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O’Neills CGAA Development Day and 2019 AGM

Dates: O’Neills CGAA Development Day, December 7th, 2019; AGM, December 8th, 2019
Venue: Best Western Ville Marie, Montreal, QC
Event Hashtag: #CGAA2019

Join Us

Join County, Divisional and Club Officers from across the Canada for the O’Neills Club Development and AGM Weekend. Enjoy a full weekend of GAA development workshops, social events and the County Convention.

Who Should Attend: All clubs and divisional committees are encouraged to have a minimum of 2 delegates attend (Chairperson and Secretary, or their designates).

Benefits of Attending

  • Full day of club development workshops with professional facilitators from Ulster GAA
  • Participation in policy discussions, and voting at AGM
  • Two free nights at convention hotel (1) and a weekend in historic Montreal
  • Lunches included on Saturday and Sunday, evening social events Fri/Sat
  • O’Neills drawstring backpack for every delegate
  • O’Neills half zip for two Officers per Club and Divisional committee who attend both days (2)
  • Chance to win a full set of O’Neills training jerseys for your Club (3)
  • Chance to win O’Neills items for all social media posts that include #CGAA2019 and @oneills1918
  1. CGAA to cover cost for one hotel room for two nights for each Club and each Divisional committee.
  2. Two Half zips are designated for Club/Division Chairperson and Secretary (limit of one per person if in two roles). Half zip size of your choice guaranteed only for delegates who register online by Nov, 10th
  3. Every delegate who attends gets a single entry into the draw to win, must attend both days, must be present during draw to win

Guest speakers and workshop facilitators from Ulster GAA


Oliver Galliagan, Chairman, Ulster GAA
Oliver Galliagan is the 37th President of the Ulster Council GAA.

A life-long member of the Cavan Gaels club in county Cavan, Oliver enjoyed a long career at club level playing at senior level for 17 years, winning three county titles. Oliver represented Cavan at all levels, captaining the county to the Ulster minor title in 1967 and playing senior inter-county with Cavan from 1969 to 1973.

As an administrator Oliver is a former chairman of his club and was a member of the Cavan County Board for 15 years, acting as the Development Officer and then as the Ulster Council representative. Oliver was first elected as an Officer to the Ulster Council in 2010 and has served as PRO, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Ulster Council in this period.

Oliver has served on the Ulster Coaching and Games Development Committee, the Ulster Hurling Development Committee and the Integration Committee. He has also represented Ulster at National Level on the National Coaching Committee and for three years on the Hurling Development Committee. He has served as the chairperson of the Code of Ethics work group for 9 years, was formerly a member of the Central Hearings Committee. Oliver is also a member of the Project Steering Group for the Casement Park Project.




Brian McAvoy, Secretary, Ulster GAA

Brian McAvoy is a member of St. Mary’s GAC, Burren, a former secretary of the Down County Committee and a highly experienced GAA official. A civil servant by profession, he has worked at the heart of government affairs in recent years and has served as Principal Information Officer in a number of government departments including The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. He is currently Head of the Government Advertising Unit.




Diarmaid Marsden, Head of Community Development, Ulster GAA
Diarmaid is employed by Ulster GAA as Head of Community Development. This broad role incorporates support for Clubs and Volunteers, Promotion of the Irish Language, Health and Wellbeing and Community Outreach. He has worked for Ulster GAA for over 13 years starting off initially as Regional Coaching Development officer, switching roles to Provincial Club Coaching development Officer until taking up the role as Head of Community Development Department in 2016. Diarmaid holds a senior staff position within Comhairle Uladh and also reports back to the Management Committee on a monthly basis.

Diarmaid started his playing career with his Club, Clan na Gael, Armagh back in 1982. He won three Minor championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and two senior championships in 1993 and 1994. He had a spell as player/coach for four years and won two league titles and reached the county senior championship final in 2006. After retiring from senior football in 2008 Diarmaid turned out for the club reserve team for 5 years winning 4 Armagh reserve titles.Diarmaid went to school in St Colman’s College Newry where he won MacRory and Hogan Cups in 1993 and went on to Queens University Belfast captaining them to Sigerson cup success in 2000.At county level he played three years for Armagh minors winning an Ulster title and was narrowly beaten in All Ireland Minor final in 1992. He played senior football for Armagh for 14 years winning an All Star in 1999, four Ulster Senior Football Championships (99,00,02 and 04) and an All Ireland title in 2002.Diarmaid has been heavily involved at club level, administration and coaching, for the last ten years and is currently manager of Clan na Gael senior footballers.


Saturday, December 7th (Development Day)
10:00 – Registration opens
11:00-1:30 – Opening, introductions, Workshops 1 & 2 (concurrent)
1:30-2:30 – Lunch
2:30-6:00 – Workshops 3 & 4, Closing
6:30 – Reception and social event at Hurley’s Pub

Sunday, December 8th (AGM Day)
10:00 – AGM begins
12:00 – Lunch Break
12:45 – AGM Resumes
2:00 – AGM Concludes

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