Press Release - Kildare Senior Football Semi Final 2020.

Press Release -

Date : 1-October 2020 @ 10:00pm GMT

Kildare Senior Football Semi Final 2020.

Celbridge GAA Club are currently in the process of addressing concerns with Kildare County Board via official GAA policies & procedures.

Celbridge GAA club does not condone any form of online abuse or personal mistreatment. This is documented in the club code of conduct which is available for download from our official web site.

Celbridge GAA Club will be making no further comment at this time. 

Celbridge GAA Club


For further information:

Contact: Brendan Holmes, Celbridge GAA Club P.R.O., email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 086 825 4265

Covid Regulations - Update 1 Deireadh Fómhair 2020

From: Communications 
Sent: 01 October 2020 14:03
Subject: Covid Regulations - Update 1 Deireadh Fómhair 2020


As part of our policy of reviewing our Covid restrictions on an ongoing basis and following engagement with NPHET, we are requesting that all of our units actively discourage huddles before, during and after games in the days and weeks ahead. 

We are also asking for all of our teams to avoid the following: 

  • Team photographs (unless in seated area conforming to social distancing) 
    Shaking hands with other players and personnel 
    Celebrations and commiserations involving close physical contact 
    Players are also expected to:   
  • follow Public Health Advice with respect to personal hygiene and etiquette 
    social distance from broadcasters if and when being interviewed 
    refrain from swapping their shirts 
    avoid congregating in indoor areas or passing through pitch-side tunnels at the same time as opponents. 
    These guidelines should be discussed with all teams who are still involved in competitions.

We appreciate the challenges some of these restrictions pose but as public health measures and as part of GAA efforts to tackle the spread of the virus, compliance is crucial. 

Is Muidne, 

Seán Ó hÓráin   Tomás Ó Riain 

Uachtarán           Ard Stiúrthóir

Gaa Foundation Award (Coach Education)

Calling all club coaches, Coach Education opportunity, Expression of Interest form

Foundation Award Course - Football, Hurling & Camogie (E-Learning)
Venue: Celbridge Gaa Club
Date & Time: Friday 16th October, 7.00pm to 10.00pm (Online)
Date & Time: Saturday 17th October, 10am to 2pm (Pitch Session)


The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic games. It aims to INTRODUCE the participants to the coaching process and its practical application. The course will provide Coaches with the Information and the ability to introduce players’ to sport in safe and enjoyable environment.

The course covers 4 key modules, These are:

  • Introduction to Games
  • Skill Development
  • Movement Skills
  • Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

The focus of the course is the development of ‘How to Coach‘ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches -the organisation of games, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various movement skills.


By the end of this Course participants will be able to:

  • Assist a coach in organizing a programme of Games and Skill Development activities appropriate to each Participants needs and abilities.
  • Identify the Skills of Football, Hurling & Camogie.
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills.
  • Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games.
  • Assist a coach in organising and managing Players for an effective practice session.
  • Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players.

The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Hurling or Gaelic football

Fill in the attached Expression of Interest Form.

Jonathan Daniels
Celbridge Gaa Club
Games Promotion Officer
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Academy training is back in Celbridge GAA

Celbridge GAA club has a vibrant juvenile section active in Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

The aim of our academy training in Celbridge GAA club is to introduce the children of Celbridge to our national games in a fun and friendly environment and in accordance with the development guidelines and player pathway materials developed by the camogie Association, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

We are delighted to confirm training will now resume on Saturday the 12th September for the Autumn 2020 season and we will be delighted for any boys and girls to come down and join us. This is a great opportunity for kids to become involved in team sports, to make new friends, to develop fine motor skills and keep fit, and most importantly to have some fun.

Age Groups: Primary School going kids, born in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Training Times: Currently training every Saturday morning from 11:15AM to 12:15PM

Venue: Celbridge GAA grounds

For any kids joining for the first time, please complete the GAA Covid19 eLearning module on behalf of your child:

This only needs to be completed once and if you have already completed it for another sibling that is sufficient. Once you have completed the eLearning module, it will generate a certificate of completion in your name. Please save a screenshot of this and send it to us directly or show a screenshot of this to the Covid supervision upon check-in ahead of training.

In addition you must complete the GAA/Gaelic Games Health Questionnaire on behalf of your child and yourself (if you are the accompanying guardian for training). We would request that only one adult accompany each child for training to limit the number in attendance upon the sideline. This questionnaire will need to be completed each week ahead of training.

This health questionnaire can be completed here:

What to wear and what to bring:

As all training will be outdoors, it is recommended that kids dress in layers to keep warm. And bring their own clearly labeled drink bottle.
It is compulsory for all children playing Gaelic football to wear an approved LGFA/GAA mouth guard.
Footballs will be provided, however for hurling/camogie we have a very limited number of loaner helmets and hurleys available.

However given the challenges/risks in sanitizing equipment after use due to Covid19, we strongly encourage the use of own hurleys and helmets.

Covid Update; 26 Lúnasa 2020

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Sent: 26 August 2020 15:54
Subject: Covid Update; 26 Lúnasa 2020

A Rúnaí a chara,

Please see below the latest update from the GAA's Covid Advisory Group. It relates to a Government requirement to ensure that all parents attending underage activity complete a Health Questionnaire in addition to that completed by their child. This applies with immediate effect in the 26 counties.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Covid Advisory Group – Updated advice on attendance at underage games

26 August 2020

The GAA’s Covid Advisory committee have issued updated guidance to all clubs in relation to attendance at underage games. This advice is based on updated guidelines issued on behalf of the Government by Sport Ireland:

Clubs should note that:

  • No more than 1 designated individual should attend a training session or game per child/family/group of children.
  • The GAA Health Questionnaires MUST be completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.
    Overall numbers should be kept to a minimum and in line with the space available in the venue/facility.
  • Parents are NOT permitted to be in attendance at adult games where their child (U18) is participating. However, provision can be made to allow an adult to be in close proximity (e.g. in the car park etc) in case medical or other emergency needs require their presence.

It has also been clarified that a parent/guardian attending an underage game in these circumstances shall not be subject to vetting as they are only the supervisor in a guardianship role for their own child and not any other child on the team.

Le meas, GAA Communications Dept.

Updated guidelines from GAA Covid Advisory Group


GAA Covid Advisory Group – Advice to Clubs in the 26 Counties (August 21st 2020)

The relevant updated Government advice on Sport, issued on Tuesday August 18th 2020, is as follows:
“Sporting events and matches can continue to take place but behind closed doors with:

• strict avoidance of gatherings, including social gatherings, before or after events
• strict adherence to 2 metre physical distancing before and after events, during breaks in play, on the sidelines and avoidance of team huddles
• limits of 15 apply to groups outside including training sessions (with exception of elite/professional sports and horseracing). There should be no mixing between groups”

The additional implications of the above for Gaelic Games are as follows:
Games behind closed doors As games must now be played "behind closed doors", this means only essential personnel should be in attendance. No more than 40 persons per team should be allowed access to games for the moment. This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and officials.

The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media, Streaming personnel and required event officials (stewards etc.)

The restrictions on the playing of games in Kildare remain in place until Government clarify the situation.

Underage games Consistent with our advice of Wednesday, August 19th, the Government have now confirmed Parents/Guardians attending training or games in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as spectators; however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary.

Any person wishing to attend our underage training or games including coaches, parents, players and spectators shall be subject to the provisions of the Code of Behaviour (Underage).

For the purpose of clarification, it is the coaches and other responsible adults, trained and vetted to oversee our games at underage level, who are responsible, on behalf of our Clubs, for the organising of our games at this level.

The Government have undertaken to provide further protocols in this context which will be issued in the coming days.

Training/Cúl Camps Team training and Cúl Camps can continue on the basis of no more than 15 people (including coaches) in a designated area of the field once sufficient space is available and public health protocols are followed.

Training in Counties Laois, Kildare and Offaly should continue on a non-contact basis, in groups of no more than 15 people (including coaches) in a designated area of the field, until Government restrictions specific to those Counties are relaxed.

(Note: Underage groups must be comprised in accordance with the ratios provided for by the Code of Behaviour Underage).

Meetings Indoor club or committee meetings should be avoided where possible but when they must take place, should involve no more than 6 people and should adhere to the guidelines outlined previously by the GAA’s Health and Safety Committee, including the need for 2m social distancing
Control Measures All Clubs are reminded of the need to adhere to the following control measures in the interest of the health and safety of our members and broader society:

• Continue to follow general Public Health guidelines
• Practice good hygiene by washing hands and using sneezing and coughing etiquette
• Observe 2 metre physical distancing off the field, before and after events, during breaks in play and on the sidelines
• Follow GAA protocols by not using changing rooms or other enclosed spaces
• Gyms on GAA property must remain closed
• Travel to training / matches with members of own household only
• Continue to submit Health Questionnaires ahead of training and games
• Do not attend training or games if feeling unwell
• Continue to record attendances at training to facilitate contact tracing
• Members who arrive back in Ireland from a country not on the government's green travel list should follow Government advice in this context (i.e. restrict their movements for 14 days) and are not permitted to present for Gaelic games activities until the 14 days has elapsed.