What the GPA is all about?

What the GPA is all about?

Learn about what the GPA is all about?

I recently did a podcast from which you can learn about what the GPA does in real life.

 

The Gaelic players association or the GPA as it is commonly known as, has been around for a while since 1999 and whilst we have all heard of it lots of people actually do not realise what the GPA is actually doing and the great work that it does out there in real life for players.

Our GAA sports players are non-professional but give so much to our local communities and indeed the country and its identity on a national level so the GPA should be promoted because its purpose is the wellbeing and welfare of our GAA players.

 

I recently had the privilege of conducting an interview with former Laois county footballer Colm Begley which you can listen to below.

The interview gives plenty of information about:

  • what the ethos of the GPA is
  • what it does,
  • its history
  • and a lot more besides

What the GPA is all about – more to learn from the interview?

 

I believe that many of you may find this interview of interest because Colm Begley was an inter-county player as well as being involved with the GPA itself and this allowed the interview to delve into other interesting topics such as:

 

  • Whether players and managers should have a greater say in-game rule changes
  • We discuss GPA scholarships which many may not have heard about including the fact that the GPA has 23 partnerships with colleges around Ireland
  • We discuss the mental health of players and the help that is available
  • Reconstruction of the championship discussion as well as the question of players’ retirement and lots more

In closing the GPA has a website that you can visit through the link in the button:

 

 Finally To remind you I offer various services to both GAA players and clubs- Treatments

COVID and sport in Ireland -Sports Therapists thoughts on

COVID and sport in Ireland -Sports Therapists thoughts on

COVID and sport in Ireland

COVID and sport in Ireland: covid hit our shores with a bang last March but after some time the new norm came, and bit by bit then the country restrictions were slowly being lifted.
Suddenly businesses started to reopen we were allowed to travel further, we could go to the gym again. Little things like being able to meet friends for a coffee, children going back to school sport got back on the agenda again.
People of all ages could go back to training again, albeit under certain guidelines. In a sporting sense, a lot of questions still had to be answered that supporters, committee, coaches were asking :
When will the Premier League be back?
– When will the Champions League and Europa League be back?
– When is the League of Ireland back on?
– When can Local leagues commence?
– When can ball work and full contact training come back?
– When will GAA matches at club and inter-county at all grades start back?
– When they do come back, what guidelines will be put in place to ensure the safety of all during matches and training?
– Can dressing rooms be used before and after games? If not why not?
– Is there any Grant’s or funding available to sports clubs at all levels across the country and if so what Grant’s are available, how go teams apply and how much?
– can supporters support their team on match day? If not how can supporters watch the games?
These questions were answered in time as the weeks and months that followed.
A new era began in the GAA at club level as due to the restrictions that applied to GAA activity, unfortunately, at first, supporters were not allowed into matches on match day so credit to the Roscommon GAA county board and other county board around the country, games at club level were streamed which enabled supporters from around the county, province, country and around the world were able to follow their clubs from anywhere in the world for very reasonable fees.
The county board and indeed the clubs themselves started streaming games.
I am a sports Therapist but I also present Rosportsview every Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm on Rosfm94.6 Community Radio.
I and Ray Lannon do a weekly Podcast called Roscommon GAA Memories then we started doing Matchday Commentary Podcasts at men’s Gaelic Football and Hurling at Junior Intermediate and Senior as well as Roscommon LGFA Club games at Junior Intermediate and Senior level.
All podcasts are available on www.rosfm.ie you can tune into ROS FM on the radio on FM94.6 or on the website www.rosfm.ie/live or on the TuneIn app.
Sport being back on at local level and national level lifted the spirits of this great nation it was great to see it.
Things started to pick up for me with patients starting to return for treatment to AR Sports Therapy Clinic and also the teams I was involved with the fixtures re-commenced and we got promoted.
As time went on…..we adapted to the new norm and we started to appreciate the little things in life which perhaps we didn’t before as we took them for granted. We could travel again and go on holidays and the new buzzword ‘Staycation’ came into play and we all felt that we should support our own economy and go to places in Ireland. Life was still not the same but a lot better than when we were in lockdown.
Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer

Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer

My tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer a well respected former Roscommon Player

Tribute to Conor Connelly Roscommon footballer: Conor was reared in Creggs, a small village on the Roscommon Galway border with his parents Jimmy and Nora, brothers Darragh, James and Robert as well as his sister Sharon

How Conor Started

He became interested in sport from an early age and his skills were developed in Creggs National School and Creggs GAA Club. He also played Rugby for Creggs Rugby Club. Conor would have reached his peak and excelled in whatever sport he chose. He played all his underage football for Creggs GAA. He played underage hurling for Oran GAA Club.

 How I got to know Conor

After I finished in the Abbey National School in Roscommon, I went to Roscommon CBS. I was in 1st year with Conor’s brother Darragh and I met him through Darragh. We had a class Gaelic football league and I saw from the start Darragh was a talented player with great things to come from him. I saw Conor play in matches in hurling and football for Roscommon CBS. I and Darragh were on the Roscommon CBS 1st year hurling team together. Then I saw Conor playing for the CBS in a few Connacht colleges football and hurling matches. He was a very talented player a great engine could run all day, a natural athlete. He was a defender’s worst nightmare to mark. As we went through the grades we played on the same teams because I was a goalkeeper and a forward (not at the same time) I never had to mark him. That said he was all over the place tough in the tackle and if there was a 50/50 ball he would go for it full throttle and once he got the ball it was impossible to get the ball off him. Not only that but he had a great peripheral vision to spot a player in a better position for a score. He also had a great day for a score.

Roscommon footballer conor connellyCounty Came Calling

With the Conor’s rapid progress as a footballer, it was inevitable that it wouldn’t be long before the county kept calling and that is where his footballing career really took off. With the Roscommon County, u16 manager knocked on his door. He was progressing quickly with great performances at the club, colleges and now county. Next up was promotion to the Roscommon County Minors. His finest performances were in the 1992 Minor football championship he played an integral part in Roscommon winning the Connacht Minor Football title. Next up a trip to Croke Park for the All Ireland Minor Football semi-final v a talented Armagh team Oisin McConville, Diarmad Marsden and Des Macken.  Conor started on the bench as Rossa O’Callaghan returned from injury and Rossa Started the game. Roscommon held their own early in the 1st half then Armagh lifted their performance enter Roscommons tour Dr force, Conor Connelly and he made an immediate impact scoring 1 fantastic point. He then attended St Mel’s College where he had success on the field as well as academically. He went on to play u21 for Roscommon before moving to the Roscommon senior football team where he stood out having a fantastic performance in 2001 where he played an integral part in Roscommon winning the Connacht title in 2001. He went on to study Law in UCD and while there played Sigerson Cup Football for UCD. Romance blossomed while in UCD where he also met his future wife Claire.

Club Level

Conor won a junior title with his home club. Family circumstances meant a move to Ballinlough and this meant a transfer to Michael Glaveys GAA club where he fitted in very quickly. And turned in great performances in his time with the club. His professional career as a solicitor took him to Dublin where he served his apprenticeship to become a solicitor and he transferred to St Jude’s GAA Club where he made a huge impact on and off the field of the field. Before for a summer or two he went stateside for a summer or two work.  He played for Shannon Blues GAA Club in Boston and while there won a Senior title. His Brother Darragh played for the club for a few years whilst living in Boston.  As previously mentioned, he joined St Judes GAA CLUB where he made a huge impact on the club during his time at the club. Conor married Clair and the had 3 Children, Rossa, Eoghan and Caragh. He left the bright lights of Dublin to Ballycumber and played for Ballycumber GAA Club where he., Again made a huge difference and got hugely involved in the community. He was trusted and loved in Ballycumber and in 2016 he managed to  Ballycumber GAA Club to glory. And in celebration singer-songwriter Simon Casey penned a song called Connellys winning matches. Saturday morning he went for a jog and never came back. When out he passed away.

Goodbye Conor

I am one of many to have been privileged to have known Conor in person and as a player and teammate. We were teammates in Roscommon CBS and played against each other at club level but always friends. Off the pitch. Connor Connelly was a gentleman and a supreme athlete as a player but. Above all a great friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he has touched. Gone but not forgotten Rest in peace Conor, your place in heaven is assured. #ripconor

Conor Connelly Tribute

tribute to conor connelly roscommon footballer

 

Tribute To Conor

tribute to conor connelly roscommon footballer

 

Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist

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“I injured my knee mid year 2013. I've been to three different physical therapists, with AR Sports Therapy Clinic being the third. I have received the best care by far from this facility. My range of motion has increased and the pain has decreased. The therapists really know what to do and how to get you back on your feet (literally). Of course you must continue the recommended exercises on your own time, which helps during and after therapy. I recommend this facility.”

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"I'm a total exercise novice, Aiden gave me some really practical and realistic tips. I've tried so many times over the years to adopt a fitness routine, but it's never really worked as no matter what I tried I always felt out of my depth and ended up quitting. His supportive treatment and advice have really encouraged me and I'm now finding my stride. highly recommended."

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