has written and recorded many songs over the years and has worked with some of Ireland’s top singers and bands both on and off stage and has appeared on tv and radio countless times receiving awards for his songwriting. Shane will be administrating the Coach Education Programme and is responsible for all running all coaching Courses and Workshops in the County, he is also a Foundation Award Tutor. Shane was Secretary to Rebel Og East in 2015 and is currently the PRO with Imokilly. In his current role as GDA Shane will also be assisting with the regional Football squads. Interview with Shane Supple Click here.
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