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Club Notes – 25 June 2020

Covid 19 Guidelines on safe Return to Gaelic Games    

The GAA has again revised its return to play schedule with pitches due to open this week. This will be done on an outside only basis with dressing rooms and clubrooms remaining closed for now and all activity taking place following existing Covid19 safeguards. It is planned to open pitches on a phased and structured basis and coaches /teams should not assume a slot is available to them unless it has been confirmed and agreed in advance It will be a very different scenario to what went before and will involve greater cooperation of all participants to enable a safe and smooth return to training and hopefully games. The GAA document outlining procedures can be accessed online at https://www.gaa.ie/news/covid-19-update-safe-return-to-gaelic-games/ and should be read by all club officers, coaches, players and parents immediately.  

Proposals have issued from Monaghan Co Board for a return for a senior football competition at the beginning of August. As it stands this would involve dividing the ten senior teams into two groups of five to play in a championship league with the top three in each group progressing to the knock out stages and the bottom two in each group playing off to avoid relegation. It is likely then that reserve football would resume in September with discussions currently on-going with regard to underage football. All these proposals of course depend on the continued safe opening up of society at large as outlined in the government plan. 

A Big Thank You

Massive thanks are due to all in the club and outside it who helped guide us through this past three months. To those who made themselves available to operate through the Monaghan County Council helpdesk, those who distributed the frozen meals through the Monaghan GAA scheme and those who did likewise on a private basis, those who checked in on and/or phoned their vulnerable neighbours and those who organised and contributed to many of the worthy causes that were helped during the crisis. When people get back down to O’Neill Park the first thing they will notice is the magnificent shape that it is in and this is due to the great work that continued during much of the closedown to keep it right under the guidance of Colm, Francie & Co from the development committee and Ciaran McMahon who kept all pitches mowed.

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