The club month is in full swing but while some GAA clubs welcomed back their inter-county stars, others limped off the field leaving question marks over their availability.
Injuries weren’t the only story of the week as the AIB Senior Club Players of the Year were announced while the GAA also launched their latest manifesto on Monday.
You can find a round-up of all the GAA stories to hit the headlines below.
AIB Club Players Of The Year Announced
Corofin’s Kieran Malloy was named the AIB Club Footballer of the Year at a ceremony in Croke Park on Sunday night.
The Galway defender collected his second All Ireland Club medal following Corofin’s impressive display against Dr Crokes of Kerry last month.
Meanwhile, Ballyhale Shamrock’s youngster, Adrian Mullen, collected the award for Club Hurler of the Year on the night.
He was one of six Ballyhale players to feature on the 2019 Club Team of the Year.
New GAA Manifesto Launched
A copy of the GAA’s newest manifesto was sent to all 2,000 clubs this week with the theme centring around ‘GAA – Where We All Belong’ / CLG – Tá Áit Duinn Uilig Ann’.
The manifesto comes as a result of 12 months worth of research with 8,000 people into what the GAA really means to them in modern day Irish life.
Today is a celebration of our GAA. We’re proud to reveal our new GAA Manifesto – an affirmation of our GAA mission, vision & values. The intention is for this to be proudly displayed anywhere Gaelic games are played at home or abroad. Stay tuned for more this morning! #GAABelong pic.twitter.com/cf8ivhGomP
— The GAA (@officialgaa) April 8, 2019
The GAA Director General Tom Ryan said that the manifesto will serve as a “reminder that we all come from clubs and that there is a place for us all in the GAA.”
Carlow Player, Manager And Coach Hit With Hefty Bans
Carlow manager, Turlough O’Brien, has been hit with a 20-week suspension for ‘threatening conduct towards a referee” while his coach and one player were also banned for the same offence.
Coach Steven Poacher and midfielder, Brendan Murphy, are both banned for 12 weeks following the incident involving referee, James Bermingham, at the end of their Allianz League clash with Down last month.
Carlow were in possession of the ball and on the attack when the whistle was blown, signalling a one-point win for Down and Carlow’s relegation to Division 4.
The trio have the option of further appealing the bans prior to their Leinster Championship opener against either Offaly or Meath on May 25.
County Stars Face Race To Be Fit For Provincial Championships
Monaghan were dealt a major blow this week with the news that Darren Hughes is likely to miss the entirety of the Ulster Championship after suffering a broken ankle.
Hughes suffered the injury while on club duty for Scotstown against Ballybay and it is thought that the midfielder will be out for 10-12 weeks.
There were also further injury worries for Galway as Conor Cooney limped off the field during a club game for St Thomas’ and was reported to have left the ground on crutches. The county have already confirmed that key man, Joe Canning will miss the Leinster Championship after undergoing groin surgery.
Meanwhile, the Irish Independent are today reporting that Conor Delaney suffered a broken foot during a match with Castlecomer. Richie Hogan also left the field with a back injury during the same game.