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April 28th, 2020

Corduff Gaels Club Notes

It’s Good To Talk Initiative:
As we all know Covid-19 has impacted hugely on our communities, especially on the older members who are being asked to stay at home. This is a lonely and isolating experience for many particularly those who live alone.
Last Friday Monaghan GAA in conjunction with the Monaghan Age Friendly programme launched the “It’s Good To Talk” initiative. Monaghan players and management have answered the call to become involved with this initiative and have volunteered to give a lift to those cocooning and are cut off from their typical social networks by pledging a few minutes of their time to call someone in isolation and have a chat with him/her about GAA or reminisce about former glory days. A short chat in a long day for someone who is spending all their at home could make all the  difference and we are very appreciative of Monaghan players and  Management for making themselves available to be part of this initiative.
We all know an elderly relative or neighbour who is in isolation or cocooning so we invite you to nominate your  father / mother / brother/ sister /grandfather / grandmother / uncle / aunt / wife or husband and forward their details to Mary on 0876887332 and Mary will organise the call.
Covid-19 Pandemic:
The current period of lockdown measures, which has forced the closure of many more businesses and prevents people leaving their homes in all but limited circumstances, is due to expire on May 5th.  However, even on the 5th May there is no guarantee that any of the restrictions will be relaxed.
Therefore in order for the measures to work we must not let complacency set in but continue to do as good a job as we can and drive the infection as low as possible before May 5th. We need to stay at home leaving only to shop for essential food and goods, attend medical appointments , collect medicine, for care of children , the elderly or other vulnerable people, exercise outdoors within the 2 km distance while practising physical distancing or to travel to work if you’re an essential worker. We must not speculate as to when Ireland would open or what restrictions would be lifted first.
So, as before we advise all members to adhere to the guidelines, keep safe and look forward to brighter days when we can move freely once again.
Free Meals:
During the current Covid-19 crisis, a large Food manufacturer in Carrickmacross Kerry Foods, in conjunction with Monaghan GAA is offering to supply free frozen ready meals to the people of the county who may be in need of assistance.
To register your interest please contact Corduff Gaels Chairperson Peter 0876139319 or Secretary Majella 0871216055 as soon as possible.
Impact On GAA And LGFA Activity:
All GAA and LFGA activity at club and inter-county level continues to be suspended until we receive the green light to resume activity. Corduff Gaels / Ladies would like to remind the public that ALL GAA facilities in Corduff, including both pitches and the walking track will remain closed for the unforeseeable future and we ask people to respect this directive hard and all as it is.
The lack of GAA/LGFA activity has left a void in all our lives as the training / games / Lotto gave structure to our lives . Therefore it is important to maintain a healthy body and healthy mind. Physical exercise is still permitted as long as the physical distancing is adhered to.
Monaghan Ladies #ditchthebootscampaign
Last week Monaghan Ladies hosted their #ditchtheboots fundraiser aiming to run 1000km in 7 days while pledging money towards their 3 chosen organisations The Frontline Staff, SOSAD and DoItForDan. The week long fundraiser exceeded their expectations as they ran more than 1000km and raised much more money than expected. Corduff Ladies would like to congratulate Laura McEnaney, one of the organisers and Eva Woods, Monaghan player and Front Line worker in Beaumont Hospital for coming up with this initiative. Corduff Ladies would like to thank all members who participated in the club jersey day and the dawn run on Saturday. It shows what can be done when we all work together, while apart  even during these challenging times!

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