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Gaelic Players to be Champions of Courage for Children with Cancer

Gaelic Players to be Champions of Courage for Children with Cancer

Press release on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association and Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Gaelic Players Association and Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) today (Thursday 22nd June 2017) launched the #Championsofcourage Campaign which will continue to support Childhood Cancer Foundation.

 

Players, Derek McNicholas (Westmeath), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne (Carlow), Diarmiud O’Keeffe (Wexford),  Colm Begley (Laois)   and members of the CCF were joined by children and staff of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) on St John’s Haematology/Oncology Ward to launch the Campaign and the specially commissioned Beads of Courage® which up to 50 Inter County players will carry on their kit bags throughout the summer for the Hurling and Football Championships. The players will then gift a bead to a child in treatment as a symbol of their strength and courage. Together they will be Champions of Courage.

Speaking at the launch Derek McNicolas of Westmeath Hurlers said: “As players we are delighted to be part of the #Championsofcourage Campaign to support the work of Childhood Cancer Foundation and most importantly to carry Beads of Courage® throughout the Championship season to honour the courage of children and young adults fighting cancer and their families.”

 

Dermot Earley, Chief Executive of the GPA added: "We are delighted to offer our continued support to the Childhood Cancer foundation. We are extremely proud of our players who are supporting this campaign and proving their continued contribution to Irish Society and to wonderful causes such as this. Since our foundation the GPA has placed huge importance on supporting our players to be active as social leaders in their communities. Our partnership with the Children Cancer Foundation is part of this commitment and a great example of how so many inter-county players are dedicated to doing their bit to make Ireland a better place." 

 

Rachel Kenna, Director of Nursing at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) speaking at the launch said: “These specially commissioned Beads of Courage from the Hurling and Football Inter County Players will provide encouragement for children as they cope with their illness.  On behalf of all the patients and families we thank the Childhood Cancer Foundation and all the GAA County Players for their ongoing commitment to OLCHC.”

 

Laura Cullinan of Childhood Cancer Foundation continued to say: “Children with cancer display incredible courage as they endure many difficult procedures and treatments over long periods as they battle childhood cancer.  For the brave children of St John’s Ward to know that these players are thinking of them and supporting their fight will encourage them and boost their spirits at difficult times during their treatment journey”.

 

22 June 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (108)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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GPA Statement on Central Council’s decision on GAA Proposed Restructure of All Ireland Hurling Championships

A Statement on behalf of the Gaelic Players Association

Saturday, 17 June, 2017: At Central Council today, the GAA proposed a restructure of the All Ireland Hurling Championships for approval at GAA Special Congress.

Among the feedback which was outlined to Central Council was how players welcomed the discussion on change to the hurling championships overall. 70% of Liam McCarthy squads would be supportive of the new Championship Proposals. 50% of squads are not in favour of the current qualifier group structure as only one team can progress from this group. 

The proposals do not have a majority support from squads participating in the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher competitions with only 40% supportive of the structure. Squads have expressed concerns that the scheduling of the competitions is too condensed and does not do enough for the promotion or development of hurling in these counties. These squads have expressed a strong desire for a longer championship season and to have the opportunity for their games to be played before games in the Leinster or All Ireland Championships to enhance the profile of these games.

 The GPA are satisfied that the player’s voice has been heard at Central Council and that the decision to proceed with bringing the proposed changes to a GAA Special Congress provides the opportunity for player input through a GPA motion suggesting amendment to the championship structure in line with the above. 

 

19 June 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (188)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Gaelic Players Association Launches Three Year Strategic Plan

Gaelic Players Association Launches Three Year Strategic Plan

GPA Forges New Direction Following Period of Consultation with players and stakeholders. ‘Players Thrive On and Off the Field’ sets out the objectives for the organisation to enhance player representation and investment in their personal development over the next three years.
13 June 2017/Author: Media GPA/Number of views (305)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Galway Hurler David Collins elected new President of the GPA

Galway Hurler David Collins elected new President of the GPA

Former Galway Hurler David Collins is the new President of the Gaelic Players Association after being elected by the organisations National Executive Committee. He replaces Dermot Earley who stepped down as GPA President after 3 years following his appointment as Chief Executive of the players’ body in February. 

09 March 2017/Author: Comms GPA/Number of views (1214)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.5
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GPA Head of Marketing & Communications

GPA Head of Marketing & Communications

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Head of Marketing will have overall responsibility for developing a marketing and communications strategy for the GPA.

03 March 2017/Author: Comms GPA/Number of views (2322)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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