Scariff GAA Club has announced it is hosting a Coaching Conference on February 27th entitled ‘Development of Young Players for Life in Gaelic Games’.
Paudie Butler, Former National Hurling Co-Ordinator of the GAA, Fr. Harry Bohan and Peter Casey, Coach to Clare U21 Hurling Team are among the speakers.
Speaking ahead of the event, Paudie Butler said, “I’m going to commit the rest of my life to supporting coaches and clubs who want to develop hurling. Because I know that we’re winning”
“Everything comes from your idea of what something should be. When you’re growing up as a boy, what is your archetype of being a man? If in Clare it was of the strong, slow tough hurler, they were on their way to producing hundreds more of them. If they wanted to produce more Jamesie O’Connor types, they could do that too’,
Paudie hails from the Drom & Inch club in Tipperary and is a retired school principal, former Tipperary Hurler and Footballer and former manager of Laois Senior Hurlers. In June 2008 he was appointed as the GAA’s National Hurling Co-ordinator a role he held until 2011. In that time Paudie has overseen a revolution in the education and development of coaches under the GAA’s coaching structure, which has been the single-most important factor in the development of hurling speed and skill level among today’s intercounty hurling stars.
Fr Harry Bohan, Author and Sociolgist who has dedicated much of his life to Clare Hurling added, “The GAA is in serious danger at the moment, It is so disconnected from the clubs and going further and further away. There will be no county teams, if the clubs are not fostered”
Fr Bohan is a leading social commentator and author of ‘Swimming Upstream – Finding Positives in a Negative Ireland’ where he contemplates how the deficiencies of the pillars of Church of State have failed in Ireland. His book draws on the deep rooted values of ‘Family’ and ‘Community’ which he argues are positively espoused within the GAA and its communities. In 2006 he was appointed by An Taoiseach to the Task Force on Active Citizenship. He founded the Rural Resource Centre, which was responsible for encouraging rural communities to determine their own future, resulting in the construction of almost 3,000 houses in more than 100 villages nationwide. In 1998 he founded the ‘Ceifin Centre for Values-Led societal change. His other books include ‘Roots in a Changing Society’ and ‘Community and the Soul of Ireland’.
Frequently addressed, simply as ‘Fr Harry” has was manager of the Clare Senior Hurling Team which won National League Titles in 1977 & 1978 and contested Munster Hurling Finals in 1977, 1978 and 1981. He was part of Anthony Daly’s backroom team from 2003-2006. He is current parish priest in Sixmilebridge.
Peter Casey is well known within Clare Hurling circles and has been one of Clare’s foremost coaches since his appointment in 2010. He is responsible for developing the coaching structures in the traditional hurling heartland of East Clare. Peter spends his time between clubs, schools and his current role as selector with Clare’s U21 Hurling team. Peter has forged a strong reputation on the coaching conference circuit delivering his presentation ‘Implementing a Games Based Approach to Coaching’ at the 2014 GAA Conference and most recently at the O’Neills Ulster GAA Coaching Conference.
Ronan Keanem Games Development Administrator, Clare GAA, hails from Eire Og club in Ennis and will deliver the opening presentation of this years conference on embedding Coaching Best Practice in the club. Like Peter Casey, Ronan works as Games Development administrator and oversees the development of the game in the clubs and schools of Mid Clare.