The Gaelic Games Club Players Association was launched earlier this week at the Ballyboden Saint Enda’s GAA club in Dublin. The newly formed CPA has stated their mission to be the established voice of each and every GAA club at home and abroad. Sean Mc Caffrey attended the launch for the Shannonside Northern Sound sports Department and while there he caught up with the former All Ireland Club winning goalkeeper with St Brigid’s from 2013, Roscommon’s Shane Curran.
Curran who has managed Padraig Perarse’s in recent years says that the key members of the newly formed association, including the secretary, Monaghan native Declan Brennan have all shown great passion for the GAA. He feels ‘that fixture are a major issue in the game, and clarity is needed so players clan plan for things like holidays and weddings. Curran went on to add that club players should be able to plan lives around the game not have the game plan their lives. He says the CPA have a hundred day’s to sort their full agenda and in time they will come up with proposals they feel will work and “we need a buy in from all the stakeholders, the clubs and the administrators and to be fair to Pauric Duffy he is willing to sit down and talk to us and he sees us an extension of his own arm”.
The former Athlone Town goalkeeper outlined that where its not right for a club player the CPA will fight for their rights. Curran who ran as a candidate in the last general election highlighted the plight of the Kilmore club in Roscommon who had to play a county final and then a Connacht club championship game the next day coupled with the fact a prominent club member had died that weekend also. Shane explained to Sean that fundamentally if they fix the fixture problem it will provide better players and games going forward and that currently too much training is going on game clubs going forward. better players too much training going on. it’s a win win situation for county and administrators.
The former Goalkeeper also noted that the CPA is unlike the GPA with a different mandate and a different set of structures.when Sean asked him would it be difficult for people to buy in he said its not that difficult to buy in. its not a whale that will take 5 years to turn around. He stated that it was ia historical day in the GAA.
The organisation also reveled their members in key positions CPA Executive: Micheál Briody, Chairman, St Brigid’s, Meath; Declan Brennan, Secretary, Clontibret, Monaghan; Anthony Moyles, Treasurer, St Paul’s GFC/Dunshaughlin GFC, Meath; Aaron Kernan, Grassroots Co-ordinator, Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh; Liam Griffin, Fixtures Co-ordinator, St Mary’s Rosslare, Wexford; Kevin Nolan, Player Welfare Co-ordinator, Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin; Paul Kelly, Executive Member, Clan na Gael, Armagh; Greg Devlin, PR, Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator, Emyvale, Monaghan; Michael Higgins, Registration & IT Co-ordinator, Tuam Stars, Galway; Derek Kavanagh, Fixtures Co-ordinator, Nemo Rangers, Cork; Joe Passmore, Executive Member, Eoghan Rua Cúil Raithin CLG, Derry; Shane Curran, Executive Member, St Brigid’s, Roscommon; Liam Noone, Social Media Co-ordinator, Davitts, Mayo.