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May 12th, 2020

Scotstown GAA Club Notes. 12/05/2020

Extension of GAA Covid-19 Restrictions to July 20th.

The GAA released an update for clubs and counties in response to the government’s roadmap to reopening the country. In line with the extension to the social distancing restrictions by the government, all activities at club, inter-county and educational levels remain suspended until July 20th. 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.

We will update you on any further changes to this date, if any, and on what activities will commence whenever they are definitive. 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.

New Scotstown GAA Online Club Lotto – First Draw Wednesday 20th May.

In this time as we struggle to raise funds an Online lotto provides the means to raise much needed funds when all our other avenues have been shut or severely constrained during this current Covid 19 crisis. Instead of paying a fiver for a league match that would be happening as we speak, you can still offer your support for Scotstown GAA by playing our new online Lotto. Furthermore, our family and friends outside the parish and abroad can play too and feel part of the club, supporting us through these difficult times.

All funds raised from online Lotto Draw goes directly to Scotstown GAA, so that we can continue to finance our ongoing expenses and invest in our future as a Gaelic Football club and a hub for the communities in which we live and serve.

When playing online you will receive the Lotto results and club news updates through Clubforce and by email after each draw has taken place.

Among the many features of the online lotto on offer are:

The Scotstown GAA online Lotto Draw takes place every Wednesday at 8:30pm with

last entries at 8pm.

The draw is conducted on-line and is fully automated using secure facilities.

There are 4 numbers to choose from a range of 1 to 31.

Match the 4 numbers to win the Jackpot of €2,000.

If no jackpot winner €100 is rolled over to the following week.

Also if there is no jackpot winner there will be lucky dips.

First draw Wednesday 20th May at 8:30pm.

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 Next 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.

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. A big thank you to all our volunteers who delivered 152 meals around the parish last Thursday. This service is available for the next couple of weeks. Please contact Cormac on 087 6504979 or a committee member for more information.

We are here to help

As we move on further 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 government guidelines which are frequently posted. We hope to be moving into Phase 1 of the Roadmap of Reopening the Country next Monday 18th May and all being well GAA activities can commence during phase 4 on July 20th (as outlined above). 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.

Pieta House – Darkness into Light

Well done to everyone involved with the Darkness into Light initiative last Saturday. At Dawn, that day, our candles and messages of Hope were shining bright for the Electric Ireland Darkness Into Light 2020 at St Mary’s Park, Scotstown and all around Tydavnet Parish and beyond in aid of Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and

Self Harm. Many thanks to all those involved this morning and all of your superb pictures that were shared on our Facebook page (please see Scotstown GAA page); and for donating to Pieta House. Thanks too to Monaghan GAA for raising awareness about this initiative as well.

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 remains closed until July 20th.

As we have been instructed to close all our facilities from March, the Kilmore Walking track remains closed until July 20th. As stated above as soon as we have had a statement from the GAA on the reopening of facilities in response to the Government’s exit strategy. 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.

Thanks to Monaghan GAA

We would like to thank Monaghan GAA for all their updates, keeping us informed 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 y

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