Our Team

Meet the people behind PlayUs

PlayUs GAA, was first designed to facilitate clubs to search for and arrange challenge matches. 

The idea for a mobile app that made it easier for coaches and clubs to organise challenge games is the brainchild of Mark O’Donovan (pictured above, right), a member and coach with Bantry Blues GAA Club in Cork, who felt that the task of organising challenge games, blitzes and tournaments could be made much easier using modern technology.

PlayUs GAA was devised in collaboration with the GAA Games Development Department in Croke Park and developed by Galway-based company, App Design. It is available to all GAA, LGFA and Camogie clubs, catering for all age groups and grades.

Coaches seeking to organise games can simply enter the proposed game details and the app then sends out invites to appropriate teams within a designated distance. PlayUs will be a very useful tool for coaches and will provide more games for club players.

Claire O'Dwyer

Claire is a recent graduate from UL with a degree in Technology Management. She has played GAA all her life and is passionate about the promotion of women playing sport. She recently joined the PlayUs Team in 2020 in hopes of helping coaches and volunteers by facilitating challenge matches and providing helpful info about running clubs. 

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Mark O'Donovan

Mark is a Construction Project Manager from Bantry, Cork. He has been heavily involved in his local GAA club for years. Mark believes in the development of players and teams through playing meaningful games and the ability of IT to help out.

"I'm a GAA enthusiast to say the least."

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Majella McCarthy

Majella is another Bantry resident and can often be found volunteering in the local GAA club. She was convinced by Mark to join the PlayUs team and has since been an important contributor to it's development.

Majella has recently completed a yoga teacher training course.

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Majella McCarthy

Majella is another Bantry resident and can often be found volunteering in the local GAA club. She was convinced by Mark to join the PlayUs team and has since been an important contributor to it's development.

Majella has recently qualified as a yoga teacher.

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Ruairí Deane

Ruairí is a Physical Education teacher from Bantry. He is a firm believer that the more games and teams you play, the more you will learn and develop as an individual player and a team. PlayUs GAA is a hugely beneficial tool in supporting individual coaches develop their teams through easy access to more games more often.

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Graham Canty

Graham has been on our team from the very beginning and believes that PlayUs has the potential to help fix the training to games imbalance in turn giving players a more enjoyable experience.

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