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Club Notes – 18 June 2020

Walkway Restricted Opening

As part of Phase 2 of the national re-opening plan the Walkway at O’Neill Park is now open for four hours daily from 3pm to 7pm.The first hour from 3pm to 4pm is reserved for seniors/vulnerable persons and protocols have been put in place in line with HSE and GAA guidelines. These include walking only in a clockwise direction and patrons are asked to start their walk by walking down in front of the stand and exit the walk via the back of the dressing rooms to avoid meetingincoming walkers. Meanwhile all other facilities including pitches remain closed for all activities. It is expected these restrictions will last at least until we move into Phase 3 at the end of the month. 

Monaghan County Council Helpdesk

The helpdesk set up by still exists to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result of the Covid 19 crisis. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements. As we appear to be moving out of the current crisis our club wishes to place on record our thanks to those who made themselves available to help out in this initiative and all who put their shoulder to the wheel in a whole variety of ways over the past three months.  

Covid 19 Guidelines on safe Return to Gaelic Games    

The GAA has published a very comprehensive set of guidelines to be implemented for the return of training and games in Phases 3 and 4 of the reopening plan. It will be a very different scenario to what went before and will involve much planning, preparation and education of all participants to enable a safe and smooth return to training and hopefully to some games. The document can be accessed online at 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.

55 Miles For Millie

Clontibret O’Neill’s wish to sincerely thank the 55 families / groups that walked and talked their way around our track in the sunshine on Sunday last. Families were delighted to be out on the track again, and catching up with neighbours and friends, while maintaining social distancing of course!

The event itself was a huge success with €3,000 having been raised for Milly to date, and donations still coming in. You can still donate to any club committee member, or on the Clontibret O’Neill’s “go fund me” site on twitter or Facebook.

To everyone who helped the committee out on the day , especially Paddy, Maria, Colm, Charlie & Bernie for stewarding and photography. And to Neela, Martha, Lucy and Nessa, who rattled the buckets, well done girls, your willingness to help out at all events is much appreciated.

Photos of the event can be viewed on the club’s Facebook page.

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