★Celbridge GAA virtual AGM TEST ★




Celbridge GAA will be holding an AGM Test on Friday 27th of November between 8pm to 8:30pm.

This is an opportunity to allow members who are eligible to attend the AGM test their Microsoft TEAMS.

Eligible members will receive the TEST link via email on Wednesday (25-Nov) evening.

If you don't receive the email please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As an example, per club constitution, you must be a fully paid up member by 31-March-2020 to be an Eligible member to attend the AGM.
While your child may have membership, the guardian must be over 18 years old and hold their own fully paid up membership to be an Eligible member who can attend. Please refer to club constitution for the full details.

Mick Sammon & the events of Bloody Sunday

We met with Club President Pat Murphy to talk about Mick Sammon & the events of Bloody Sunday. Pat is a wealth of information and greatly helped us with the below article.

Celbridge GAA will honour the 14 victims of Bloody Sunday by lighting 14 candles tonight, 21-November-2020

Kildare footballer and 1919 All-Ireland Football Winner Mick Sammon was the referee for the match between Tipperary and Dublin during which the tragic events known as Bloody Sunday took place in Croke Park.
As referee, Mick Sammon threw in the ball at 3.15pm on that faithful day, little did he know what would unfold. Accounts given by eyewitnesses suggest that 5 minutes after the throw-in, Croke Park was raided by British soldiers with shooting breaking out almost immediately. The rest as they say, is history.

Of much interest to both Celbridge & Clane residents, is that Mick Sammon was born in Loughbollard Commons, Clane in 1892. he got involved with the movement for independence and became a prominent Gaelic footballer, winning an All-Ireland medal at midfield with Kildare in the 1919 All-Ireland Final against Galway.

The dreadful events of that tragic day took place under the eyes of Mick Sammon who was refereeing that fateful game. Moments before the shooting started Mick had been talking to Michael Hogan the Tipperary captain. When the firing commenced Hogan was killed and Mick Sammon crawled to the sideline and thence to safety.
After some years working in Dublin, Mick Sammon, moved to and bought a business in Celbridge. This was then known as the “Railway Inn”, beside the bridge in Celbridge. The public house later became known as “Greg Allen’s” and it is now called “McNamee’s Abbey Lodge”.

Mick went on to play with Celbridge for many years along with Owen Murphy who was the father of our Club President Pat Murphy. They also played on the Kildare teams of the early 1920s. They were lifelong friends and Pat Murphy has a lovely clock that was given to his Dad by Mick as a wedding present in 1938.

He was an idol of Pat when he was young as he was an All-Ireland medal winner.

Two other Celbridge men Albert O’Neill and George McGann were also in the 1919 team.

He settled in at the pub he bought but rarely spoke of the events of Bloody Sunday.

He was married with 2 daughters and his grandson Barry Brogan went on to be a champion jockey in England in the 1970s also winning a Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The whistle used by Mick on that fateful day is now on display in the GAA Museum having been donated to the Museum by Mathew Farrell late of Loughinstown Celbridge. The whistle was originally given by Mick to John Dunphy another great Celbridge GAA man before being given to Mathew. Attached is a photo of the whistle from GAA Museum.

The GAA Museum includes exhibits relating to Bloody Sunday including an original Tipperary v Dublin match ticket on November 21 and replica jerseys worn in the 'Michael Collins' film.
He died in 1947 and is buried in the graveyard of the old Franciscan Friary in Clane.

References & further reading.

Pat Murphy, Celbridge GAA Club President
Liffey Champion Article on Saturday 14-November, by Eoghan Corry.







The pitches will reopen for the weekend,


If at all possible please use the new grounds. 


The Training Pitch and goalmouths for each of the other pitches are not to be used. 


Please use the portable Goalposts if required

★Celbridge GAA virtual AGM attendance. ★


If you wish to attend the Celbridge GAA virtual AGM, you must send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 18 November at the latest. A test run will take place in advance of the AGM to ensure everybody can connect and to familiarise themselves with the Microsoft Teams platform.

Reminders of all dates will be available on the club social media and web site. Unregistered email addresses will not be admitted to the meeting for security reasons.

If anyone would like any assistance or any further information regarding TEAMS, please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Juvenile AGM Wednesday Nov 18th 20:00


The juvenile AGM will take place Wed 18th Nov via the Microsoft Teams platform at 8pm. Can teams continue to send in team reports to Deirdre and cc me so I can compile them for circulation prior to the juvenile AGM. Please have team reports in for Friday 13th November.

Forward any nominations for the positions of Juvenile Chair and Juvenile Secretary to me before this date also please.

If any of you have something you would like raised at the AGM send it on and it be added to the agenda.

An invite to the meeting will follow closer to the date.


2021 new vetting procedures

A Chairde,
From January 2021 new vetting procedures will apply to all volunteers in the Gaa. The lifespan of a valid Garda Vetting application will be reduced from 5 years to 3 years in accordance with guidelines nationally.
Any member of our Associations vetted by us prior to 1st January 2019 must apply to be re-vetted as and from 1st January 2021.
A period of six months from 1/1/21 will be allowed for the process of re-vetting to be completed, after which those without a valid vetting will not be permitted to participate in any activity of the Gaa involving young persons.
Vetting is pursued via the Gaa evetting procedure. Club Children Officers should be available to assist all members in this process. I’ve included the link to evetting form below.
It is advisable that all clubs and members of the Gaa take action on this change to vetting procedures at an early stage. Adhering to Garda vetting protocols is a legal requirement and must be strictly adhered to.
Thank You
Celbridge GAA Club Children's Officer including boys Football;
Sinéad Treacy 086 0454188
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Ladies Gaelic Football:
Leah Earley 087 3183007
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Fiona Lannigan 087 9872664
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Garda Vetting Officer & Children's Officer Hurling & Rounders:
Niamh O'Donovan 086 3717559
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Designated Liaison Person, DLP
Ian Power 087 650 1725
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