Corduff Gaels Club Notes
As we enter the final days of Phase 1 of the roadmap to reopen the country the GAA issued this media release last Friday 29th May. We have reason to be optimistic that the running track will reopen next week subject to the roadmap moving to Phase 2 as outlined below.
The GAA continues to monitor closely the ongoing pandemic and the Government’s roadmap relating to the relaxation of restrictions.
The Association notes that we remain in Phase One and await an update about the possible move to Phase Two on June 8, as outlined by the authorities.
Should the country move to Phase Two as planned, GAA Clubs will be able to re-open designated walking tracks on June 8, subject to engagement with Croke Park around a facilities management plan.
We do not envisage a return to training in small groups in Phase Two and pitches and playing areas are to remain closed. However, as per the government roadmap, this may be reviewed in Phase Three.
The GAA can also confirm that it will publish its Return to Safe Activity Document when the government signals that the country has moved to the second phase of its plan.
This document will require approval from the government’s own expert group on Return to Sport, which we continue to work with. This group currently considers Gaelic games a ‘Phase 4’ sport.
Progress has also been made in re-configuring the 2020 GAA Kelloggs’ Cúl Camps and subject to the country moving onto the next phase of its recovery, we will provide more details about this initiative.
The GAA has stuck rigidly to the government’s plan and dates from the outset of this outbreak and will continue to do so, taking advice from medical experts and our own Advisory Committee.
We re-affirm our position that no one is keener to return to games and general games-related activity but this will only be considered when it is acceptable to do so to maximise the safety and well-being of our players, members and wider society.
LGFA Latest directive:
The LGFA has suspended the LGFA Injury Fund from Friday May 22nd. This will be the situation until such time that training and playing activity are sanctioned for return by the LGFA. All GAA and training facilities are closed until the 20th July.
Should an individual sustain an injury and incur medical costs while taking part in an online training session or an individual training programme from 22nd May, the individual will be responsible for all costs.
Health & Wellbeing:
In the current circumstances of COVID-19, face to face supports are hard to access but community supports are still operating. Whether you’re young or old it is easy to feel alone during these challenging times but a listening ear is only a call or a click away. In the Monaghan area there is a full list of local and national services which can be accessed by phone or online. Check out the Health And Wellbeing section on the Monaghan GAA website for full details of services available https://www.monaghangaa.ie/healthwellbeing/
Frozen Meals Initiative:
Over the past few weeks Monaghan GAA in conjunction with Kerry Foods Carrickmacross have come together for the frozen foods initiative whereby Kerry Foods have supplied frozen meals to clubs in the county. Corduff Gaels have received meals every week and the club would like to extend its gratitude to Kerry Foods and Monaghan GAA. Also thanks to the club volunteers who collected the meals and distributed them in the area.
The “It’s Good To Talk” Initiative:
Current and former Monaghan Senior players and management have, for the last few weeks been calling the elderly and those cocooning in the county and nationwide. The response to the initiative has been truly amazing. Many Gaels in the Corduff area were nominated by the club or family and have received calls. These calls have brightened their days! Corduff Gaels would like to thank all players who made the calls and reached out to those in our area.