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Delegates at the 2018 Healthy Clubs conference which attracted 400 attendees. 
Delegates at the 2018 Healthy Clubs conference which attracted 400 attendees. 

GAA Healthy Clubs Conference to take place in October


The role played by GAA clubs in supporting the health and wellbeing of communities across Ireland will be explored at the 2019 Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on Saturday, October 5th.

Delegates will participate in workshops covering mental health in sport, diversity and inclusion, positive aging, and the importance of physical activity. The themes will be brought to life through practical case studies revealing initiatives rolled out by Healthy Clubs covering these themes.

The event, proudly delivered in partnership with Healthy Ireland and Irish Life, will see a further 84 GAA clubs across the 32 counties receive official recognition as ‘Healthy Clubs’, having completed Phase 3 of the project. The conference will also see the launch of Phase 4 of the award-winning Healthy Club Project, as the GAA seek to recruit another 150 clubs to participate come January 2020.

Renowned GAA coaching tutor, Paudie Butler, will discuss in his keynote address how the development of the child – including their wellbeing – lies at the heart of all good coaching and is fundamental to the principles of the Healthy Club Project.

Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton with members of his Raheny GAA club, when they received official recognition as a Healthy Club in 2017.
Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton with members of his Raheny GAA club, when they received official recognition as a Healthy Club in 2017.

Amongst the player ambassadors will be Tipperary’s All Ireland winning man-of-the-match Noel McGrath. Noel is the players’ representative on the GAA’s National Health & Wellbeing Committee and will participate in a panel discussion exploring topics including his inspirational journey back to the field of play following testicular cancer. (Additional player ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks.)

An Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to the 84 clubs that will receive official recognition as Healthy Clubs at the conference. The work they have undertaken over the course of their journey has been a credit to the Association. I also urge other clubs to attend and get involved in the Healthy Club Project. It helps the GAA live up to the values of its new manifesto: ‘Where We All Belong’. This exciting work couldn’t happen without our partners Irish Life and Healthy Ireland and I want to acknowledge their continued support for the project.”

Click HERE to book your free ticket for the conference. Lunch will be provided on the day.

For more information regarding the conference please visit www.gaa.ie/community

Congratulations to the clubs that completed Phase 3 of the Healthy Club Project and will receive official recognition at the conference. They are:

1. Lámh Dhearg Antrim

2. Ruairí Óg Cushendall Antrim

3. St. Ergnatts-Moneyglass Antrim

4. Clann Eireann (Lurgan) Armagh

5. Crosserlough Cavan

6. Kingscourt Cavan

7. Lacken Cavan

8. Robert Emmets Slaughtneill Derry

9. Desertmartin Derry

10. Baile na nGallóglach Donegal

11. Buncranncha Donegal

12. Four Masters Donegal

13. St Eunan's Donegal

14. Ardglass Down

15. Ballycran Down

16. Bredagh Down

17. Kinawley Brian Borus Fermanagh

18. Newtownbutler First Fermanaghs Fermanagh

19. Gaeil Triúcha Monaghan

20. Latton Monaghan

21. Errigal Ciaran Tyrone

22. Gortin St. Patrick's Tyrone

23. Naomh Mhic Artáin Ladies Tyrone

24. Doonbeg Clare

25. St Joseph's Doora Barefield Clare

26. Clonakilty Cork

27. Macroom Cork

28. Newtownshandrum Cork

29. Cobh Cork

30. Ballydonoghue Kerry

31. Dr. Crokes Kerry

32. Claughan Limerick

33. Galbally Limerick

34. Killeedy Limerick

35. Lorrha/Dorrha Tipperary

36. Tulach Sheasta (Newport) Tipperary

37. An Rinn Waterford

38. Dún na Mainistreach Baile na Cúirte Waterford

39. Palatine Carlow

40. Ballyboughal Rangers Dublin

41. Beann Éadair Dublin

42. Lucan Sarsfields Dublin

43. Naomh Olaf Dublin

44. O'Dwyer’s Dublin

45. Ranelagh Gaels Dublin

46. Skerries Harps Dublin

47. St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh Dublin

48. St. Sylvester’s Dublin

49. Robertstown Kildare

50. Leixlip Kildare

51. St. Laurence's Kildare

52. Conahy Shamrocks Kilkenny

53. Thomastown Kilkenny

54. Annanough Laois

55. Emmet Óg Killoe Longford

56. Clan Na Gael Louth

57. John Mitchels Louth

58. Naomh Mairtin Louth

59. Rath Tó Meath

60. Dunderry Meath

61. Na Fianna Meath

62. Navan O'Mahony's Meath

63. Syddan Meath

64. Coolderry Offaly

65. Crookedwood Westmeath

66. Lough Lene Gaels Westmeath

67. Mullingar Shamrocks Westmeath

68. Oulart-The-Ballagh Wexford

69. St. Martin's Wexford

70. Enniskerry Wicklow

71. Caherlistrane Galway

72. Castlegar Galway

73. Clarinbridge Galway

74. Ard Raithin Naomh Muire Galway

75. Aughanasheelin Leitrim

76. Glencar-Manorhamilton Leitrim

77. Breaffy Mayo

78. Castlebar Mitchels Mayo

79. Tuar Mhic Éadaigh Mayo

80. Davitts Mayo

81. Clann Na nGael Roscommon

82. St. Croan’s Roscommon

83. St. John’s Sligo

84. St. Molaise Gaels Sligo

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