Celbridge U16 Ladies off to winning start

Celbridge U16 Ladies football team got their Division 2 league campaign off to a flying start with an impressive win over a talented Carbury side. The first quarter of this game was very evenly balanced with both teams trading scores. Eventually Maria Keating and Laura Stirblyte began to dominate possession at midfield and this along with the ball winning skills of the half-backs Eve Wallace and Caitlin Thomas was the platform for Celbridge to take control of this game. In the last 15 minutes of the half a combination of strong running, accurate passing and great support play saw Celbridge’s forward line score (4-6) with Leah Murphy and Rachel O’Reilly each getting a brace of goals. At the same time Celbridge’s resolute defending and a great goalkeeping performance from Ciara Gallagher kept Carbury scoreless for the last quarter and the half finished with the home team well ahead by 5-9 to 2-1.

Although Carbury continued to battle hard in the second half Celbridge remained in control of the game. Their skilful forward line, led superbly by Niamh Mortell and Rachel O’Reilly, was a constant threat and scored some fine points and goals with the result that Celbridge ran out winners by 9-12 to 3-6. This was a very good game of football, with a high level of skill and commitment on display from both teams. To their credit this talented Carbury side kept going right to the end but in the end it wasn’t to be their day.

Although it can be a bit of a cliché this was the ultimately a great team performance from Celbridge as every player from 1 to 16 give it a hundred per cent from start to finish.
So well done to the Celbridge players and to the Mentors – Tommy, Paul, Darren and Nicola. Keep up the good work and all the best for the next game against Two Mile House.

Final Score: Celbridge 9-12 : 3-6 Carbury

Celbridge Scorers: Leah Murphy (3-1); Aideen Stack (0-1): Rachel O’ Reilly (3-3) Maria Keating (0-2); Niamh Mortell (1-3); Vivienne Lee (1-0); Megan Quinn (0-1); Anna Peoples (1-0)


Picture taken on Friday 16th March.  The U16 Ladies went bowling at Base before their first match of the league which took place at Home at 2pm on the 23rd of march. 

The recruitment of new coaches is a continual process.


In conjunction with our Club Code of Behaviour and Child Safeguarding Statement, Celbridge GAA club identify responsible people willing to train and help with our juvenile section and who commit to undertake Vetting, Child Safeguarding Lev 1 - Code of Conduct in Youth Sport, and a minimum Foundation Level 1 Coaching course. We endeavor to constantly train and improve our coaches knowledge and skills.
The Children’s Officer and Garda Vetting Officer, along with the recent addition of our Coaching Officer and Games Promotion Officer work tirelessly and continuously to ensure a Club where Child Safety, Enjoyment of our Games and Improvement of Skills mean that all Children can train and play in a safe and structured environment.


Niamh O’Donovan
Children’s Officer

Sinead Treacy
Vetting Officer

Ian Power
Coaching Officer

Jonathan Daniels
Games Promotion Officer

Child Welfare and Vetting

Celbridge GAA is committed to creating and maintaining the best environment for all young people who wish to participate in our gaelic games and activities. We value the great work of our volunteers and we all have an important role to play in facilitating a positive environment for fun, development and skills of our players.
With the new Child Welfare legislation now in place, it is important to be aware of the following information and processes.
Our Child Welfare Policy is available at this link, our club Code of Behaviour is at this link


In the GAA, any person who carries out a role of responsibilty, be that coach, helper, parent supervisor, referee, executive member, underage referee/helper must be vetted. This applies even if you have been already vetted with any other organisation. The National Vetting Bureau Act (2016) places a statutory obligation on everyone involved and on the GAA to ensure that all persons are vetted prior to taking up their role.

E Vetting

When the Vetting Act came into place in 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace paper vetting with the new on line / e-vetting system.

E Vetting involves 3 steps and needs to be completed by:

  • New volunteers as outlined above
  • Anyone already vetted by the GAA over 5 years ago
  • Any person aged 16 to 18 yrs old fulfilling a role with the club...For 16 to 18 yr olds a Parent/Guardian Consent form must be completed (in addition to the steps below)

Step 1
The initial vetting application occurs at club level where you must firstly complete the GAA eVetting ID form. This form compels you to make contact with your Children's Officer / Vetting Officer on footballchildrensofficer@celbr idgegaa.com and to provide proof of your identity to them. Details of acceptable proof of identity are listed on the ID form. (Documents verified must provide a minimum of 100 points needed). The ID verification may be retained by the Vetting Officer who will then shred it once you've been successfully vetted, or you can include it with your application in Step 2.

Step 2
Complete every section of the GAA online E Vetting application form in full. If you wish to scan and attach your ID documents to it, you must tick YES in the last two boxes. Only then will you unlock a facility inviting you to upload a pdf of your documents.
Once you complete the GAA on line vetting form the information is provided to the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) by the GAA. The details you have entered will be e mailed back to you, your Club Secretary and Children's Officer / Vetting Officer. You will then receive an on line NVB Vetting form which needs to be completed within 30 days to complete the final stage of the process.

Step 3
The NVB Vetting application form will be issued to the e mail address you provided in Step 2. Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB. All sections of this form must be completed including current and previous addresses etc.
Once all sections of this form have been answered, this then completes your application process for E Vetting with the GAA and you will be contacted by the GAA to inform you of the outcome of your vetting as soon as possible.

We have Children's Officers at each Underage code but please contact Niamh O' Donovan, Children's Officer in the first instance on 086 3717559 or by e mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will direct you accordingly.

All Vetting queries should be directed to our Vetting Officer Sinead Treacy on 086 0454188 or by e mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The Kildare Hurling Action Plan 2018

The Kildare Hurling Action Plan 2018, will be launched in the Osprey Hotel on Wednesday 24th of January at 7:45pm.

On the night the Action Plan will be presented to clubs. Afterwards we will host a Panel Discussion to preview the 2018 Senior Hurling Championships.

Guests on the night will include; Nickey Brennan, JJ Delaney, John Doran, Joe Quaid and Eamon O’Shea.

Anyone wishing to attend this event, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



GAA Club Newsletter for December.

Click the link below to download the latest edition of the GAA Club Newsletter for December. 



Among the important issues this month:

  • New online survey to help shape the GAA Strategic Plan 2018-2020
  • GAA's new App ready for launch in January 2018
  • Stellar line up of speakers at the Games Development Conference 2018
  • New Club Player conference to be held next year
  • GAA Future Leaders initiative
  • Important update on Putting Children First

Nollaig Shona!