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Restructuring Minor Competitions

Please read below the fundamental changes proposed by DCB in regards to Minor age group which will come into effect Jan 2018. We will putting a working group together which will consist of representatives from each affected age group, section & code to discuss and consider club response. We’ll make contact in the next few days to arrange the working group, Regards Fergal McStay

GAA Congress in 2016 decided that to be eligible for Inter-County Minor in 2018 a player shall be under 17 years of age on 1st January 2018.


The County Management Committee requested Ken O’Sullivan to chair a working group to consider the impact of the change under the following brief and make recommendations;


·       The Potential Impact of Inter-County Minor(U17) Competitions on Dublin Club Competitions from 1/1/2018;

·       Views to be sought from Adult CCC, Coaching& Games Development, Bórd na nÓg, CCC1 and CCC2;



From 1st January 2018


1.           For both Football and Hurling, Minor Age Group at Club Level to replicate Inter-County Level and change to Under 17.

2.           A new age group Under 19 to be introduced

3.           Games Programme Governance

·   CCC1                             U8 to U12                                    No Change

·   CCC2                             U13 to Minor (U17)                    Minor moving from CCC to CCC2 *

·   Adult CCC  Under 19                                     New Age Group to CCC *

4.           Under 15 to play on Saturday (currently Sunday)

5.           Under 16 to play on Sunday (currently Saturday)

6.           Minor (U17) to play on Sunday

7.           Under 19 to play on same day as AHL/AFL Divisions 1-4

*Bye Law changes required to change Games Committee Governance


Rationale for Recommendation

·       Recommendation in accordance with the strategic outlook for Dublin GAA as published in The Blue Wave;

·       Ensure a consistency in Minor Age Group at both Club and Inter-County;

·       Supports and Enhances player retention and defers player fall off;

·       New Under 19 Age Group will provide for players in the final years of Secondary Level Education;

·       Provides a more effective bridge on the player pathway from Juvenile to Minor to Under 19 and Adult Games;

·       New Games Programme structured to cater for forecast growth in Population Demographic and Player Numbers;

·       From 1.1.2018 to be eligible for the Grades listed hereunder, a Club Player shall meet the respective stated age criteria:

           Minor (Under 17):            Be Under 17 and Over 14 years

           Under 19:                          Be Under 19 and Over 16 years

           Adult:                                 Be Over 17 years

To be “Under” an age shall mean that the player shall celebrate the Upper Limit birthday (e.g.17 for Minor Grade) on the 1st January of the Championship Year or on a later date. To be “Over” an age shall mean that the player shall have celebrated the Lower Limit birthday (e.g. 17 to participate in Adult Grades (Club)) prior to the 1st January of the Championship Year. Adult shall include Senior, Intermediate and Junior Grades.


The Management Committee discussed these recommendations this evening and has arranged a meeting of Clubs for Monday 29th May at 7.30pm in Parnell Park. Clubs are invited to send two representatives to the meeting – an Officer from your Juvenile Section and either the Club Chairperson or Secretary. Please circulate these proposals and obtain the views of your membership in advance of our meeting on 29th May.


Kind regards,


John Costello



U17 / Minor Review Committee Working Group Members

Ken O’Sullivan                           Chair of Working Group and Former Cathaoirleach Coiste na nÓg

Bernie McLaughlin                    Cathaoirleach, Coiste na nÓg

Declan O’Leary                          Leas Cathaoirleach, Coiste na nÓg

John Larkin                                 Cathaoirleach, CCC2

Anne O’Dea                                Cathaoirleach, CCC1

Mick Seavers                              Cathaoirleach CCC

Kevin O’Shaughnessy             Strategic Programme Manager

Ger O’Connor                             Games Manager

Damian Murphy                         Rúnaí, Coiste na nÓg