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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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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 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.

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.

Club Notes – 11 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. 

55 Miles For Millie

Calling all families- the club are hosting a “55 Miles for Millie” challenge on Sunday next around our walking track. We are seeking 55 families to walk / jog a mile around the track in 10mins, and raise sponsorship/donate towards this very worthy cause. This will be in relay format over 3hrs.

Due to social distancing regulations please text eilish or pm on 086 3131239 for your allocated time slot.

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 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.  

Monaghan 2 Mizen Virtual Walk

Noel Duffy from Drumhowan is doing a virtual walk from his home to Mizen Head to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation and the Acute Stroke unit in Drogheda Hospital in memory of his mother Nan Duffy who dies from a stroke in November 2018. As Nan taught for a number of years in ScoilMhuire Clontibret,  Noel will be doing part of hiwalk around Clontibret on Thursday 18th June from 3to 7pm. Anyone who wishes to donate and /or walk a lap (4 laps of 5k in total) in memory of Nan please contact Niall Thornton on 087 2442111 for further information.

Club Notes – 4 June 2020

Phase 2 of National Road Map and GAA Covid-19 Restrictions 

If as expected the country moves into Phase 2 of the national re-opening plan on Monday 8th June it is hoped that we will get the go-ahead from GAA HQ to open the walkway next week. This will not be a free-for-all reopening but rather is expected to be part of a managed plan with specific times allocated for different users and strict protocols in place to ensure compliance with HSE guidelines. Whenever details are finalised we will post these on social media and at the grounds, and walkway users are asked to fully comply with whatever restrictions are put in place, for the safety and comfort of all users.. At this time we do not expect any other facilities at the club to open so pitches will remain closed. Any new guidance received from the GAA will be passed on as it develops. 

The helpdesk set up by Monaghan County Council 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.

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the Dawson family Castleshane on the death of Maura Gormley, Raheny, Dublin, sister of former players, Canon Larry, Pat, Brian and the late Tom Dawson. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Club Notes – 28 May 2020

Closure of Facilities at O’Neill Park 

The GAA released an update for clubs and counties in response to the government’s roadmap to reopening the country. In line with the continuance of social distancing restrictions by the government, all activities at club and county remain suspended including training and team gatherings at all ages and all gradeswhile our walking track also remains closed. The country is now in the second week of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for re-opening but relaxations announced so far do not allow any of our facilities to re-open. While recent reports suggest there may be some relaxation to come in relation to walking tracks there is no directive as yet and we will update you on any further changes to the phases and their implications for our facilities as guided by the GAA, and on what activities will recommence whenever they are definitive. Meanwhile we should all continue to wash our hands, adhere to social distancing and follow all HSE guidelines. Please keep up the good work as our collective effort will see us through

The helpdesk set up by Monaghan County Council still exists to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements

Club Notes – 21 May 2020

Facilities Remain Closed

As Covid 19 restrictions continue into the third month we hope that all our members are continuing to keep safe while at the same time remaining as active as possible. This is a difficult time for people of all ages and as the weeks pass and the peak of the virus attack appears to be easing there is a danger we become complacent. This is particularly important in relation to our facilities at O’Neill Park which remain CLOSED for ALL activities until further official notice is received. During the closedown all insurance cover has been suspended so nobody should take it upon themselves to go for a run or kick-about at the grounds and to be fair to all this applies across the board irrespective of age.  The helpdesk set up by Monaghan County Council still exists to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements. Feel free to call at any time for any type of practical assistance or just a reassuring chat. But remember our facilities at O’Neill Park remain closed for all activities until further notice, this is not how we would like it to be, but unfortunately we have no choice it the matter at this time. 

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the McSkeane family on the death of Sheila McSkeane, wife of former player from the fifties, Peter McSkeane. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Club Notes – 14 May 2020

Continue to be Vigilant

As Covid 19 restrictions continue into the third month we hope that all our members are continuing to keep safe while at the same time remaining as active as possible. This is a difficult time for people of all ages and as the weeks pass and the peak of the virus attack appears to be easing there is a danger we become complacent. This is particularly important in relation to our facilities at O’Neill Park which remain CLOSED for ALL activities until further official notice is received. During the closedown all insurance cover has been suspended so nobody should take it upon themselves to go for a run or kick-about at the grounds and to be fair to all this applies across the board irrespective of age.  The helpdesk set up by Monaghan County Council still exists to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements. Feel free to call at any time for any type of practical assistance or just a reassuring chat. But remember our facilities at O’Neill Park remain closed for all activities until further notice, this is not how we would like it to be, but unfortunately we have no choice it the matter at this time. 

Free Frozen Prepared Meals

During the current Covid-19 crisis, Kerry Foods in Carrickmacross in conjunction with Monaghan GAA is offering to supply free Frozen Ready Meals to people of the county who may be in need of assistance. If interested please contact Club Chairman Thomas in confidence on 086 7737776 or Secretary, Frank 0863164178. 

Good to Talk

Monaghan GAA in conjunction with Monaghan Age Friendly Programme has launched a Good to Talk Initiative whereby you can nominate an elderly relative or friend who would be cheered up by a phone call from a member of the Monaghan senior football panel. From the initial reports, of the initiative,so far, it seems to be going very well and fair play to the players and management for engaging with it so whole heartedly. If you want to set it up for someone, contact assistant county PRO, Mary, at 087 6887332 or pro.corduff.monaghan @gaa.ie to set the process in motion.

Club Notes – 7 May 2020

Juveniles’ – ‘Beat the Senior Team Challenge’

We are aware that players are missing the GAA activities at this time of year so it was fantastic to see so many of our players taking part in ‘Beat the Senior Team Challenge’. Huge congratulations to our juveniles who came out as gallant winners after a monumental effort by all our players last week. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Thanks also to the parents for ensuring your child participated in the challenge and enjoyed some fun running. Winners of the raffle prizes were Ollie McGuirk – U6s, Aaron Evans – U11s and Fionnan Brennan – U15s. A massive thank you also to our Senior Team who took part and also contributed to a great video message to the juveniles. Keep up the great work at home and hopefully we’ll be back soon on the pitch. Stay safe.

Club Notes – 30 April 2020

Covid 19 Restrictions Continue 

As Covid 19 restrictions continue at least into next week and probably longer we hope that all our members are keeping safe and well while at the same time remaining as active as possible. A helpdesk has been set up by Monaghan County Council to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result of Covid 19 restrictions. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements. Feel free to call at any time for any type of practical assistance or just a reassuring chat. Our facilities at O’Neill Park remain closed for all activities until further notice

Free Frozen Prepared Meals

During the current Covid-19 crisis, Kerry Foods in Carrickmacross in conjunction with Monaghan GAA is offering to supply free Frozen Ready Meals to people of the county who may be in need of assistance. If interested please contact Club Chairman Thomas in confidence on 086 7737776 or Secretary, Frank 0863164178

Good to Talk

Monaghan GAA in conjunction with Monaghan Age Friendly Programme has launched a Good to Talk Initiative whereby you can nominate an elderly relative or friend who would be cheered up by a phone call from a member of the Monaghan senior football panel. From the initial reports, of the initiative,so far, on social media it seems to be going very well so if you want to set it up for someone, contact assistant county PRO, Mary, at 087 6887332 or pro.corduff.monaghan @gaa.ie to set the process in motion.

Club Notes – 23 April 2020

Covid 19 Restrictions

As Covid 19 restrictions continue into next month we hope that all our members are keeping safe and well while at the same time remaining as active as possible. A helpdesk has been set up by Monaghan County Council to respond to the needs of those who feel vulnerable as a result of Covid 19 restrictions. It can be contacted anytime at 1800 804 158 with a team of local volunteers in place to respond to your requirements. Feel free to call at any time for any type of practical assistance or just a reassuring chat. 

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the Watters and Clarke families on the death of Bridie Moore, Castleblayney, the Kelly and McElroy families on the death of Michael Kelly, Tullycomiskey, the Sherry family Tullycomiskey on the death of Patsy and to James Hughes Lismacreark on the death of his wife Annaleen. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anameacha