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Details of Dermot Earley Day, Saturday 14th July

July 12th, 2018

Details of Dermot Earley Day, Saturday 14th July



Comhairle Chúige Chonnachta


Connacht GAA

Dermot Earley

Academy Day 2018

Date: Saturday 14th July 2018

Venue: Connacht GAA Centre

This year the Connacht GAA U15 Development programme will culminate with the Dermot Earley Academy day in the Connacht GAA centre.

Throughout the last number of years this day has been evolving and has become the highlight of the year for all our County U-15 players in Connacht.

We are delighted to make this day and its programme synonymous with one of the greatest players of all time and particularly when he is one of our own.

Much has been recorded about Dermot’s contribution to the game as a player and coach/manager. He had all the great qualities that one would wish to bestow on the ‘Ideal player’. His majestic exploits on the field were smoothly complemented by his ability to imbue in others an intrinsic love for the game through his inspirational leadership.

There is no cup for this event because the programme is about the process- development, rather than the outcome-winning.

As a consequence of this programme all players and teams should be winners.

Nine squads will participate and all players will get meaningful playing time.



Dermot Earley Academy Day 2018

The Provincial Talent Academy days are blitzes involving County Academy panels at U-14, U-15 and U-16 age groups. These blitzes are organised by the Connacht GAA Coaching & Games Committee with the Connacht GAA Ted Webb, (U-16) played off in August/September, the Connacht GAA Sean Purcell Blitz day, (U-14), played in August and the Connacht GAA Dermot Earley Blitz day, (U-15), in July & August.

U15 Blitz 2018

The Connacht GAA Dermot Earley Academy Blitz Day Gaelic involves a total of 9 teams representing the 5 provincial Counties. Players taking part must be under 15 years of age on the 1st of January 2018, i.e. have a date of birth between January 1st and December 31st 2003.


The venue for the tournament is the Connacht GAA Centre, Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co Mayo. The centre is located on the main Ballyhaunis to Knock road (R323). A map of the various venues is available on the Tournament website.

Venue Coordinator- Cathal Cregg

Management Meeting

Each Team are asked to have a team mentor available for competition briefing at 9am in the Connacht GAA Council room, (located upstairs in the centre).

Changing facilities

On arrival at the venue each participating team are asked to check in at reception where they will be briefed on the set up on the day, (pitch layout, dressingroom complex, house rules etc).

As we have 8 teams competing on the day, each team will have access to a changing room for togging out only. We cannot allocate a changing room to each team for the duration of the day.

On finishing the competition each team will be allocated a changing room to be used for togging in.


We ask all counties to please leave the facilities as you found them.

All teams are reminded that football boots are not permitted to be worn inside the building.

There is no chewing gum permitted within the building



A snack(Filled Roll & Bottle of Water), will be available to each participating team and mentors at the end of the tournament.

The allocations for each county will be based on panels of 24 players & 3 mentors.

Participating teams are encouraged to supply any nutritional requirements during the day for their own players.

Medical Arrangements

The Medical cover on the day will be provided by the Order of Malta-

Each participating County is asked to ensure that adequate physiotherapy and first aid cover is available from within also.


“Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor)”.

It is the responsibility of all players to wear mouthguards.

No Mouthguard- No game


Games Schedule

Round 1-

Team 1                                                 Team 2                                 Pitch      Throw in

Galway Maroon                 v              Mayo Green                          1                 10am

Mayo Red                            v              Leitrim                                  4                 10am

Galway White                    v              Sligo Black                            5                 10am

Roscommon                   v                  Sligo White                           3                10am



Round 2-

Team 1                                                 Team 2                                 Pitch      Throw in

Sligo White                         v              Galway Maroon                   4              11am

Leitrim                                v              Galway White                       1               11am

Sligo Black                         v                Mayo Red                            3               11 am

Roscommon                       v              Mayo Green                          2               11am


Competition Rules

  1. Games will be played on a normal size Gaelic games pitch.
  2. Each team to play 2 games.
  3. A size 5 Gaelic football will be used in all matches
  4. All Games will start and finish as per scheduled time.
  5. An Official Team Sheet shall be handed to the Competition Coordinator at the Management meeting on the morning of the competition. The players shall wear the allocated jersey number for the duration of the competition.
  6. Games will be played on a 15 a side basis over 20 minutes per half with an interval of 2 minutes
  7. Player that is fouled takes the free.
  8. Kickouts from the ground(20metre line)
  9. Substitutions:

■ Each squad can be made up of a maximum of 24 players. Games are played on a 15-a-side basis. Rolling substitutions are in operation. There is no limit to the number of substitutions made per game provided:

– Substitutions take place during a break in play

– The referee is notified that a substitution is to be made – a substitution slip is not required.

– Players enter and leave the field between where the 65m lines intersect the sideline

10. All Mentors to remain outside the playing are

11.Teams are asked to cooperate with Field stewards at all times.


For further information on the competitions contact;

Cathal Cregg,

Games Manager,

Connacht GAA

Phone: 094)9630335