GAA Initiatives

A.S.A.P. Programme
Kilmurry introduced the A.S.A.P programme to the club upon its launch and has had Michael Garvey as the A.S.A.P. Officer for the past 4 years.
The GAA's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) programme was created as a partnership with the HSE in 2006 to try and minimise the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and other substances in the sporting environment. It operates through a network of Club, County and Provincial ASAP Officers and is coordinated in Croke Park by the GAA Community & Health section.  

It works in three mains areas, helping our clubs and members in the areas of education, prevention, and response to drug and alcohol related matters. It also requires all our units to adopt a Club Drug and Alcohol policy to help them foster the sort of culture that promotes positive engagement with alcohol, supports those who chose not to drink in maintaining that lifestyle choice, discourages the use of tobacco, and better enables clubs manage any drug related issues that may arise.

The overall aim of the ASAP programme is to promote a positive health experience for all our members through their participation in their GAA club, regardless of their age or role. All supporting materials are available on the Tab to the left of this page while the Community and Health section personnel are also available to answer any quires and can be reached through the main Croke Park  switchboard at 00353-1-8363222.

Off the Booze & On the Ball is back!

The ASAP programme's flagship health challenge 'Off the Booze & On the Ball' has been launched for 2014, and this year it extends The Challenge beyond just our clubs and into the third level education sector.

Traditionally focused on GAA clubs and members during the month January, The Challenge, as it is also known, invites participants to abstain from alcohol for four weeks in order to give their New Year a healthy kick-start. This year, nine third level institutions from across the four provinces have also come onboard to promote the positive message behind the campaign. For some clubs, The Challenge is also used as an opportunity to fundraise in a fun and healthy way – everyone who registers receives an information pack with practical tips on how to implement a healthier lifestyle as well as a sponsorship card.

To register for Off the Booze & On the Ball 2014, click on this link.


 Children's Officer

Kilmurry have also adopted the position of Children's Officer to ensure that the welfare of all our underage players is looked after. Ed Warren is the current Children's Officer.

The Association and its sister organisations recently launched (December 2012) online version of Our Games - Our Code, the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Code is also available in Disc format (not printed) form the National Children's Office. For more information or a disc, please contact the GAA National Children's Officer, Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl at 01-8363222 or nationalchildrensofficer@gaa.ie.

he Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.The Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

We do this by:

  • Recognising that all children have the right to be protected from harm.
  • Ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers are carefully recruited and selected and that they accept responsibility for ensuring the well-being of children in their care.
  • Responding swiftly and appropriately to protect the welfare of children who participate in our games and related activities.
  • Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have.
  • Appointing Children’s Officers in each of our Clubs and at County Board level.
  • Appointing a National Children’s Officer to oversee the implementation of good child protection and welfare practices within the Association.
  • Appointing a Designated Person in each Club and County who will liaise w
    • ith the statutory authorities as appropriate.
    • Appointing a National Designated Person to assist in the processing of child protection and welfare matters.
    • Ensuring that all allegations of abuse of young people are confidentially dealt with in accordance the Association's Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse (Fourth Edition 2009) and with statutory guidelines and relevant legislation.
    • Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection procedures and policies on an ongoing basis.
    • Ensuring that members, coaches, team mentors, administrators, parents/guardians and spectators sign up to and adhere to our Code of Behaviour.


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