Ballindine, Co. Mayo


March 2, 2021

Be Ready to Play Programme

We are also running a live launch webinar on Tuesday March 2nd at 7pm via Microsoft Teams. It would be great if you can join us, just click on the link below:
Speakers for the launch include:
Shane Flanagan – GAA`s Director of Coaching and Games
Aoife Lane – Chair of the Gaelic Games Sports Science Workgroup and Head of Department of Sport and Health Sciences, AIT
Des Ryan – Lead of the Gaelic Games Athletic Development Workgroup and Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC
Registration begins through the GAA eLearning site on March 3rd https://learning.gaa.ie/bereadytoplay
The GAA Be Ready to Play Programme is a Coaching and Sports Science programme, supported by UPMC Healthcare, that will be delivered via webinars, online training programmes, instructional videos and live sessions. This is a holistic programme supporting male and female youth and adult players, and coaches during their return to training post Covid and building up to playing games again, therefore encompassing the full playing season. We aim to educate coaches and players by providing an evidence informed programme. This will hopefully result in increased enjoyment, performance, participation and reduced injury risk.
The Programme will include –
Athletic Development Programmes updated fortnightly through the GAA website (Instructional Video & Live Sessions in collaboration with Setanta College)
Monthly focussed Coach Education webinars (Gaelic Games Coaching Specialists & Guests)
Monthly Sports Science support webinars (all Sports Science Discipline covered)
Our goal is to sign up as many Gaelic Games Coaches and players as possible and support return to play while providing a lasting educational and support resource for Gaelic Games


March 2, 2021

Be Ready to Play Programme

Please have a look at the following information on the “Be Ready to Play Programme”. It is for not only for coaches, players and parents are also invited to attend if they wish. There are three levels available, Youth coaches (u-13 to u-18), Adult coaches and Advanced. All details are on the following link:


February 26, 2021

Message from Bord Na nOg


Please see the following adult/child ratio allowed for all underage groups training in Gaelic Games.
Nursery (4-6) Ratio 1-6
U-7 Ratio 1-6
U-9 Ratio 1-7
U-11/U-13/U-15 Ratio 1-8
U-17 Ratio 1-10
In Order for training to commence as soon as restrictions are lifted, we need parents/guardians to commit to volunteering 1 hour per week, in order to comply with the above regulations. This will allow training to run as smoothly and effectively as possible and for the children to have a happy safe and productive training session. Volunteers can be parents/guardians, older siblings (Over 16), grandparents or any one you may know that has an interest in underage GAA and has 1 hour to spare.
There are a variety of tasks that need to be undertaken in order for training to be able to commence, from assisting senior coaching staff to setting up pitches prior to and gathering up equipment after the session. Parents/guardians must also be aware that due to the current Covid 19 restrictions there will be no busses available on away match days this season, and the season will be shorter than we would normally have.
We want to be prepared and have all volunteers/coaching staff in place before the start of the season so once restrictions are lifted, training can commence straight away. We hope that you will find the time to support the development of underage football in the Club by contacting Liam Nyland @ 0876417649 or Barbara Kelly @ 0838576936 by Friday March 5th, to add your name to our underage volunteer groups.
Please do not hesitate to contact Liam or Barbara who will answer any your your questions or queries in relation to volunteering. Thank you for your continued support of Davitts GAA Club.
Liam Nyland
Barbara Kelly
January 31, 2021

Senior and Junior management 2021


We wish the best of luck to the recently finalised new Senior and Junior management set-ups. We look forward to a successful year for both groups.
The new Senior manager is Paul Carey with a backroom team of JP Kirrane, Shane Mitchell, Tom Murphy and Colm Boyle.
The Junior team will be managed by Dara O Flaitharta, Carlos O Gara and Seamus Roche.
January 20, 2021

Good luck Kieran

Congrats and good luck to Davitts man Kieran Kilkenny who will be part of Maurice Sheridan’s backroom team with the Mayo U-20’s this year along with Peadar Gardiner, Alan Molloy and Kieran Murphy.
Covid permitting, this year’s Connacht U-20 Championship is set to begin at the beginning of April and is due to be played off over three weeks.


December 22, 2020

Seasons Greetings

Davitts GAA Club would like to wish a happy and healthy Christmas to all our players, volunteers, sponsors and supporters.


December 14, 2020

Thanks to all



December 11, 2020

Davitts list of officers for 2021

The following is the list ot Davitts Club officers for 2021:
Patron: Fr. Martin O Connor
Presidents: Patsy Higgins, Michael Mooney
Vice President: Mick Roche
Chairman: Lawrence Daly
Vice Chairman: Billy Kearns
Secretary: John Costello
Assistant Secretary 1: Niamh McMahon
Assistant Secretary 2 (Bord Na nOg Sec): Barbara Kelly
Treasurer: Michael Waldron
Assistant Treasurer 1: John A Noone
Assistant Treasurer 2 (Registrar): Breda Waldron
PRO: Joe Reapy
County Board Delegate: Frank Hyland
Player Representatives: Ronan McNamara, Seamus Roche, Liam Macken
Player Liaison: Shane Mitchell
South Board Delegates: Michael Waldron, Michael Hynes
Coaching Officer: Liam Nyland
Children’s Officer: Olive Treacy
Health & Wellbeing Officer: TBC
Irish language & Culture Officer: Ronan Kirrane
Bord Na nOg Chairman: Liam Nyland
Scor Officer: Lucy Daly
Other Committee Members: Tom Garvey, Derek Byrne, Louis Prendergast, Liam Kearns
December 11, 2020

Catherine and Shane step down

Dr. Catherine Sweeney is stepping down in her roles, both as a committee member and as Healthy Club officer this year.
Catherine introduced new initiatives to the club such as the Health Eating programme, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Yoga and Mindfulness. She also introduced Cardiac Screening and CPR Training and Davitt’s became a Smoke Free Club. Thanks to her work Davitt’s GAA achieved Healthy Club Status in October 2019.
Catherine was immense this year in helping the club to deal with Covid-19, her advice and suggestionsled to a safer club environment.
Catherine’s husband Shane Halligan is also stepping down from the committee and his role as the Player Liaison officer.
All members of the Davitt’s committee want to thank them both for their tireless work and dedication over these past years. We wish her and Shane the best and hope sometime in the future they will return to the committee.
John Costello
Rúnaí: Seán Mac Coisteala
December 11, 2020

2020 AGM Healthy Club Officer’s report

Davitts GAA Healthy Club Officer Report 2020 – Dr Catherine Sweeney
GAA clubs reach into the heart of the communities they serve and are therefore powerful resources in promoting the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of our population at large. In recognition of this, the GAA developed The Healthy Club Project in partnership with Healthy Ireland, the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and Irish Life. This project is based on best national and international practice. It aims to create a healthy philosophy in clubs and facilitate them in supporting the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve by integrating health into their day-to-day activities making them hubs for health.
Along with 150 other clubs selected to participate in the Healthy Club Project across the 32 counties, Davitts GAA Club began their journey to becoming a Healthy Club in 2018. The executive committee valued the importance of this project and with their support and that of club members we engaged the community by hosting walking events as well as club talks on the importance of Health Eating, Physical Activity, Mental Health, Yoga and Mindfulness. We also held Cardiac Screening and CPR Training and became a Smoke Free Club. We achieved Healthy Club Status as part of the Healthy Club Project in October 2019.
Davitts GAA Club planned to continue their journey with the Healthy Club Project in 2020. However, Covid-19 changed the course of these plans. Despite this, the club was not found wanting and agreed that the safety of club members and the community at large was of paramount importance. At the onset of the pandemic, a number of steps that followed government guidelines were implemented such as education on the virus using HSE videos and posters on our Facebook page, signage on entrance to the pitch and clubhouse regarding mask use, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, placement of hand sanitisers throughout the clubhouse, guidelines for use of the gym and it’s equipment, guidelines for continuation of the club lotto and engagement with the community in partnership with Centra and Supervalu in providing groceries and prescriptions for vulnerable members of our community. The club also developed a walking track around the perimeter of the pitch as a facility for non-playing members to get some exercise and fresh air within the safe confines of the club grounds.
As 2020 draws to a close and we look to 2021 with the hope of a vaccine and a return to some semblance of normality, we as a club wish to support our members and the community in any way we can.
The following are tips in maintaining health for the remainder of the pandemic:
1. Eat a healthy balanced diet that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, and limit convenience foods and foods high in sugar, salt, and calories as well as caffeinated and fizzy drinks.
2. Limit alcohol intake to a minimum as it is a depressant and can alter mood and emotions as a result.
3. Exercise every day, whether it is a 30-minute walk or a 10K run, get out and get some fresh air.
4. Keep a structure to the day having a loose timetable for meals, work, exercise, relaxation, and get up and go to bed at the same time each day making sure to prioritise a good night’s sleep.
5. If you are working from home, make sure to take regular breaks from your phone and computer and ensure you have time to relax and unwind in the evenings once the workday has ended.
6. Limit news consumption, taking a break from newsfeeds and social media regularly, and only seek information from trusted sources such as the HSE.
7. Get creative by taking up a new hobby or revisiting an old one. Creative tasks such as painting, knitting, baking, gardening are all excellent ways of tending to our mental health needs.
8. Practice mindfulness by “staying in the moment” taking notice of your senses, feelings, and emotions.
9. Stay connected with family, friends and neighbours in a safe way through text messages, e-mails, phone calls, videocalls and social media, without forgetting the old-fashioned letters and post-cards.
10. Seek help from a healthcare professional such as your GP if it is all getting too much, where the right supports can be provided and accessed. Of note, the Samaritans are the GAA’s national mental health partner and can be contacted on 116123.
As I step down from my position as Healthy Club Officer at the end of this year, I wish to thank all committee and club members as well as members of the community and sponsors for their help and support over the last four years and wish Davitts GAA Club all the best for 2021.
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