Club Management with Ian Morris & Clubforce

Club Management with Ian Morris & Clubforce

Clubforce hosts weekly webinars aimed at making the life of club volunteers easier with regular sessions covering club membership managementfundraising and club lottocommunications and other topics. Now we are introducing a new session type into the mix to help coaches and club managers to improve how their clubs and teams are run.

The Club Management webinar series will be hosted by Shelbourne FC manager Ian Morris and will focus on various aspects of running a successful football club and is open to coaches and volunteers from any football club at any level to attend. (Other sports are also welcome and much of the content will benefit other team sports). Some of the topics to expect at these sessions:

  • Planning training sessions
  • Club Structure
  • Communicating with parents

This session will be held fortnightly on a Wednesday night at 8pm (starting 7th October) and the recording can be accessed on the Clubforce website at any stage afterwards. This first session is open to coaches, coaching co-ordinators and other volunteers involved in training football teams and will cover planning training sessions including:

– The aim / theme of the training session
– Session set-up and layout
– How to best use limited resources of space and time with the numbers involved
– Health and safety
– Questions from attendees

This is your opportunity to put your club management and coaching questions to an experience professional football coach!

For more info and to register visit 


Alliance welcomes Law Reform Commission personal injury report

Alliance welcomes Law Reform Commission personal injury report

The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed the publication of the Law Reform Commission’s Report on Capping Damages in Personal Injuries Actions.

Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance said “We welcome the timely publication of this important Report. Right now the Report changes nothing in that new draft guidelines on general damages are due to be submitted to the Board of the Judicial Council by the 28th October.  But on the other hand it clearly endorses a ‘Plan B’ – the capping of damages by the Oireachtas – if the Judicial Council does not fully reflect the common good in urgently delivering the dramatic reductions in damages for minor injuries necessary if we are to address our current insurance crisis in any meaningful way”.

Eoin McCambridge, Director of the Alliance and Managing Director of McCambridge’s of Galway said “Small businesses, voluntary groups, charities, sports clubs and cultural organisations, the heart of the Irish economy and Irish society, are being seriously damaged by the cost of insurance or in numerous cases now unable to obtain insurance at all. As the Personal Injuries Commission clearly identified, sky-high general damages are at the heart of this issue and must be cut to reflect international norms to ensure that legitimate minor injuries attract modest damages. Policyholders cannot wait any longer for dramatic, meaningful reductions in awards for minor injuries. The Alliance expects general damages for minor injuries to be reduced along the lines of the Fair Book of Quantum published by ISME.”


NOTE: Responsibility for reviewing guidelines for general damages to replace the Book of Quantum  is currently with the Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee of the Judicial Council and the Committee is due to present draft guidelines to the Board of the Judicial Council by the 28th October. We have installed a countdown clock on our website counting down to that date.


First female hits 100 AXA Community Bike Rides!

First female hits 100 AXA Community Bike Rides!

American born to Irish parents, Sheila O’Brien moved to Ireland in 1997 from Boston Massachusetts. She lives in Cavan with her partner Darren and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. A health care worker by trade, she works as a care assistant in her community. Now almost 52, this mother and grandmother describes herself as “overweight, with a dodgy knee and a degenerative disc disease” …yet she can cycle.

In May 2019, she decided it was time to get a bike, and was able to purchase one through the bike2work scheme – this allows a person to pay for a bike over a 12mth period through their salary, so you don’t have to come up with the money all at once. Not knowing much about cycling, Sheila purchased a hybrid and her cycling journey began…with an occasional trip to Crover House Hotel for a ‘light refreshment’! Over the following few months, the bike became more of an ornament, as although Sheila wanted to cycle, finding the motivation was difficult.

In December 2019, Sheila came across a Facebook advert promoting AXA Community Bike Rides. “When I saw it, it didn’t make me feel like I needed to be super fit or need a flashy bike…it looked like something I could be a part of and although I was overweight, the advert didn’t intimidate me, which can often be the reason for not taking part in something”.

Sheila had spotted an AXA Community Bike Ride which was being led by Noel Garrahan, a local volunteer leader in Cavan. Noel is a member of the Sheelin Flyers Cycling Club and had got involved in the programme to support people to get back on their bikes in his area. And so Sheila began registering online and taking part in his group rides. “I love to meet people. Although I’m usually at the back of the group, there’s never any pressure put on me and Noel and the support leaders are so encouraging. I learned loads in those first few group rides; how to change my gears; how to ride safely on the road and they just helped me build my confidence”.

January 2020 brought bad weather and lots of it, and a number of group rides had to be cancelled. This was also the month that brought devasting news to Sheila’s door, as her younger sister Tara (48) living in Boston, was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease (or ALS as it’s known in America). “This was a really difficult time. I became a bit disillusioned with things, and before I knew it, Covid hit and whatever bit of cycling I was doing came to a stop, as no group rides could take place”

In May, as restrictions were eased, solo bike rides were introduced and for Sheila, “they couldn’t have come at a better time. These rides pushed me to get out. I love registering and getting a reminder email, as this keeps me accountable”. Signing up to take part provided the motivation Sheila needed to get back out cycling. “Tara can’t cycle, but I can. We often take our bodies for granted. When I’m on my bike I’m always thinking of her as she fights her battle”.

With a mix of easy going and challenging solo bike rides on offer, Sheila was able to pick the rides that best suited her depending on her workload and how much time she had to spare. “Cycling takes me further than my feet…I’ve been able to explore way more of my local countryside and I always come home in a good mood”. With the opportunity to participate in solo rides four times a week, Sheila began clocking up the bike rides. “I love to see how many rides I’ve done and it’s great to get the rewards…you feel like you’ve earned something”.

Cycling has provided Sheila with the opportunity to support her sister Tara in raising money for research into a cure for motor-neurone disease/ALS. Sheila has created fundraisers through cycling to support the 4youIwillfight campaign.

She’s lost 16lbs in the process. “When I started my goal was to try and get all three rewards (buff, waterbottle, t-shirt), but I had no idea where it would take me. I hope people can see how accessible these rides are and more people take part, as I wish people could feel like I feel!!”

During the spring, Sheila contracted the coronavirus. “My doctor said because I was fitter and in better health than I had been a year previously, I possibly recovered much quicker from the virus. You really never know what the outcome will be of that first step…turning up last December to take part in an AXA Community Bike Ride has had a massive effect on my life.” Sheila is now keen to get trained up as a Ride Leader, so she can bring like minded people on bike rides in her area.

“I’ve never been the first at anything and definitely never thought I’d be the first at anything physical! I’m so proud of myself and wouldn’t have done it without AXA Community Bike Rides. Look what I’ve accomplished! I feel empowered. To be the first woman to complete the 100 rides…it really shows you can be any size and cycle!”

The AXA Community Bike Rides team would like to acknowledge that a number of others have also recently completed the 100 rides and congratulate Charlie Parsons (Kilkenny) on being the first member to hit the milestone.

Why not join Sheila, Charlie and all the other members who are currently participating in the programme – click Find a Ride and register today!

For more information, please contact

Mary Corry (Coordinator)

Nicole Evans (Development Officer)

#4youIwillfight #20×20 #ibike


€7.3m Boost for Sport and Physical Activity Measures

€7.3m Boost for Sport and Physical Activity Measures

Sport Ireland has today announced an investment package of €7.3m in Dormant Accounts Funding for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

The investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

Speaking about the new round of Dormant Account Funding, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said: “A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, added: “The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. The current pandemic has confirmed the critical importance of sport to Irish society and the uplift it provides to people’s spirits. While keeping us fit, regular physical activity is an excellent social outlet for many. The investment package announced today will have a positive impact on the health of the nation, and support the growth of community and social cohesion through sport.”

Among the successful Dormant Accounts Fund projects announced are thirteen new Innovation projects.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented: “Sport Ireland is delighted with the significant investment of €990,000 in Innovation for Sports Inclusion. These creative Innovation projects have the potential to create solutions to the problems that exist in sports participation. The announcement of thirteen innovation projects is very welcomed, stimulating collaboration within and beyond the sports sector.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, commented: “The increase in Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout Ireland. Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport and physical activity, no matter what their circumstances.”

As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan.  A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with disabilities and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May, said: “This year we are delighted to roll-out the Active Cities concept across five cities in Ireland. The aim of this exciting new project is to create, maintain and increase the numbers of citizens, regardless of age and ability, participating in sport and physical activity in their city. The ultimate goal is for people to lead healthier lifestyles in the context of sport & physical activity. A lot of ground work has been put in by the Local Sports Partnerships in our five main cities and we are looking forward to these projects getting going.”

See the full list of funded projects here.


For Further Information:

David Gash

Communications Manager, Sport Ireland



Income Tax Deadline 2020 FAQ

Income Tax Deadline 2020 FAQ

The income tax return filing deadline is 31st October 2020.

Taxpayers can avail of an extension to the normal filing date of 31st October 2020 and instead file by 12th November 2020 if they file both their return of income and make the appropriate payment though ROS for:

  1. Income tax balance due for 2019, and
  2. Preliminary income tax due for 2020,

The responsibility is on the individual taxpayer to file the return, calculate the liabilities due and pay these liabilities on time.

Don’t leave it too late – gathering your documents can take time so act now to avoid missing the deadline and incurring penalties.

We advise you to seek guidance from OSK when preparing your return in order to ensure the correct liabilities are calculated.


More information here

Federation of Irish Sport Pre-Budget Submission – Budget 2021

Federation of Irish Sport Pre-Budget Submission – Budget 2021


The Federation is also calling for funds from the Sweetened Sugar Drinks Tax and Betting Tax to be redirected to sport to tackle the obesity problem and implement educational programmes

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2020: The Federation of Irish Sport is today calling on the government to ensure the survival of sport and physical activity in Ireland by honouring the commitments made in the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 in respect of the current funding levels for sport. The call was made in the Federation’s pre-budget submission, which highlights the need for such commitments to be met following the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had on Irish sports’ finances.

While the business and employment supports made available by government, coupled with the sport-specific rescue package of €70m announced in June, assisted in keeping organisations afloat, the Federation states that further investment is now needed to ensure that organisations not only survive, but are able to adapt, rebuild and grow in 2021. Sport is an important business sector in Ireland contributing approximately 1.4% of Gross Value Added, generating €2.7 billion in household spending per annum and employing 39,5000 people.

Participation in sport also plays a key role in maintaining physical and mental well-being, which is important not only in the battle against Covid-19, but also in reducing health spend on chronic illnesses and death caused by inactivity, with 62% of the Irish population overweight or obese, costing our health service an estimated €1.5 billion each year. It is estimated that there are 4,000 preventable deaths in Ireland every year due to physical inactivity.

In addition to a call to increase current funding to sport, the pre-budget submission also seeks €1.35 million, or 4.5%, of the proceeds of the Sweetened Sugar Drinks Tax be redirected to fund a specific campaign to tackle the obesity problem in Ireland. The Federation is also requesting that the Government invests €2.34 million, or 4.5%, of the increase to the Betting Tax, to develop and implement communication and educational programmes on the importance of sport and the protection of those at risk from gambling in our sporting community.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, said: “Earlier this year, we welcomed the introduction of the Covid-19 Resilience Fund for Sport and Physical Activity announced by Government. However, as the pandemic continues to permeate every element of society, it is imperative that National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships and clubs all around the country continue to receive financial investment from Government. At a time when all other sources of revenue are under sustained pressure, Government investment in sport has never been so important. This investment is necessary to ensure the continued delivery of sports programmes nationwide and the benefits to health, wellbeing and community solidarity that this will bring.”

The Federation of Irish Sport’s full pre-budget submission can be read at:


For further information, please contact:

Claire Shannon, Wilson Hartnell 087 126 0924

Mary McGuire, Wilson Hartnell 087 951 6651


About Irish Sport:

Sport’s share of the economy
Sport contributes approximately 1.4% of Gross Value Added in Ireland. It employs 39,500 individuals (1.7% of total employment).
Sport in Ireland also generates €2.7 billion in household spending per annum

Value of sports volunteering
The economic value of volunteering for sport is approximately €1.1 billion per annum. This figure is based on the average industrial wage.

Sports tourism
Sports tourism
is worth approximately €500million per year to Ireland. This figure rises in years where the country hosts major international sports events.

Government return
Recent research by the European Commission suggests that the State may recoup up to €195 in tax revenue for every €100 invested in sport-related activity. Such a return on investment is clearly very attractive, the same European Commission research concluded that an active sport-related economic policy can help counter unemployment. This in stark contrast to the previous estimation of every €100 in State investment in sport in Ireland, the Exchequer receives €149 back in taxes.

Health cost
Investment in sport can help reduce public health expenditure.
Department of Health research states that 62% of the population are overweight or obese. This is estimated to cost the State over €1.5 billion annually. Separate research has estimated that there are 4,000 preventable deaths in Ireland each year due to physical inactivity.

About the Federation of Irish Sport

The Federation of Irish Sport is the representative organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Ireland. Its membership consists of over 100 NGBs and LSPs from every corner of the country.