Ballindine, Co. Mayo

Month: November 2012

November 28, 2012

Important information regarding new rules on mouthguards

Please see information issued by Croke Park for clubs, players and parents in relation to the use of mouthguards. These rules come into effect from 1st January 2013 for all juvenile players (up to and including U-18). From 1st January 2014 these rules will be in effect for all adult players also. Please take the time to read this lengthy article as it is important!


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) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.

Research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related.

In many sports such as rugby and hockey the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all clubs adhering strictly to a ‘no gumshield – no game’ rule.

A recent survey of Irish parents found the average cost of dental treatment for sport related dental injuries in children to be €213.14.

Studies have also shown that the overall injury risk is close to twice as high when a mouthguard is not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity.

The GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football.

This information sheet has been compiled to assist GAA Clubs and individual players in complying with the provisions of the new rule passed at Congress 2012.


There are three types of mouth guards:

Stock mouthguards are preformed and come ready to wear.

They are inexpensive and can generally be purchased in sports shops for in or around €5 each.

However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, can make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide limited protection. Dentists do not recommend their use, nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules.

Official Opro GAA/GPA stock mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.

Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought over the counter at most Sports Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouthguard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dentists do not recommend their use in general.

Typically these type of mouthguards will cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule.

Official Opro GAA/GPA boil & bite mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. These will not just offer the best protection against dental and oral injury but they should not affect performance i.e. breathing and speech should be relatively unaffected particularly if these have been worn regularly.

First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Prices can vary significantly and it is worth seeking and comparing prices from a number of practitioners before deciding to purchase. Typically a custom fitted mouth-guard should cost between €60 and €120.

However, many dental practices offer significant reductions to GAA Clubs who are ordering in bulk. GAA clubs can generally liaise with dental centres and clinics to arrange for someone to visit the club on a given day to take dental impressions from a number of players.

Custom fitted mouthguards purchased in bulk in this manner should cost around €30 to €50 each.

To find a list of dentists and dental centres in your area, you can use the Find a Dentist function on the Irish Dental Associations Website:



The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference.

There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.

In terms of underage players, it should be borne in mind that teeth and mouths are still developing up until about 12 years of age and young players may grow out of custom fitted mouthguards over a period time. However, your dental practitioner is ultimately in the best position to advise in this context.


The GAA recognise that Clubs may be worried about compliance with the new rules and specifically what will happen if a player forgets or does not have a mouthguard on the day of a game.

The suggestion in this context is that each Club should purchase a supply of the Stock or Boil and Bite mouthguards for use in such situations.

If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will incur the penalty as outlined in (Rule 6.2, Rules of Foul Play, The Playing Rules of Football, Official Guide, Part II, 2012) ‘Caution the offender; order off if he persists’.


1. When does the new rule come into effect?

A. From January 1st 2013, all players playing in grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.

2. When does the ruling come into effect for adult players?

A. From January 1st, 2014 all players at all grades will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and practice sessions.

3. What will happen if I am not wearing a mouthguard in a game?

A. If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send him off.

4. Who is responsible for ensuring mouthguards are worn at training or practice sessions?

A. It is a matter for each Club to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. Clubs and players should note that Players will not be covered under the player injury scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard.

5. Do players have to wear a mouthguard in hurling games?

A. No. The new rule only applies to football; however, wearing a mouthguard when playing hurling does reduce the risk of dental injury.

6. I am a Minor playing on an adult team in 2013. Do I have to wear a mouthguard?

A. Not in 2013. The wearing of mouthguards in 2013 is compulsory at all age grades up to minor. However, a player playing at U-21 or adult level in 2013 is not required to wear a mouthguard under rule. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.

7. Our Club has a nursery, are children in these juvenile age groups exempt from wearing a mouthguard?

A. No. The Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee advise that children should begin wearing a mouthguard at whatever age they start playing.

Young mouths need protecting too and if players start wearing mouthguards at a young age this will add greatly to the development of a culture of wearing mouthguards in Gaelic Football.

8. Does the new rule regarding the wearing of mouthguards apply to Cumann na mBunscol games?

A. Yes.

9. If so, who is responsible for ensuring that they should be worn?

A. In general it is a matter for each Club to ensure this; however, in this case it is a matter for each School to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions.

To avoid a scenario whereby children may forget their mouthguard, the GAA recommends that Schools purchase a reserve of stock mouthguards.

10. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Second Level games?

A. Yes. From January 1st 2013, all Second Level players will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.

11. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Third Level games?

A. Not in 2013. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.

12. Does this apply to overseas players?

A. Yes.

13. I’m a referee – do I have to check all players mouths before a game to ensure compliance?

A. Referee’s will not be expected to individually check players before a game; however, if a Referee notices that a player is not wearing a mouthguard, he should caution the player and if the player still refuses to wear one, he should be sent off.

14. A supplier of custom fitted mouthguards has contacted my club and offered to measure players for custom fitted guards, what does the GAA advise?

A. It is a matter for each individual club to decide whether they want to engage with industry suppliers in this context or not. The GAA nationally has no preferred suppliers in this area.

15. Which type of mouthguard should I purchase?

A. The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.

16. I currently wear orthodontic braces, what are my options?

A. It has been noted that children wearing orthodontic braces and wishing to play Gaelic football will be particularly concerned about the rule change; however, the GAA recommends that these players seek advice from a range of dental practitioners on the most appropriate solution for them.

17. Is there an official GAA/GPA mouthguard?

A. Official Opro GAA/GPA stock and boil & bite mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Games & Player Welfare Administrator Ruairí Harvey: Telephone: (0) 1 865 8685; E-mail: ruairi.harvey@gaa.ie

November 27, 2012

Davitts AGM review

Davitts GAA Club held a well attended AGM in the Community Centre in Irishtown on Sunday Nov 25th

In an excellent Secretary’s report, Ronan Kirrane reviewed a very successful year with the Intermediate team’s appearance in the All-Ireland Final followed by the retention of senior status being a big highlight. A very successful year for the junior team, the winning of the County U-21 C title and a County League title for the U-16 team were also commended.

The re-emergence of Michael Conroy and Colm Boyle for the Mayo senior team, culminating in their fine performances in the All-Ireland Senior Final, was another highlight, while the selection of Ronan McNamara, Aidan McTigue, Fearghal McGrath and Josh Ronayne for the Mayo Junior team and Donal Ronayne for the Mayo Minors was a good indication of the healthy state of the Davitts Club.

He thanked the management of all the teams in the club, the players for their commitment, physio Olive Treacy, the committee members and ticket sellers. He thanked everyone who supported the club and bought Presto and County Board tickets and also the wonderful sponsors especially the main sponsor Pat McHugh and Sons, who have been so good to Davitts throughout the years.

The Club looks forward to being very competitive again next season at all grades.

The following officers were elected:

Patron: Fr. Martin O Connor

Presidents: Patsy Higgins and Michael Mooney

Chairman: Frank Hyland

Vice Chairman: Michael Waldron

Secretary: Ronan Kirrane

Assistant Secretary: Sean Higgins

Treasurer: Billy Kearns

Assistant Treasurer: John A Noone

PRO: Joe Reapy

County Board Delegate: Sean Higgins

South Board Delegates: Michael Waldron and Michael Hynes

Coaching Officer: Liam Nyland

Childrens Officer: Ann Ronayne

Scor Officer: Darina Daly

Bord Na nOg:

Chairman: Liam Nyland

Secretary: Darina Daly

Treasurer: JP Kirrane

November 26, 2012

Boyler shortlisted for TG4 Cúl ná Bhlian

Colm Boyle has been nominated for the TG4 Cúl ná Bhlian, which will be shown on (you guessed it) TG4 on Christmas Day. His goal against Kerry in the League Semi Final showed skill, strength and determination so it is no surprise to see it nominated. There are some top class goals in this year’s football section, so fair play to Boyler for making it to the shortlist.

Incidentally, this goal was actually Boyler’s second best goal in 2012. His goal in the dying minutes against Breaffy a few weeks ago was easily better. But unfortunately due to funding cutbacks, TG4 did not have cameras in Breaffy that day!

To vote for Boyler’s second best goal of the year visit:


November 26, 2012

Davitts GAA Club Committee

Committee Members as of 2016

Please click the above photo to enlarge.

Back Row L-R: Sean Higgins, Larry Daly, Joe Reapy, Louis Prendergast, Tom Garvey, Michael Hynes, Anthony Hennelly, John Noone.

Front Row L-R: Billy Kearns, Anna Noone, Michael Waldron, Breda Waldron, Lucy Daly, Frank Hyland, Darina Daly, Ronan Kirrane, JP Kirrane.

November 25, 2012

Davitts GAA Club Officers & Team Management 2015

Michael Mooney
PresidentPatsy Higgins  
Vice PresidentLouis Prendergast  
Vice PresidentMick Roche  
PatronFr. Martin O’Connor  
ChairmanFrank Hyland087 7806124


Vice ChairmanLawrence Daly087 6800808jdalybuilders@gmail.com
SecretaryRonan Kirrane087 9520169ronkirrane@gmail.com
Assistant SecretaryNoel Reapy087 6140516


TreasurerMichael Waldron087 6800808waldronaccountancy@hotmail.com
Assistant TreasurerJohn A. Noone087 9229566 
Assistant TreasurerJP Kirrane087 9402037


County Board DelegateSean Higgins086 1984588seanhiggins7@eircom.net
South Board DelegateMichael Waldron087 6800808waldronaccountancy@hotmail.com
South Board DelegateMichael Hynes087 9567852 
Children’s OfficerAnn Ronayne087 6973587


Scór OfficerDarina Daly087 9578934d.daly2@live.ie
PROJoe Reapy086 8156254joereapy@hotmail.com
Senior Team ManagementMartin Connolly087 6328493 
 Liam Nyland087 6417649


 Thomas Trench087 9115567 
Junior Team ManagementLawrence Daly087 6800808jdalybuilders@gmail.com
 Joe Reapy086 8156254joereapy@hotmail.com
 Tommy Ronayne087 2043218 
U-21 Team ManagementBilly Kearns087  2020016billykearns@esb.ie
 Joe Reapy086 8156254joereapy@hotmail.com
 Liam Nyland087 6417649


Davitts GAA Bord na nÓg Officers & Team Management 2015

Liam Nyland
087 6417649
SecretaryDarina Daly087 9578934d.daly2@live.ie
TreasurerJP Kirrane087 9402037


Coaching OfficerLiam Nyland087 6417649liamnyland@yahoo.co.uk
Minor Team ManagerJP Kirrane087 9402037


U-16 Team ManagerDeclan Kirrane087 9840107declan.kirrane@gmail.com
U-15 Team ManagerDeclan Kirrane087 9840107declan.kirrane@gmail.com
U-14 Team ManagerDerek Byrne087 2919334liverpoolderek@gmail.com
U-13 Team ManagerDerek Byrne087 2919334liverpoolderek@gmail.com
U-12 Team ManagerJohn Costello  
U-11 Team ManagerJohn Costello  
U-10 Team ManagerDeclan McLoughlin087 0507047 
U-8 Team ManagerAnna Noone086 8141734 
November 20, 2012

Sunderland supremo swoops for psychologists (or is that psychos?)

Sunderland supremo swoops for psychologists (or is that psychos?)

Hot on the heels of Donegal manager Jimmy McGuinness’ much publicised move to Celtic, Martin O’Neill, on hearing about Davitts great success in the Mayo Minor League Division 3 Final, invited two of the selectors, Paul Carey and Tom “Dandy” Kearns over to England to give a pep talk to his struggling Sunderland team.

O’Neill was mightily impressed with our two heroes and said that he would be willing to offer Dandy a contract as a sports psychologist as he had a calming influence on the players. Davitts club are considering taking action against Sunderland over this illegal approach. It is no co-incidence that Sunderland’s poor run ended at the weekend when they defeated Fulham. PC and Dandy are seen here pictured with Sunderland and Ireland winger James McClean.

November 20, 2012

Seniors v Shrule-Glencorrib – Match Report

Davitts senior team eased their relegation worries with two more valuable league points away to Shrule-Glencorrib on Sunday in a game played in atrocious conditions. Davitts were quickly into their stride and with Michael Conroy in majestic form at centre half forward, had raced into a 2-8 to 0-3 lead by halftime. The goalscorers were the evergreen Dave McDonagh and energetic midfielder Paul Carey.

Davitts relaxed somewhat in the second half but they were never in any danger of losing and a third goal, scored by McDonagh after superb work by Conroy and James Cummins put paid to the homesider’s challenge.

Manager Pete Warren was able to introduce five subs (3 debutants) as Davitts ran out the easy 3-12 to 0-10 winners. Davitts opponents in their final league game will be Mayo and Connaught Intermediate champions, Charlestown.

Outstanding for Davitts in this game were Tommy Nolan, James Cummins, Kevin Gallagher, Paul Carey, Colm Boyle, David McDonagh and man of the match Michael Conroy.

Davitts team: Mark Diskin, Colm Roche, Tommy Nolan, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Ronayne, Alan Roche, James Cummins, Ronan McNamara (0-1), Paul Carey (1-1), Colm Boyle (0-1), Michael Conroy (0-6), Liam Kearns, Aidan McTigue (0-2), David McDonagh (2-0), Thomas Waldron (0-1). Subs used: Martin Cosgrove, Donal Ronayne, Liam Noone, David Mitchell, Cathal Higgins.

November 14, 2012

About Davitts GAA Club

Davitts GAA Club is in the parish of Kilvine. The first football teams in the parish were formed after the ending of the Civil War (1923-1924) – a team in Irishtown and a team in Ballindine. Gaelic football was still in it’s infancy in the parish during the 20’s and 30’s, with no rules and no definite number of players on each side. Championship games took place only between the larger towns. The smaller local teams depended on challenge games among themselves.

In the early 1950s more concerted efforts were made to bring some organisation to football in the parish. The two teams of Irishtown and Ballindine amalgamated and affiliated in 1952. The team took part in the South Mayo Junior Championship of that year but without any success. Mattie Sheridan was the first chairman of the club with Laddie Griffith acting as secretary. The club was called Ballindine and the opposition at the time was provided by Hollymount, Carramore, Garrymore, Shrule, Kilmaine and The Neale, among others.

Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s the team played under the name ‘Ballindine’ at one point and ‘Irishtown’ at another. At one stage the name ‘St. Josephs’ was also used. Since the name of the club seemed to be a bone of contention at times, it was decided to try and settle on a name to unite both sides of the parish. At a meeting in the People’s Hall in Ballindine in 1974, it was decided that the club be named ‘Davitts’. Initially, this name was to be on a trial basis for one year but has lasted ever since. The first chairman of Davitts GAA Club was Joe Turner.

The name Davitts was only a year old when the club won silverware for the first time in 1975 by beating Hollymount in the O’Meara Cup Final on the last Sunday of the year. In the next three years, Davitts took part in two County Intermediate Finals, but were beaten by Lacken in 1976 and Kiltimagh in 1978. It was to be third time lucky in 1981 however, as Davitts took their first Intermediate county championship title by defeating Tourmakeady.

The Championship victory was no doubt helped by the club’s participation in the Senior League for the first time this same year. Few people would have imagined when playing Senior football for the first time in the club’s history that Davitts would go on to compete in the Senior League Final against Ballina Stephenites – and emerge victorious. Davitts had completed the remarkable double of Intermediate Championship and Senior League in 1981, a truly outstanding achievement for a small club. In 1983, Davitts contested the Senior Championship final against Knockmore, but were defeated in a somewhat controversial game.

If the early eighties belonged to the Senior team, then there can be no doubt that the U-21 team were the stars of the mid-eighties. In a feat which was never accomplished before in Mayo, or indeed since, the U-21’s winning three successive U-21 ‘A’ County Championships (’84 – ’86).

Winning the Senior Division 1 League in 1996 was the last major honour that Davitts claimed until the famous achievements of the Senior team in 2011, when Davitts won their first Championship title in 30 years in McHale Park on 16th October, defeating a gallant Burrishoole side in the Intermediate County Final. Davitts went on to be crowned Intermediate Champions of Connacht, defeating Roscommon team Padraig Pearse in style. All Ireland glory was a bridge too far however, as Kerry and Munster champions Milltown-Castlemaine ended Davitts memorable Championship run in the All Ireland final staged in Croke Park on 12th February 2012.

Davitts has always had a tradition of strong underage teams, resulting in numerous county titles down through the years. The quality of underage training and mentoring in Davitts GAA Club is exemplified by the strong pipeline of high quality players that graduate to the Senior team on a regular basis. The Bord ná n-Óg strive to improve and encourage every juvenile player available, and of course welcome any youngster interested in joining our club.

November 5, 2012

Winners (so far) of €100 club and county draw 2012 from Davitts GAA Club

Congratulations to the winners of €100 club and county draw 2012 from Davitts GAA Club. The winners shared €2300 in the draw ranging in value from €100 to €500. There are still more draws to come.

Patrick Hopkins Jnr.

Sean Kirrane

Brendan Bermingham (Twice).

Pat Ronayne

Veronica Keadin

Kieran & Jonathan Kilkenny

Paddy Sheridan.

November 4, 2012

AGM on 25th November

Davitts GAA club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 25th of November at 6pm in The Community Centre Irishtown. Members are asked to put forward motions by the 11th of November to the club secretary. Paid up members have full voting rights at the AGM. Purchasers of the club and county draw tickets are recognised as full members. GAA rules state that non members or U18’s do not have voting rights at an AGM. All members are requested to attend. New members welcome!

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