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May 5th, 2020

Scotstown GAA Club Notes. 05/05/2020

Extension of Covid-19 Restrictions and the Roadmap to Reopening.

In line with the extension to the social distancing restrictions by the government, all activities at club, inter-county and educational levels remain suspended. The government has released a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business document and we await the GAA’s Management Committee response to this when the meet later this week. In the meantime all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades, Scor activities, our Club shop, Social Club, Ciste and the walking track in Kilmore are suspended until further notice.

We will update you on any further developments on Social Media in the meantime. We are all on the same team, the (stay at) home team. Remember to wash your hands, adhere to social distancing and follow all HSE guidelines. Please keep up your good work and patience, we will get through this and thanks.

Make a Time Capsule from this challenging time initiative.

The 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic will go down in history as a major global event and a time capsule can illustrate to future generations what the experience of a lockdown is like. Natalie Long, a mom of two from Alberta, Canada, has taken note of how emotionally draining living through this pandemic can be. So to help both her children, 8-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old John, work through their feelings through this difficult time and also to make best of the spare time, she created a free, downloadable time capsule workbook specifically revolving around this uncertain time.

We have started an initiative to create a time capsule for the parish featuring both children’s and adult’s accounts of this lockdown. The links for the workbooks that can be filled with stories and pictures are available on our Scotstown GAA Facebook Page. A box will be left at the door of Urbleshanny church to place your entries in and the deadline to complete your entries is Tuesday 19th May. We will then place the capsule somewhere in Kilmore to be opened at some future date. The stories could be about the time when you didn’t go to school, meet your friends or play football etc. Thanks to everyone involved in this initiative and we hope you enjoy it.

New Club Lotto established

We are delighted to announce the establishment of an online Club Lotto. This will feature on our Clubforce platform and will commence shortly. We will have more details in next week’s notes and will notify all members on the date and how to play. Our Ciste draw will still continue, when restrictions are lifted with the monthly draws in the Social Club as before.

Kerry Foods and Monaghan GAA Generous Donation of meals

We again like to give thanks and praise to Kerry Foods branch in Carrickmacross in conjunction with Monaghan GAA for providing us and other clubs around the county with free Frozen Ready Meals for vulnerable people who are in need of assistance during this Covid 19 crisis. Thanks to all our volunteers who delivered the meals around the parish and this service is available for the next couple of weeks. Please phone a committee member for more information.


We are here to help

As we move on into the month of May, we would like to continue and reinforce our message that we are here to help. In light of the ongoing concerns and impacts to our daily lives over Covid-19, since March, Scotstown GAA would like to reassure those in our community that we are here to help. The health and wellbeing of our community is very important at this time and we can phone and have a chat with those that are alone or vulnerable check if they need anything, groceries, medicines, a friendly voice and reassuring chat can help.

If you are living away from the parish and have relatives that may need a hand getting in medicines or shopping or simply checking in with them, contact Cormac on 087 6504979 or any committee member. Please private message on the Scotstown GAA Facebook page with any other suggestions on how we can help over the next while. We will keep you updated on our Facebook page and we are and will look out for each other. As stated elsewhere in these notes there are leaflets with crucial local numbers and information available throughout the parish.

Please follow the HSE and World Health Organisation guidelines which will be frequently posted. We would also like to praise and thank the front-line staff in the services during this time and all the goodwill that is happening in our community. Thanks everyone for abiding by the stay at home, washing hands and social distancing guidelines and for being patient during this time. Stay safe.

Monaghan Senior Ladies Team Fundraiser

A final count for the #ditchtheboots campaign from the Senior Ladies totted up to €12,026. The 3 charities HSE NHS Sosad & Doitfordan will benefit greatly from this.

Well done all on the 2,080km the ladies & management put in over the 7 days, which is over twice the target! Thanks to all the Scotstown ladies that were involved in the event.

Phone your Céili.

An appropriate version in these times for our Making Your Céili initiative is “Phone your Céili”. We ask that all in the club to be conscious of all the venerable and vulnerable people in our parish and not to assume that someone else will think of them. Please check in on people over the phone, but please be mindful that you cannot visit people until the restrictions are lifted. Check with people if they are aware of their Eircodes which are crucial in these times. We have posted instructions on how to do this on the Scotstown Facebook page and our website.

Mass online in Tydavnet Parish

Mass will feature every Sunday 11:30am live on Facebook during the current restrictions on social gatherings. You can find it on the Facebook page “Tydavnet Parish RC Churches” and we are sharing it on our own Scotstown GAA page. Well done and thanks to everyone involved.

Leaflets on crucial local numbers

There are Tydavnet Parish Community Health and Wellbeing leaflet of crucial local numbers and contact information for people in our community. These leaflets are going out through the local shops, churches etc. Many thanks to all those involved.

Scotstown GAA Social Media

Please check in on our Scotstown GAA Facebook page for updates and information, and puzzles and competitions. During these times social media is an invaluable means of staying connected and feeling engaged with the club and for all our community. We will also be posting items on our Twitter account and Clubforce platform.

Kilmore walking track closed.

As we have been instructed to close all our facilities from March, the Kilmore Walking track remains closed. As stated above as soon as we have a statement from the GAA on the reopening of facilities in response to the Government’s exit strategy we will let you know what date the track can reopen. We urge motorists to take extra care on the roads to be mindful of the probable increase of pedestrian usage. We also encourage our walkers to heed the advice of good walking on the road practice.

Pieta House – Darkness into Light

With Darkness into Light being postponed, Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm needs help urgently. This was their major fundraiser, so RTÉ 2fm and Electric Ireland are asking us to join them in a new show of hope. Instead of all walking together this year, from your homes they are asking us to join them at sunrise this Saturday May 9th for a very special sunrise moment as one community, in support of those affected by suicide. Please donate what you can on darknessintolight.ie and share your sunrise moment on May 9th using #DIL2020

Thanks to Monaghan GAA

We would like to thank Monaghan GAA for all their updates and for sharing some our posts on their Social Media platform.

Remember to get medical help if you need it

Emergency departments (EDs) are still open and are here to help in all medical emergencies. In particular, if you or someone else is showing signs of a stroke or heart attack do not be afraid to go to your local ED. Call 112 or 999 immediately for emergency help. It’s also important that patients contact their GP for advice on how best to manage their existing illnesses and / or if anything is wrong and it’s important that people know general practice is open.

To the resumption of football

We look forward to some form of an approximate indicative schedule of fixtures and we hope that play resumes soon, possibly in late summer. We hope all other clubs are keeping well and safe and we look forward to playing you all again.

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