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  • Thu 29 Jan 2015
  • 11:30amConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    Presentation College Headford vs. Carrick-on-Shannon Community School Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League 1st Year A
    Summerhill College Sligo vs. St. Colman`s College Summerhill College Sligo
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League 1st Year A
    Claregalway College vs. St. Muredach`s College St. Muredach`s College
  • 1:45pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. University of Limerick N.U.I. Galway
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. DkIT IT Sligo Grounds
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    G.M.I.T. vs. IT Carlow Carnmore Hurling Club
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Tallaght vs. Trinity College Dublin Thomas Davis All Weather Pitch
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Limerick IT vs. Ulster Unviersity Jordanstown Limerick IT
  • 3:15pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. University of Limerick Dangan
  • 3:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. St Patricks-Mater Dei Belfield
  • 5:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fergal Maher Cup 2015
    Marino Institiute of Education vs. St Mary's University College St. Vincents GAA Club
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Athlone Institute of Technology vs. Queens University Belfast
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    Maynooth University vs. Mary Immaculate College Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fitzgibbon Cup 2015
    IT Carlow vs. Waterford Institute of Technology Carlow I.T.
  • 7:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    University College Cork vs. Queens University Belfast Ballykelly
  • 8:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Loughmacrory St Teresa's vs. Brockagh Emmetts Garvaghey
  • 8:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Institute of Technology Sligo Bray Emmets GAA
  • Fri 30 Jan 2015
  • 11:45amConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Colaiste Mhuire Ballymote vs. St Cuans Castleblakney Ballinlough
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior B
    Presentation College Headford vs. Holy Rosary College Mountbellew Tuam Stadium
  • 1:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Juvenile A
    Rice College Westport vs. St. Colman`s College A: Connacht GAA Centre
  • 3:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Sancta Muire Louisburgh vs. Colaiste Iaseaigh, Easkey A: Connacht GAA Centre
  • 8:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Cortown vs. St Ultan's Cortown
  • 8:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    St Mary's vs. Carnaross Donore
  • 8:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Moynalty vs. Kilbride Moynalty
  • 8:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    O'Mahonys vs. Ballinlough Navan O'Mahony's
  • 8:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Simonstown vs. Donaghmore/Ashbourne Simonstown
  • 8:00pmU21 Football
    Championship
    St Broughan's vs. St Vincent's Walsh Island
  • 8:00pmU21 Football
    Championship
    Clara vs. Tullamore/An Tulach Mhór Clara
  • 8:00pmU21 C North
    Football Championship
    St Brendan's vs. Milltown Ballygar
  • 9:00pmS.F.L.
    Glenmore vs. Mullinavat Piltown
  • Sat 31 Jan 2015
  • 11:00amMinor F.C. Roinn A
    Winner of S/Final vs. Mooncoin TBC
  • 12:00pmI.F.L.
    Rower Inistioge vs. Dicksboro The Rower
  • 2:00pmUnder-16 F.C.
    Roinn B
    St Fiacres vs. St Martin's Dr Tierney Park
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
    Graigue Ballycallan vs. John Lockes TBC
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
    Kilmacow vs. Windgap Kilmacow
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
    Tullogher Rosbercon vs. Graignamanagh Tullogher
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
    Carrickshock vs. Young Irelands Hugginstown
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Salthill-Knocknacarra vs. Roscommon Gaels Salthill-Knocknacarra
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Western Gaels vs. Carrick Hurling Club (St Marys) Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Skehana vs. Westport GAA Skehana Community Development Pitch
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Mícheál Breathnach vs. Flipadeoiri Longfort Carnmore GAA Club
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Ballinasloe GAA vs. Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Ballinasloe
  • 2:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Naomh Seamas vs. Dungannon Thomas Clarkes St James'
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 1 2015
    Áth Liag/Athleague vs. Ballyhaunis Athleague
  • 2:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Cluainin Iomaint vs. Tuarloistreáin/Tourlestrane Glencar/Manorhamilton Hurling
  • 2:00pmJ.F.L.
    Muckalee vs. Graignamanagh Muckalee
  • 2:00pmU14.F.L.R.B.
    Kilmoganny vs. Glenmore Dunnamaggin
  • 2:00pm2015 Hasting Cup
    Roscommon vs. Galway Clonbonny
  • 3:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Domhnach Mór Naoimh Pádraig vs. Málainn/Malin Donaghmore GAA
  • 3:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    St Colman's Drumaness vs. Stewartstown Harps Drumaness
  • 3:00pmI.F.L.
    Danesfort vs. Erins Own Danesfort
  • 3:00pmJ.F.L.
    Tullogher Rosbercon vs. Young Irelands Tullogher
  • 3:00pmU14.F.L.R.B.
    Glenmore vs. Kilmoganny Pairc na Ratha
  • 3:20pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    Ballinamore Hurling Club vs. Tremane Ballinamore Hurling Club
  • 3:30pmAll County
    Football A League
    Syddan vs. Drumconrath Syddan
  • 3:30pmI.F.L.
    Blacks and Whites vs. Piltown Tom Walsh Park
  • 5:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 1 2015
    Oran Hurling Club vs. Tuairín Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 6:30pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Bryansford vs. An Eaglais, Naoimh Pádraig Bryansford
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Tyrone vs. Monaghan Healy Park, Omagh
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Donegal vs. Derry Ballybofey
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Fermanagh vs. Louth Brewster Park
  • 7:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Waterford vs. Wicklow Fraher Field
  • 7:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    St Michael's vs. Ratoath Carlanstown
  • 7:00pmMunster Waterford
    Crystal Hurling Cup 2013
    Cork vs. Limerick Mallow
  • 8:00pmConnacht GAA Tain
    League Division 2 2015
    St. Dominics vs. Sylane Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • Sun 01 Feb 2015
  • 11:00am2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Truagh vs. Naomh Conaill Truagh
  • 11:00amMinor F.C. Roinn C
    Tullaroan vs. Kilmoganny Tullaroan
  • 11:00amU21 C North
    Football Championship
    Williamstown vs. Cortoon Shamrocks Williamstown
  • 11:15am2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Naomh Pól CLG /St Pauls GAC vs. Steelstown St Marys CBS
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Walterstown vs. Drumbaragh Walterstown
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Moynalvey vs. Rathkenny Moynalvey
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    St Colmcilles vs. Nobber Piltown
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Castletown vs. Gaeil Colmcille Castletown
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Trim vs. Oldcastle GFC Trim
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Dunderry vs. Bective Dunderry
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Ballinabrackey vs. Longwood Ballinabrackey
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Clann na nGael vs. Meath Hill Athboy
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Kilmainham vs. St Brigid's Kilmainham
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Ballivor vs. St Paul's Ballivor
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Clonard vs. Moylagh Clonard
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    St Vincents vs. Dunsany Ardcath
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Slane vs. Kilmainhamwood Slane
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    St Patrick's vs. Duleek-Bellewstown Stamullen
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Wolfe Tones vs. St Peter's, Dunboyne Kilberry
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Na Fianna vs. Summerhill Enfield
  • 11:30amAll County
    Football A League
    Dunshaughlin vs. Skryne Dunshaughlin
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Bellaghy vs. Sarsfields Bellaghy
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Pomeroy Plunketts vs. Derrytresk Fir aChnoic Pomeroy
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Brackaville Owen Roes vs. Dromara Brackaville
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Claudy vs. All Saints Ballymena Claudy
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Liatroim vs. Desertmartin Liatroim
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Gortin St Patrick's vs. Urney St Colmcille's Gortin
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Droim Ratha an tSáirsealaigh vs. Derrylaughan Kevin Barry's GAC Drumragh
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    An Ríocht vs. St Marys Slaughtmanus GAC Cookstown
  • 12:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Owen Roe O`Neill's GAC, Leckpatrick vs. Kildress Wolfe Tones Pairc an Ghleanna
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Enniskillen Gaels vs. Erne Gaels Belleek Brewster Park
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Ederney St Joseph's vs. Lisnaskea Emmetts Ederney
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Knockninny Gaels vs. Tempo Maguires
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    St. Gerard's vs. Derrygonnelly Harps
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Belcoo O`Rahilly's vs. Maguiresbridge St Mary's Belcoo
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Newtownbutler First Fermanaghs vs. Devenish St Mary's Newtownbutler GAA
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Brookeboro Heber McMahons vs. St Patrick's Donagh Brookeboro
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Coa O`Dwyer's vs. Kinawley Brian Borus Coa
  • 12:00pmMinor Football
    League 2015 Sections
    Belnaleck Art McMurroughs vs. Irvinestown St Molaises Belnaleck
  • 12:00pmU21 Football
    Championship
    St Patrick's vs. Na Fianna Minor Club Edenderry Main Grounds
  • 12:00pmU21 Football
    Championship
    St Manchan's Gaels vs. Wheery Tubber
  • 1:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Curraha vs. Boardsmill Curraha
  • 1:00pm2015 Ulster
    Intermediate Football Club League
    Drum vs. Belcoo O`Rahilly's Owenbeg
  • 2:00pmSenior Hurling
    Championship
    Athenry vs. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry Raheen
  • 2:00pmAll County
    Football A League
    Seneschalstown vs. Blackhall Gaels Seneschalstown
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Conahy Shamrocks vs. Glenmore Jenkinstown
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Mullinavat vs. Railyard GFC Mullinavat
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Mooncoin vs. St. Patrick's Mooncoin
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    Kilmoganny vs. Clara Dunnamaggin
  • 2:00pmS.F.L.
    O`Loughlin Gaels vs. Muckalee St. John's Park
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Cork vs. Dublin Páirc Uí Rinn
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 1 2015
    Kerry vs. Mayo Fitzgerald Stadium
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Galway vs. Meath Pearse Stadium
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Roscommon vs. Cavan Kiltoom
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Westmeath vs. Laois Cusack Park, Mullingar
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 2 2015
    Kildare vs. Down Newbridge
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Clare vs. Wexford Miltown Malbay
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Limerick vs. Sligo Kilmallock
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 3 2015
    Armagh vs. Tipperary Athletic Grounds
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    London vs. Offaly Ruislip
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Leitrim vs. Longford Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
  • 2:00pmAllianz Football
    League Roinn 4 2015
    Antrim vs. Carlow Pairc Naomh Pól
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Meath vs. Longford Trim
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Louth vs. St Patricks-Mater Dei Darver
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Wicklow vs. Maynooth University Greystones
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Kehoe
    Cup SH 2015
    Fingal vs. Kildare IT Blanchardstown GAA Pitch
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Carlow vs. Galway Dr. Cullen Park
  • 2:00pmBord Na Mona Walsh
    Cup SH 2015
    Laois vs. Dublin Portlaoise
  • 2:00pmAIB GAA Football
    All Ireland Junior Club Championship 14/15
    Brosna vs. Rock St Patrick's Ballinasloe
  • Mon 02 Feb 2015
  • 12:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Drumshambo VS vs. Jesus & Mary Secondary Enniscrone A: Connacht GAA Centre
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St. Attractas Community School Tubbercurry vs. St Geralds, Castlebar Swinford GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St. Jarlath`s College Tuam vs. Presentation College Athenry Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior A
    St Colmans, Claremorris vs. StMuredeachs Kiltimagh GAA Club
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Junior B
    Ballyhaunis Community School vs. St. Clare`s Comprehensive Manorhamilton Tubbercurry GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    Carlow Institute of Further Education vs. Mater Dei
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 1 Championship 2015
    St Mary's University College vs. Ulster Unviersity Jordanstown St Genevieves High School Belfast
  • 7:00pmMinor F.C. Roinn A
    Dicksboro vs. O`Loughlin Gaels Palmerstown
  • 11:59pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Trench Cup 2015
    Cavan Institute vs. Marino Institiute of Education Cavan Institute
  • Tue 03 Feb 2015
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Hurling Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Limerick IT Grangegorman
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    G.M.I.T. vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Carnmore Hurling Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Dublin Institute of Technology Belfield
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    Institute of Technology Sligo vs. Cork Institute of Technology TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Football Division 3 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. Dublin City University Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:45pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. IT Carlow IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 3:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    University College Dublin vs. Athlone Institute of Technology Belfield
  • 6:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Maynooth University vs. University of Limerick Maynooth University North Campus
  • 7:00pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior A
    Summerhill College Sligo vs. Roscommon CBS Connacht GAA Centre 3G Pitch
  • 7:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Comhairle Ardoideachais 2015
    St Patricks College Thurles vs. Galway T.I
  • 7:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Senior Hurling League Division 2 2014/15
    Ulster Unviersity Jordanstown vs. N.U.I. Galway TBC
  • 8:00pm2015 Ulster Senior
    Football Club League
    Ballinderry vs. Lavey Ballinderry
  • 8:00pmS.F.L.
    Thomastown vs. James Stephens Piltown
  • Wed 04 Feb 2015
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football League Senior D
    Colaiste Cholmcille, Indreabhain vs. Ballymote/St Cuans
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    St. Mary`s College Galway vs. St. Joseph`s College Galway Eire Og
  • 12:30pmConnacht GAA Post
    Primary Football Championship Senior B
    Holy Rosary College Mountbellew vs. Ballinamore Secondary School Elphin GAA Club
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    Ulster Unviersity Jordanstown vs. Dublin City University Jordanstown
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Dublin Institute of Technology vs. Mary Immaculate College Limerick Grangegorman
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher Hurling Division 1 Championship 2015
    Maynooth University vs. St Patricks-Mater Dei Maynooth University North Campus
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    The Law School vs. RCSI The Law School
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    National College of Ireland vs. G.M.I.T. Mayo Clontarf GAA
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    Cadets vs. Ulster University Magee McDonagh Pitch
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn na Mac Leinn 2015
    G.M.I.T. Letterfrack vs. N.W.R.C. Letterfrack
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Corn Padraig Mac Diarmada 2015
    Ulster University Coleraine vs. Ulster University Magee Ulster University Coleraine
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Ryan Cup 2015
    Institute of Technology Tralee vs. Institute of Technology Tallaght IT Tralee GAA Pitche
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Ulster Unviersity Jordanstown vs. University of Limerick TBC
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    University College Dublin vs. N.U.I. Galway Belfield
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Queens University Belfast vs. Dublin Institute of Technology The Dub
  • 2:00pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Fresher 'B' Football Championship 2015
    Dublin City University vs. University College Cork Dublin City University Sportsgrounds
  • 3:30pmIndependent.ie HE
    GAA Sigerson Cup 2015
    N.U.I. Galway vs. St Mary's University College Dangan
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Anti-Doping


Anti-Doping

Updated - December 2014

INTRODUCTION
In July 2001, the GAA agreed to begin drug testing senior Inter-County players as part of an agreement with the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and their policy to cooperate with the international anti-doping campaign administered by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). The GAA believes that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that Gaelic games are free of doping.


All Inter-County players may be selected for testing. Indeed it is a condition of eligibility for the Government Eligible Expense Scheme. All county team support personnel (e.g. managers, coaches, medical personnel, nutritionists, psychologists, officials) have a responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within each County.


This booklet highlights key areas with regard to anti-doping. The GAA advises all members to read and understand the Anti-Doping Rules and to understand their responsibilities under the rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping Rules can be severe for players and their support personnel such as coaches and parents; therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the GAA or the ISC.


There are several changes to the rules which come into effect on 1 January 2015. The main changes for players to note are in relation to sanctions and risk of supplements. The use of serious doping substances for example steroids, growth hormone, EPO and various calculated doping methods for example blood transfusions will be sanctioned with four year bans. Refusing to provide or evading sample collection will now be sanctioned with bans up to four years. The issue of contaminated supplements has been acknowledged by the latest version of the Anti-Doping Rules. If a player can establish ‘no significant fault or negligence’ then the sanction can range from a reprimand to a maximum of two years. This concept is explained in more detail in the ‘Risk minimisation’ section of this booklet.

 

ANTI-DOPING RULES

Irish Anti-Doping Rules
The Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee of the GAA in conjunction with Central Council have adapted the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as the Anti-Doping Rules of the GAA. A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules can be found by following the link in the resources section of this booklet.


GAA Official Guide
Riail 1.15 Treoir Oifigiúil Part 1 states:
‘The Association forbids the use of prohibited substances or methods, a practice generally known as doping in sport. The Rules of the Association regarding doping are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as adopted by the Irish Sports Council and as amended from time to time. The Rules contained in the said Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall have effect and be construed as Rules of the Association. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. Pursuant to an agreement made between Central Council and the Irish Sports Council, for the purposes of this Rule and the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, all references to the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in the Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall be construed as referring to the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. International Units shall comply with the Anti-Doping legislation in their respective Countries of operation. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Doping Control Committee and shall designate to it such functions of the Association in relation to the prevention of doping in the games of the Association as it deems suitable.’

 

Full details on the Irish Anti-Doping Programme are available at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping


Anti-Doping Rule Violations
Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) set out in the Irish Anti-Doping Rules.

Did you know that there are ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations? These are:
1) Presence of a Prohibited substance or method
2) Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
3) Refusing or failing to complete doping control
4) Committing three Whereabouts Failures in Eighteen months
5) Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control
6) Possession of a prohibited substance or method
7) Trafficking or attempted trafficking of a prohibited substance or method
8) Administration or attempted administration to an athlete or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an Anti-Doping Rule Violation
9) Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up or any other type of intentional complicity involving an ADRV
10) Associating with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who has been found guilty of an ADRV or equivalent offence to a doping violation

 

Sanctions
Anti-Doping Rule Violations not only allow for players to be sanctioned, but for support personnel such as coaches, managers, medical personnel, trainers and officials. The use of serious doping substances for example steroids, growth hormone, EPO and various calculated doping methods for example blood transfusions will be sanctioned with four year bans. Refusing to provide or evading sample collection will now be sanctioned with bans up to four years.

 

THE PROHIBITED LIST
The Prohibited List is an international standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in sport. It was first published in 1968 by the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, the WADA has been responsible for the preparation and publication of the List, which it updates every year effective January 1.


Athletes should be aware of the classes of substances that are on the Prohibited List, and should be careful to check the status of any medication they consume to ensure that it won’t result in a positive test.


What is the Prohibited List?

• Separated into categories of substances and methods (e.g. steroids, stimulants, gene doping, recreational drugs)
• Identifies which substances are prohibited in-competition and/or out-of-competition
• Identifies which substances are prohibited in particular sports
• Distinguishes between specified and non-specified substances


How does a substance or method make the Prohibited List?
For a substance or method to be added to the Prohibited List, it must meet two out of three of the following criteria:
• There is evidence that the substance or method has the potential to enhance, or does enhance performance
• There is evidence that the substance or method represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
• WADA has determined that use of the substance or method violates the spirit of sport


The World Anti-Doping Agency issues a Prohibited List annually. For information on the Prohibited List visit -
http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Medicines_TUEs/Prohibited_List/

 

CHECKING YOUR MEDICATIONS
All players are reminded of the need to check any medication that they consume.


The following extract from an interview with gaa.ie that Brendan Cummins gave in 2013 which illustrates the importance of checking medications:

“GAA.ie: Sports people get sick like everybody else, but do you have to be extra vigilant about the medicines you take because you are subjected to drug testing?
BC: Everything has to be cleared. I worked in the Nenagh branch of AIB last October and I had a head cold and was feeling a bit sorry for myself. Without thinking I went over the road to the local pharmacy. When I asked for Lemsip, the guy behind the counter said, ‘Are you sure you are allowed to take that?’ Thank God he told me because I had forgotten all about it. I had to ring the team doctor and he told me I couldn’t have that particular one.
It’s one side of the game that people don’t realise – that a GAA player is now subject to the same controls as an athlete that is being funded by the Irish Sports Council even if he’s a lad putting out the flags at his local club one day and training with Tipp that evening. You don’t own your body anymore; the Sports Council owns it from the point of view of drug testing. It’s good to have it in the game, but it’s just another thing we have to be conscious of.”

 

Always remind your GP / Team Doctor that you are an athlete subject to drug testing. All athletes should check the status of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications using the resources below, based on were the medication was purchased. For example, if you purchased a packet of Lemsip in Dublin you should only check it on www.eirpharm.com, however, if you purchased the same packet in Antrim or whilst on holidays in another country, it must be check on www.globaldro.com. This is because the ingredients in a medication can differ from country to country, so even though a medication has the same name, and has the same type of packaging in another country, it is crucial that you check the medication in the country where you purchase it.

 

Medication Checker Resources

Republic of Ireland

  • Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked on the Drugs in Sport Database on http://www.eirpharm.com
  • For instant access to the Drugs in Sport Database, download the free 'Medication Checker' App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm - find it in the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store
  • Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current months edition is checked.

Six Counties / Britain / Canada / USA

  • Medications bought in the Six Counties, Britain, U.S.A and Canada can be checked on www.globaldro.com

Rest of the World

If you purchase medications in any other part of the world, do one of the following:

  • Use the Medication World Map to check if there are any resources for checking medications in the country you purchase the medication in
  • Check the medication against the current WADA Prohibited List on www.wada-ama.org, - print off the Prohibited List or download the Prohibited List from iTunes for the iPhone – ask a sports pharmacist or doctor to assist you when checking

Other

  • Check confidentially with the Anti-Doping Unit of the Irish Sports Council - T: 00 353 1 8608800, E: antidoping@irishsportscouncil.ie

 

If a medication is prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/tue.

 

THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTIONS (TUEs)
A TUE permits an athlete to use a prohibited substance or method if the substance or method is medically required. Athletes can only get a TUE if there is no unfair advantage from taking the substance or using the method.
Criteria for determining whether a TUE is granted are defined by the WADA:

  • The athlete would experience a significant impairment to their health without the use of the prohibited substance or method.
  • The therapeutic use of the prohibited substance or prohibited method would produce no additional enhancement of performance.
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to the use of the otherwise prohibited substance or prohibited method.

Senior Inter-County players are eligible to apply for a post-test TUE. It is important to keep dating accurate medical files and declaring all medications on the doping control form when tested.


See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Athlete-Zone/Therapeutic-Use-Exemptions-/#sthash.1vBHiL0Q.dpuf

 

SPORTS FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Sports supplements are commonly used by athletes in the hope of maximising the benefits of participating in sport. Understandably sports people can be confused about the issues around sports supplements. It is important to remember that there are risks associated with supplement use.


General Advice from the ISC


Do

  • Follow a dietary plan that will allow you to adapt your eating and drinking practices to maximise your performance.
  • Seek advice from a professional such as a Sports Dietician (e.g. a Member of the Irish Nutrition and
  • Dietetic Institute MINDI, (www.indi.ie) before taking any supplement.
  • Make sure that the professional is familiar with the WADA Prohibited List.
  • Remember that dietary alteration may replace the need for any particular supplement.
  • Remember that there is a variable level of risk associated with supplements. Vitamins and minerals produced by reputable pharmaceutical companies especially those with a marketing authorisation number such as a product authorisation (PA) number are less likely to be associated with health risks or inadvertent drug tests.
  • Check if these products are listed on www.eirpharm.com (for products bought in the Republic of Ireland) or www.globaldro.com (for products bought in the Six Counties, Britain or USA).
  • Be aware that supplements which claim to be muscle building or fat burning are more likely to be associated with contamination with anabolic steroids, stimulants and other contaminants.
  • Always remember that there are no quick fixes for improving sports performance.
  • Carry out and record online research before taking any supplement

 

Do not

  • Do not take a supplement just because a team mate or a competitor is taking it or recommends it.
  • Do not take any supplements made by a company which also manufactures substances which are on the WADA Prohibited List due to the risk of cross contamination
  • Do not take any supplements that make claims that sound too good to be true. Always validate product claims through non-biased sources.
  • Do not take any supplements made by a company which in the past has been associated with positive drugs tests.
  • Do not buy supplements either over the internet or through magazines as they are more likely to be associated with an increased risk of inadvertent doping, adverse health effects and other associated problems.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose - Remember more is not always better. Excessive use of one vitamin or mineral can have a negative impact on the availability or absorption of another. The recommended daily allowances (RDA) for vitamins and minerals should be used as a guide in determining nutritional needs.
  • Read the full Supplements and Sports Food Policy

 

The Irish Sports Council recommend against the use of sports supplements because they believe that:

  1. Correct dietary and nutritional regime will provide all the potential benefits of sports supplements.
  2. Given the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) principle of strict liability, players are opening up the possibility of inadvertent positive tests by taking supplements.
  3. It is inappropriate for any junior player to be taking supplements that could have an impact on their physical development.


Sports Nutrition Supplements Factsheets
Twenty insightful fact sheets in relation to a range of supplements such as protein, creatine, fish oils, caffeine, sports bars, gels, and contemporary medicines are available on the Institute of Sport website. These outline the potential benefits and risks of these products. To access the information, visit - http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Institute-of-Sport/Athlete_Zone/Sports_Nutrition_Supplements/


Risk Minimisation
The issue of contaminated supplements has been acknowledged by the latest version of the Anti-Doping Rules. If an athlete can establish ‘no significant fault or negligence’ then the sanction can range from a reprimand to a maximum of 2 years.

It is important to note that the World Anti-Doping Code still contains a principle of ‘strict liability’. This means that a player is wholly responsible for any prohibited substances found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether they intended to cheat or not.

If players choose to take supplements, the GAA advises them to do the following in advance:

  • Carry out online research and record findings in respect of any supplement you plan to take
  • Keep screen-shots and print outs of findings
  • Seek the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner

 

DOPING CONTROL PROCEDURES
The doping control process for GAA players is made up of five stages:

  1. Athlete selection
  2. Athlete notification
  3. Sample collection
  4. Laboratory analysis
  5. Results management


Testing of GAA players can only occur at training or games.  Click here to view a video which gives an overview of the doping control procedures.

 

WHEREABOUTS
The ISC has the ability to test players at training and at matches. The Sports Council requires 'whereabouts' information from each County which allows them to know the time and venue for each Inter-County training session in both codes. The costs of a missed test are incurred by any County that fails to supply accurate and correct information. The GAA liaises with the ISC and County Committees in respect of whereabouts.

 

RESOURCES

Irish Anti-Doping Rules

WADA Anti-Doping Code 

Check your Medications and TUE Policy 

Sample Collection Procedures 

Supplements and Sports Foods Policy 

Information of Performance Enhancing Drugs 

Irish Institute of Sport Fact Sheets – Sports Nutrition Supplements 

WADA 2015 Prohibited List 

GAA Anti-Doping Booklet

GAA Anti-Doping E-learning Course

Official GAA Website 

GAA Learning and Development Portal 

Irish Sports Council Website 

Medication Checker App 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For any queries regarding anti-doping in the GAA please contact the Games Administration and Player Welfare Department - E: playerwelfare@gaa.ie. 

 

The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can also be contacted directly at:
Anti Doping Unit
Irish Sports Council
Top Floor, Block A
Westend Office Park,
Blanchardstown,
Dublin 15.
Tel: 00353 1 8608800

E-mail: antidoping@irishsportscouncil.ie

Webiste: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping



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