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Rounder's Council of Ireland

(Comhairle Cluiche Corr na hEireann) 

A group of people playing Rounders in 1913 in England

GAA-specific rules

In Ireland, the rules of rounders (cluiche corr) are laid-down by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The GAA rules are the earliest nationally organised rules of play, being formalised in 1884. This version of rounders is most like baseball. It is played on a larger pitch compared to the NRA game and consequently uses larger bats and slightly larger balls. A GAA rounders pitch is a 70 metres (77 yd) square field and bases are 25 metres (27 yd) apart, compared to 12 metres (13 yd) for the NRA game. Foul ground runs along two adjacent sides of the pitch with home base at the intersection of these sides.

Uachtaran CLG SeŠn ” Ceallaigh,

addresses Rounder's Council of Ireland Congress

Wednesday, February 9 c,2000

On a crisp, sunny, spring afternoon on Sunday, February 6, officers and delegates of the Rounders Council of Ireland, gathered in Ballykealey Manor, Ballon, Co. Carlow for the 35th Annual Congress.

All were pleased and surprised to find within hours of the meeting that Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Sean O'Ceallaigh would be joining them for the meeting. In the midst of a busy schedule, Uachtaran O'Ceallaigh, took time out to attend.

Sean O'Ceallaigh

Throughout the afternoon, Uachtaran O'Ceallaigh spoke to the assembly and his positive and encouraging words gave hope for the future of Rounders within the Gaelic Athletic Association.

"Many people would not be aware of what Rounders is," he said. "You must create an awareness and expand on this. Rounders is an Irish game and I like to support every aspect of Irish Culture."

He encouraged the gathering to complete their Strategic Plan for submission to Croke Park and assured all that it would get a good hearing. "It is hard to continue giving total dedication when there is little outcome from the efforts," he added.

Uachtaran O'Ceallaigh advised that Exhibition games should be organised in each Province to increase the profile of the game. He was available for photographs, with club and provincial groups and the quality of time spent was greatly appreciated by all.

Other guests were the Cathaoirleach of Carlow Town Council Michael Abbey, a former Rounders Coach and very aware of what Comhairle Cluiche Corr are about, also Cathaoirleach Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Ballon, Pat Doyle. They both welcomed the Delegation to Ballon, Carlow and praised the Council and the local members for their dedication to the game and the young people. Cathaoirleach Doyle also offered the use of the facilities in Ballon to the National Council.

Local man Joe Donoghue, was elected President of Council, replacing Micheal Geoghegan, who stepped down at the Congress. Tribute was paid to Micheal by Council Chairman, Margaret Delaney.

"I apologise to Micheal, as he did not always get the recognition due as President of our organisation. I think this may have improved a little in the past year, as he received invites to a few functions on our behalf. Micheal was never afraid to jump in and give help anywhere it was needed, whether it was to mark a pitch, co-ordinate games at Feile, or referee, often with much abuse.

"He was a loyal Council member and I personally will miss him for his support and advice. He often offered a completely different view and option for solving a problem at Council table. He also led the team who were revising the Rules and spent a lot of time preparing the work before hand. Thank you Micheal."

All Congress business was completed in record time. The Calendar of Events were approved and the organisation are looking forward to a busy year. They have just completed a review of the "Rules of Rounders", which were ratified recently at EGM. The Strategic Plan is due to be completed mid summer and the members are gearing up for a major Development drive over the next three years.

In international competition will be held in Derry in July, with the All-Star Ladies representing Ireland. Teams from England, Wales and Scotland will also field for this event. The Mixed All-Stars are busy training for an exhibition match which is to be held in the very near future, however details of the Venue, have yet to be finalised. This will be one to watch out for, as the Senior Mixed game is very exciting.

Website Source: Rounders Council of Ireland

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