Fáilte Romhat – Welcome to Armagh Safeguarding site where you can access the resources and information you need to ensure that your club creates and maintains the safest possible environment in which our children and young people can participate in our Gaelic Games and Activities.

The Association and its sister organisations launched (April 2022) an online version of Code of Behaviour (Underage), the joint Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

The Code of Behaviour replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Best Practice for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

The Gaelic Athletic Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernible forms of abuse – from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that they comply with all Safeguarding Regulations as set down by the GAA.  Each club must appoint a Children’s Officer who will take the lead in overseeing that all regulation is followed.

Key requirements for each club include:


  1. Appoint a Children’s Officer and Designated Liaison Person.
  2. Each club must have a Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment. This is completed every two years and forwarded to Croke Park. It was last completed in June 2021 and will be due again in June 2023. See Section 1.
  3. Ensure that all policy and practice is in line with the Code of Behaviour.  See Section 2.
  4. Appoint a Code of Behaviour Hearings Committee to deal with issues arising out of complaints made to the Children’s Officer – Section 3.
  5. Ensure all those who are working with young people are vetted.  The process will soon be completed within the New Foireann System but for now please follow as per advice at Section 4.
  6. Ensure the Appropriate Safeguarding Training is completed by different personnel. See Section 5.
  7. Completion of Sport Ireland Safeguarding Audit.  See Section 6.
  8. Ensure the Children’s Officer use the designated email childrensofficer@ – See Section 7.

For further details on any Safeguarding matters, contact the Ard Mhacha GAA Children’s Officer, Gary Farrell on

Club Children & Designated Officer Contacts


Children’s Off. Cathy Nixon Fón 07748787338

Designated Off. Cathy Nixon Fón 07748787338

Armagh Harps

Children’s Off. Shauna Agnew Fón 07512891213 Email

Designated Off. Paul Gribben Fón 07776211924 Email

Ballyhegan Davitts

Children’s Off. Stephen Tiffney Fón 07736412516 Email

Designated Off. Leo Marley Fón 02838891479 Email

Ballymacnab Round Towers

Children’s Off. Laureen Keegan Fón 07380363434

Designated Off. Mickey McGivern Fón 07713086201

Belleek Laurence O’Tooles

Designated Off. Martin Smith Fón 07866428389

Carrickcruppen St Patricks

Children’s Off. Ciara Lowe Fón 07872676979

Designated Off. Gerard Flynn Fón 07919044208

Clady Sean South

Children’s Off. Damien McLoughlin Fón 07798817143 Email

Designated Off. Eamon McMahon Fón 0784376777 Email

Clann Na Gael Lurgan

Children’s Off. Carolyn McVeigh Fón 07592334934

Designated Off. Noel O Hagan Fón 07482096313 Email

Clann Eireann Lurgan

Children’s Off. Denise Kelly Fón 07786515908

Designated Off. Donal McCarthy Fón 07738854551 Email

Clonmore Robert Emmets

Children’s Off. Shelagh Kelly Fón 07910067694

Designated Off. Gerard Cunningham Fón 07740951175

Collegeland O’Rahillys

Children’s Off. Mairead Mitchell Fón 07703640157

Designated Off. Oliver Brannigan Fón 07841167981 Email

Camlough Craobh Rua

Children’s Off. Donal McCaul Fón 07773819039 Email

Designated Off. David O Brien Fón 07775176614 Email

Crossmaglen Rangers

Children’s Off. Marion McMahon Fón 07730578786

Designated Off. Donal Murtagh Fón 00353863114511 Email


Children’s Off. Lorraine Hart Fón 07775650541 Email

Designated Off. Lorraine Hart Fón 07775650541 Email

Culloville Blues

Terry Garvey 00353876189804

Fiona Callan 00353851375757

Derrynoose GAC

Children’s Off. Niall Woods Fón 07798500029 Email

Designated Off. John Lennon Fón 07767880791 Email

Dorsey Emmets

Children’s Off. Ciaran McGlinchey Fón 00353879138464 Email

Designated Off. Ciaran Lennon Fón 07464619804 Email

Dromintee St Patrick’s

Children’s Off. Caroline Convery Fón 07745347260

Designated Off. Sarah Murphy Fón 07752423480 Email

Eire Og Craigavon

Children’s Off. Paddy Mallon Fón Email

Designated Off. Ian O Hagan Fón 07525793553 Email

Forkhill Peadar O’Doirnin

Children’s Off. Colm Cunningham Fón 07729863727

Designated Off. Tracy Cunningham Fón 07787427779 Email


Children’s Off. Jenny Rafferty Fón 07799887430

Designated Off. Peter Carr Fón 07761268145 Email


Children’s Off. Patricia Mallon Fón 07715615025

Designated Off. Shane Nugent Fón 07724306347 Email

Keady Michael Dwyers

Children’s Off. Grainne Nugent Fón 07595305667

Designated Off. Patrick Og Nugent Fón 07595305667 Email

Keady Red Hands

Children’s Off. Deborah Mc Cormack Fón 07778599501 Email

Designated Off. Jim McCormack Fón 07899750669 Email

Killeavy St Moninna

Children’s Off. Fiona Owens Fón 07999638324

Designated Off. Maeve O Neill Fón 07856018072 Email


Children’s Off. Donna Rice Fón 07518386629 Email

Designated Off. Paul McCaffery Fón 07447802530 Email

Madden Raparees

Children’s Off. Jason Tohill Fón 07788554023 Email

Designated Off. Paddy Woods Fón 07851262251 Email

Maghery Sean McDermotts

Children’s Off. Stefan Forker Fón 07821580024

Designated Off. Niall Forker Fón 07786704686

Middletown Owen Roes

Children’s Off. Maureen Lappin Fón 07886320158

Designated Off. Damien McGuinness Fón 07901858430 Email

Mullabrack O’Donovan Rossa

Children’s Off. Christina Crilly

Fón 07834327662

Designated Off. Paul Hughes Fón 07793867850

Mullaghbawn Cuchulainns

Children’s Off. Cahal McCaffrey Fón 07718943622

Designated Off. Ciaran Ferris Fón 00353867954633

Pearse Og Armagh

Children’s Off. Tanya Clarke Fón 07933350554 Email

Designated Off. Jimmy McKee Fón 07754603867 Email

Port Mor

Children’s Off. Michael Prunty Fón 07731349514 Email

Designated Off. Gary McCrilly Fón 07368860037 Email

Poyntzpass Redmond O’Hanlons

Children’s Off. Fiona Maguire Fón 07974910502

Designated Off. Robert O’Neill Fón 07972593705 Email


Children’s Off. Jim McAlinden Fón 07860775105 Email

Designated Off. Mark Stevenson Fón 07920832463 Email Insurance Off.

Sean Treacys

Children’s Off. Caoimhe Devlin Fón 07789525235

Designated Off. Catherine Nelson Fón 07710254214 Email

Shane O’Neills

Children’s Off. Freda Mackin & Michelle Osborne Fón 02830837201 & 07541029427

Designated Off. Mick Mackin Fón 07746242231 Email

Silverbridge Harps

Children’s Off. Rosie Burns Fón 07778219400 Email

Designated Off. Mary Keating Fón 07742529392 Email

St Malachy’s Portadown

Children’s Off. Shane Elliot Fón 07702791877

Designated Off. Liam Cullen Fón 07799816901

St Michael’s

Children’s Off. Niall Murray Fón 07541656242

Designated Off. Pete Carragher Fón 07887987386

St Patrick’s Cullyhanna

Children’s Off. Gary McKeown Fón 07989850234

Designated Off. Jim Sheridan Fón 07437418558 Email

St Paul’s Lurgan

Children’s Off. Jude Mallon Fón 07842328510 Email

Designated Off. Philip Mallon Jnr Fón 07740624023 Email

St Peter’s Lurgan

Children’s Off. Roisin Weathers Fón 07907305383 Email

Designated Off. Roisin Weathers Fón 07907305383 Email

Tir Na Nog Portadown

Children’s Off. Maeve McDonald & John Mallon Fón 07521353119 / 07808580745

Designated Off. Dessie Henderson Fón 07803508803 Email

Corrinshigo Thomas Davis

Children’s Off. Rhea Casey Fón 07730384039

Designated Off. Karl Kimmins Fón 07704025212 Email

Tullysaran O’Connells

Children’s Off. Kevin Curran Fón 07783217086

Whitecross St Killians

Children’s Off. Una Markey Fón 07704423392

Designated Off. Terry O’Hanlon Fón 07703472414 Email

Wolfe Tones

Children’s Off. Susannah Greene Fón 07766552548

Designated Off. Cathal Tighe Fón 07840173750

Safeguarding Course Information

Coaching and Safeguarding 1: To organise Coaching Courses and/or Safeguarding 1 Courses for your coaches, mentors and club personnel please contact our Games Development Manager Denis Hollywood at 

Safeguarding 2 and Safeguarding 3 Courses: To organise Safeguarding 2 (for children’s officers) and Safeguarding 3 (for designated liaison person) please contact County Children’s Officer Gary Farrell at 

Section 1: Safeguarding Statement

Our Safeguarding Statement can be downloaded here

Section 2: Code of Behaviour

The Association and its sister organisations recently launched the updated online version of Code of Behaviour (Underage). This Code has been agreed between the GAA, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball and GAA Rounders.

The Code replaces all previous Codes and is a mandatory Code of Behaviour for all Gaelic Games Associations in our work with underage players. It is a comprehensive good practice guidance publication and we are anxious that as many players, coaches, parents and other Club personnel have immediate access to its contents.

Click here for the Code of Behaviour.

Section 3: Code of Behaviour Hearings Committee

A Code of Behaviour Hearings Committee will deal with issues arising out of complaints made to the Children’s Officer.  This should have at least three members and be reflective of all codes within the club.  The Children’s Officer cannot be a member of this committee but should assist them in their roles and responsibilities.

Section 4: Access NI

In order to comply with legislation in the 6 Counties and the rules of the Association, all persons working with children or young people in a voluntary or paid capacity, must be vetted prior to commencing their role. Those who are involved in the management of individuals appointed to work with children or young people in your club must also be vetted.

Vetting is carried out by Access NI for individuals in clubs in Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone, where they return criminal history information on the applicant. This enables Ulster GAA to make more informed recruitment decisions in relation to the suitability of the applicant for the role. Ulster GAA process applications for vetting checks free of charge, for our Volunteers at a clubs request.

We remind all clubs that they should not permit anyone to work with their children or young people in the Club until they have been suitably Vetted and approved for their role. The simple process is as follows:

  1. Applicant fills out the Online Application Form
  2. Club Officers signs ID Document Copies and forwards same to Ulster GAA
  3. Ulster GAA approve the form and the ID and send to Access NI
  4. Access NI Process the form and issue the Disclosure Certificate directly to the applicant
  5. Ulster GAA write to the applicant to confirm their vetting acceptance
  6. If there is information on your Certificate, Ulster GAA will write out to you requesting sight of the certificate in hard copy in its original form, it is vital that you send this on as soon as possible.
  7. Ulster GAA risk assess all Enhanced Disclosure Certificates that contain information, where there are areas of concern, we will contact the applicant directly and meet with them to discuss before any decision with regard to their suitability for the position applied is made.
  8. Where required, Ulster GAA will meet with club officers to discuss any areas of concern.
    Applicants have the right to appeal any decision made by Ulster GAA in relation to their suitability for the position applied.


Applicant instructions are outlined on the attached cover form with further information available in the Ulster GAA AccessNI E-Vetting Guidance Document.  Nominated Officers should ask applicants to go to to register and complete their vetting application. Once the applicant has been completed and submitted their application, please ask them to record their 10 digit case tracking reference number onto their cover form and attach copies of ID and return it to the nominated officer.  This cover form must then be forwarded to Ulster GAA via the Club Nominated Officer.


The club nominated officer is someone nominated by the club to oversee this process including verifying all documentation.  This could be the Children’s Officer or any other appropriate person.

Section 5: Safeguarding Training

All members of the GAA who work with children and young people in the association and who sit on GAA committees are required to complete the GAA Safeguarding children and young people in sport workshop. It is then recommended to complete a refresher course after 3 years.

This is an interactive, fully certified and accredited 3 hour workshop delivered by tutors who have been trained and approved by Sport NI or Sport Ireland and the Association as required.

Participants will leave the course with a wide range of knowledge and information to assist their club in creating and maintaining the safest possible environment in which our children and young people can participate in Gaelic games and activities. The course has the following learning outcomes for participants:

  1. Understand the background to safeguarding children and young people in sport.
  2. Identify best practice procedures to safeguard children and young people in sport.
  3. Understand the different categories of child abuse.
  4. Identify the signs of abuse.
  5. Act if abuse is suspected – Report to relevant person


This course is a mandatory requirement for anyone working with children or young people in the association and must be completed prior to commencement of their position in the club. It is an excellent resource that assists clubs and individuals in the vital area of safeguarding and will help to ensure that clubs have the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place so that they are compliant with both legal and best practice requirements in this area.

Safeguarding 1 must be completed by all coaches and mentors involved with underage teams/players.  To organise a course in your club please contact our Games Development Manager, Denis Holywood at

Safeguarding 2 and Safeguarding 3 must be completed by the Club Children’s Officer and the Club’s Designated Liaison Person respectively.  To receive this training please contact the County Children’s Officer at

Section 6: Sport Ireland Safeguarding Audit

The Sport Ireland Self-Assessment Safeguarding Audit is the first such audit from Sport Ireland and every sports organisation in Ireland is obliged to participate.

The timescale for completing the audit is anytime between 17th January and 28th February 2022.  It’s important to note that the audit consists of 8 sections, each with a number of questions. Each club has, by now, received a list of personnel who are vetted and who have attended child safeguarding training, which will help in the completion of the audit.

GAA Clubs must recognise that completing the audit is a mandatory requirement and that non-completion could deem a club to be safeguarding non-compliant with obvious consequences thereafter.

Section 7: Setting up Club Children’s Officer Email

Instructions for Email Setup for Children’s Officers:

  • The secretary must submit the request and be logged in with their specific GAA club account otherwise it will not work.
  • The club secretary clicks on the link to request the official GAA children’s officer email address. Please note that the secretary cannot pass on the link and must be using their official GAA secretary email address when opening the link.
  • The club secretary’s clicks on the link and clicks on the submit button on the online form. Reset account here using this link
  • A few days later the club secretary should receive an email with the username ( and temporary password.
  • The club secretary can then pass this information onto their Club Children’s Officer who can log in to their official email address.
  • If there are issues regarding password then the club secretary can email to request a new temporary password.
County Designated & Children’s Officer Contact Details

Designated Officer
Michael Savage (Chairman)
07808 768 722

Children’s Officer
Gary Farrell
07720 844 826

Additional Information

Additional Information available at Ulster GAA

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