Two Cork sides in Celtic Challenge Cup Finals this weekend

Rebel Og are delighted to announce that two Cork sides have qualified for the finals of 2018 Celtic Challenge competition.

Tier 1 Final will be : Cork East will play Galway McDonoughs at 2.20pm

Tier 2 Final will be : Cork West will play Tipperary South at 12.30pm

For 2018, a total of 41 teams with over 1,200 players will play in 135 games – including 5 Finals – as part of the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge

  • The Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge is a competition for players, aged 16 and 17 years old, who are not participating in Leaving Cert Examinations during May and June 2018. 41 teams will participate in the competition.
  • The programme will run from Wednesday 2nd May to Saturday 30th June 2018.
  • The ethos of the competition is a developmental one, where an 8 week programme of meaningful games is supplemented by a 1 to 1 ratio of games to training.
  • Each team will play a minimum of 5 games through a programme that is structured on the basis of Group Stages, Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals).
  • The Group Stages will consist of 8 Groups of teams selected on a geographical and developmental basis. Matches at the Group Stages will be played on Wednesdays.
  • After the Group Stages, teams will be graded on foot of their performance and will be assigned to 1 of 5 Divisions prior to participating in the Preliminaries (Quarter-Finals) and Play-Offs (Semi-Finals) where they will play against opposition of a comparative developmental level.


Feile Skills Iomaint & Peil 2018.

On Saturday 12th of May, Rebel Og are holding a Feile Skills competitions on Saturday 12th of May which will be hosted by Rebel Og Coaching. The venue for the event will be confirmed in the coming days. 

The County final section will take place on 19th of May.

Attached below are information on the hurling skills and football skills.


Feile-na-nÓg-Skillstar – Football

Munster U15 Hurling Inter-Regional Championship

On May 5th, the Munster U15 regional tournament will take place with four Cork side’s taken part. Cork will be represented by Cork City, Cork North, Cork East and Cork Mid-West.

All you need to know on the games are outlined below.

Group 1
Dr Morris Pk
North Tipperary
Cork City
East Waterford
Mid Clare
Coord: Dinny Maher
11.00am North Tipperary v Cork City
Ref: Eamon Stapleton(Limk)
11.00am East Waterford v Mid Clare
12.30pm North Tipperary v Mid Clare
Ref: E.Stapleton(Limk)
12.30pm East Waterford v Cork City
Ref: C.Maguire (Clare
2.00pm Cork City v Mid Clare
Ref:G Howard (Tipp) C.Doyle
2.00pm East Waterford v North Tipperary
Ref: C.Maguire (Clare
Group 2
East Cork
West Waterford
South/East Limerick
Coord: Barry Dunne
11.00am East Cork v West Waterford
Ref: K.Jordan (Tipp)
12.45pm South/East Limerick v East Cork
2.30pm West Waterford v South/East Limerick
Ref:K.Jordan (Tipp)
Group 3
Mid/West Cork
South Tipperary
North Clare
Coord: Colm Crowley
11.00am Kerry v Mid/West Cork
11.00am South Tipperary v North Clare
12.30pm Kerry v North Clare
Ref:Pa O’Driscoll (Cork)
12.30pm South Tipperary v Mid/West Cork
2.00pm Kerry v South Tipperary
2.00pm Mid/West Cork v North Clare
Ref:Pa O’Driscoll (Cork)
Group 4
North Cork
Mid Tipperary
East Clare
City/West Limerick
Coord: Peter Casey
11.00am North Cork v Mid Tipperary
Ref: Joe Mullins (Clare)
11.00am East Clare v City/West Limerick
Ref: M.Sexton(Limk)
12.30pm North Cork v City/West Limerick
Ref: Joe Mullins (Clare)
12.30pm East Clare v Mid Tipperary
Ref: John O’Halloran(Limk)
2.00pm Mid Tipperary v City/West Limerick
Ref: John O’Halloran(Limk)
2.00pm East Clare v North Cork
Ref: M.Sexton(Limk)


Games in Groups 1,3 & 4 are 20 minutes a side. Games in Group 2 are 30 mins

  1. Top teams in each Group qualify for semi finals.
  2. In the case of two teams finishing level the ‘head to head’ game first will decide. If a draw then least scores conceded will decide
  3. Unlimited Substitutions



Semi Finals


Winner Group 1


Winner Group 2

Winner Group 3


Winner Group 4



Plate Final

Co ord:

Kevin O’Callaghan

Club based mini-U8 blitzs details

On Sunday afternoon details of the first Club Mini U8 Football Blitz was announced.

Organised by Rebel Og Coaching GDA Colm Crowley, the blitzes take place on April 28th.

In total 113 clubs will enter an amazing 234 teams across 24 host venues.

Across all the pitches, there will be 351 games taking place with over 2,000 players playing.

U8 Football Blitz to take place

Big weekend in Rebel Og Monster Blitz as U8 Football Blitz set to take place.

This season will see some changes in the Rebel Og Coaching Monster Blitzes.

The opening competition for 2018 season will see U8 footballers from around Cork City and County making their way to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

On Monday afternoon, the booking for this event opened and clubs MUST fill in this form to book their place on the course.

Time shots for the event will be confirmed once all bookings have been made.

To book your clubs place on Saturday 24th March all you need to do is click the fill and follow the instructions

Registration will close at 6pm on Friday 16th of March and clubs will be notified of their time frame on Saturday 17th of March.



The Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarking 2020 Vision winners have been announced.

Winners are divided in to 3 categories with the top clubs receiving the “Gold” accolade and the silver and bronze being awarded based on criteria set out at the start of each year.

The criteria is designed to point clubs in the direction of coaching and games best practice to help them improve playing standards and increase participation at player and mentor level.

2017 has seen the highest ever number of applications with 106 clubs applying for accreditation.

Games Manager, Kevin O Callaghan says “it shows the great work going on in our clubs throughout the county and all our club Coaching Officers deserve huge credit for the effort they put in to steering their clubs to achieve accreditation. Our GDA’s also deserve immense credit for the work they do in supporting the clubs and  Coaching Officers throughout the county. I would like to congratulate all clubs on their accreditation and would encourage clubs to strive towards achieving the Gold standard by 2020 or before it.”

Clubs who have been successful are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday next February 24th in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The clubs will receive their awards on the day and the club coaches will be treated to 3 workshops. Jason Ryan (football), Kieran Kingston (hurling) and Dr Ed Coughlan (Skills acquisition) will work with coaches and demonstrate models of best practice that coaches can take back to their own club players for the year ahead.


Details of the winners are below.

GAA Foundation Course

GAA Foundation Course


The GAA Foundation Course is the first step in coaching at any age level. Foundation Courses are open to all Clubs, Schools, Individuals & Sporting organisations. With legislation now in place its advisable that all adult mentors and coaches of teams must have a minimum of Foundation Course completed before they can become a coach.

This also applies to Cul Camps, Easter Camps & Halloween Camps etc. (this does not apply to younger club members helping out at these camps) . There must be a certified Coach in charge at all times for any club activity involving games, training or camp activities.

The Foundation Course is also the first step in progressing to Award 1 and Award 2. Going forward clubs will have to have coaches qualified at Award 1 or Award 2 involved in their adult teams to comply with legislation. As a “Foundation Coach” you must be either coaching/assisting or actively involved with an underage team & you must attend a minimum of 2 workshops provided by Cork Coaching & Games throughout the year.

The Foundation Award course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop Hurling or Gaelic football. The course is 7 ½ hours in duration (or 9 hours for dual hurling and football course) and covers 4 key modules, as well as Introductory and Conclusion modules.

These 4 modules are:

• Introduction to Games

• Skill Development

• Movement Skills

• Coaching Children, Youths and Adults

The focus of the course is the development of the ‘How to Coach’ skills by placing the participant in situations that they will face as coaches – the organisation of games activities, activities to develop skill and activities to develop the various movement skills.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

• Assist a coach in organising a programme of Games and Skill Development activities appropriate to each participants needs and abilities

• Identify the Skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities (drills and fun games) to develop 5 key skills

• Assist a coach in organising progressive activities to develop movement skills appropriate to Gaelic games

• Assist a coach in organising and managing players for an effective practice session

• Demonstrate the How to Coach Skills – Build Rapport, Observe, Analyse, Explain, Provide Demonstration and Provide Positive Feedback to Players


If your club wishes to run a Foundation Coaching Course in the 7 month period between October and April contact your club secretary first. Your club secretary will have to contact Coach Education Officer Shane Supple to check availability and book your course at

A course can only be booked by the club secretary through Shane Supple. The course fees are €250 per course, payable before the course starts. If a school wishes to run a Foundation course pleases contact Shane Supple Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at

Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Certification

• Any person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must provide proof from the club Coaching Officer that they have assisted in a minimum of 8 coaching/training sessions with their club. (A letter on headed paper signed by the Coaching Officer stating the location, dates and times these sessions took place will be required) This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards
Download form here Foundation Course Coaching Officer verification form 2017

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must attend at least 2 workshops run by Cork Coaching & Games during the year. Registration at Workshop on the night will suffice

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must provide proof from the club Coaching Officer that they have completed the “Child Protection Awareness Workshop”.(A letter on headed paper signed by the Coaching Officer stating the location, date and time this workshop took place will be required) This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards.  Download form here Foundation Course Child Protection Awarness Workshop verification form 2017

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must provide proof of Garda Vetting. Notification from club secretary or Coaching Officers stating you have done Garda Vetting will suffice.This does not stop anyone from doing the course, this is to receive your Certificate afterwards

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must complete all modules of the course.

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must be over 18 years of age.

• Any Person wishing to receive a Foundation Certificate must supply to the course tutor the following information. Name, Address, DOB, Gender, Phone, Club, Email. (without this information your Cert cannot be processed)

• Complete payment for the course by the individual or club.

*It is up to the participant to complete and provide all of the above before you will receive your Foundation Certificate.

**If you are not a member of a club ie: teacher or person in 3rd level education you can still attend a course but please contact Shane Supple regarding your circumstances.

Foundation Courses for Clubs

Courses are run for 7 months of the year so if your club wishes to complete a Foundation Coaching Course during any the following months October, November, December, January, February, March & April the club secretary will have to book your course with Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at at least 4 weeks in advance of your course.

• Your club has to have a minimum of 12 participants to run a course

• Participants must be Over 18 years of age to complete a GAA run Foundation Course. Students can take part in courses run in Schools for TY.

• Participants who do not complete the full course will not receive certification

• The cost of a Foundation Course for a club is €250 for up to 20 participants.

• A Deposit & Administration Fee of €25 must be paid online before any course will be registered and tutors assigned.

• If your club will have more than 20 participants the cost will be €450 as two tutors are required

• All payments for courses are to be paid in advance of course beginning

• Please let Shane Supple know the number of participants you believe you club will have for your course when you are booking

• Bookings are to be made by email through your club secretary only.

• The Foundation Coaching Course is 9 hours for a Dual Course and 7.5 hours for a single code

• The course can be done in the following formats: 3 hrs on a Friday night and 6 hrs on the Saturday OR over 2 weeknights either in the same week or spread out over 2 or 3 weeks

• When you are booking please give details of which format you would like and what date you would like

• Dates will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so we cannot guarantee the date you are looking for

Please refer to Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Cerification which applies to anyone wishing to take a course

Facilities for a GAA Foundation Course

To run a GAA Foundation Course in your club you will need the following facilities

• Clubs need a hall minimum 2 badminton courts in size (preferably bigger)

• Clubs need a meeting room capable of holding the number of people who will be doing the course

• Access to a Pitch or Astro Turf area or Training pitch will be needed.

Individual Bookings

If your club does not have 12 participants to run your own course or you are not a member of your local GAA Club we can still accommodate you

• Individuals can email Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at with their names and include the following details – Name, Club, Mobile Number and Email Address and the course they wish to attend.

• Club secretaries can also email Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at with the Names, Club, Mobile Numbers and Email Addresses of members of their club who wish to do a Foundation Course

• The cost for an individual is €20

• Payment by individuals is to be made at the course they attend or they can pay online here before hand

• If payment is not secured participants cannot complete the course and will not receive certification

• Participants must be over 18 years of age to complete a GAA run Foundation Course. Students can take part in courses run in Schools for TY.

• Participants who do not complete the course will not receive certification

• After individuals names are submitted they will be contacted as to what club course they can attend

• We will endeavor to place individuals on club courses convenient to them

If there are no club courses suitable and if numbers suffice a course will be organised for these individuals at a convenient location. Please refer to Guideline & Requirements for Foundation Course Cerification which applies to anyone wishing to take a course

GAA Foundation Course for Schools

If a school wishes to run a Transition Year Students Foundation course pleases contact Shane Supple Coach Education Officer Shane Supple at or your local GDA.


Child Protection Awareness Workshop

As part of the basic GAA Approved Foundation/Award 1 course, each person must complete a “Child Protection Awareness Workshop” before they receive certification and its up to the club to provide this workshop for participants. If any club or individual’s are taking part in a GAA Foundation Course they must also complete a Child Protection Workshop before they can receive certification for Foundation Courses.

For more information please follow this link Child Protection Awareness

Monster Blitz in P.Ui Chaoimh

Please note that we are coming to the end of another excellent year of Monster Blitzes.

The yearly planner had outlined that Fé 8 finals would take place on the 7th October (football) and the 14th October (hurling).

In order to allow these games be played in the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh, we are running the finals on the 14th October (football) and the 21st October (hurling).  The codes are now aligned to the county senior football and hurling final weekends.

Should your club wish to enter the football or hurling finals day, then please complete the form linked at the bottom of this e mail.

Note that games will be held throughout the day to allow all clubs the opportunity to play as we only have the 4G pitch at our disposal.

The form for registration is attached on the link below and will be available on the website also.

This process will close on the 6th October for the 14th October blitz and the 13th October for the hurling on the 21st.

Clubs will be informed of their time slots no later than Monday before each blitz.

As these are finals days, we will have the option for clubs to buy medals for their players to be presented by senior inter county players. These medals will need to be pre ordered on the form below and there will be a charge of €2 per medal which can be paid on the day.

I would ask all secretaries to forward this e mail to the club Fe 8 managers.


Kevin O Callaghan

Cork Games Development Manager

Monster Blitz take place this weekend 

Rebel Og Coaching Monster Blitz will continued on Saturday with teams signing up to take part over the past number of days. 

Seven clubs will played hosts to Saturday’s #monsterblitz with Glen Rovers, Tracton, Ballyhea, Carrigtwohill, Cloughduv, Kilmeen
If you are attending any of the #monsterblitz make sure to use the hash take and we will tell Cork.

Monster Blitz take place

Monster Blitz were back on the cards today as teams across Cork took place. The event is organised by Rebel Og Coaching. Check out some of the photos from the events below. 

Monster Blitz continue with Rebel Og Coaching 

Schools are back and the first weekend after the first full week of school, Rebel Og Coaching have their Monster Blitz programme back in action.

In all four cornersof the county Games Developments Administrators are busy working with clubs in arranging  the dates times and venues for all these games. 

For more information on any of the above follow the link to each page

Monster Blitz Programme CLICK HERE,

U9 league schedule CLICK HERE

U10 league schedules CLICK HERE

U11 league schedules CLICK HERE