There has been no winner of the jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club weekly lottery draw since Conor Snow, Glenwilliam, won €20,000 on Saturday July 20th 2019 in Trainor’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn on Saturday January 2nd were 2, 10, 12 and 32. The €11,200 jackpot was not won. Lucky dips of €20 went to Kay and Maireád O’Gorman’s Shop promoter Niall Fitzgerald, Ballykennedy promoter Stephen Stapleton, Stephen Stapleton promoter Anthony Cronin, Donal Mulcahy promoter. The next draw will be held on Saturday January 9th for a jackpot of €11,300. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops.
Thank you for your continued support.
Unfortunately owing to current Covid 19 restrictions we had to cancel our 12th annual Knockfierna King of the Hill challenge on St. Stephen’s Day obviously this was a great pity but Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club officials feel that this was the safest course of action. We hope an alternative date of 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, or the Easter weekend could be arranged if safe to do so and if not hopefully we will be together again for the King of the Hill hurling challenge next St. Stephen’s Day.
County Senior Hurling Championship Final
Na Piarsaigh 5-27, Doon 1-12.
County Senior Hurling Cup Final
Blackrock 1-20, Monaleen 0-19.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section A Relegation Final
Ahane 0-28, Adare 2-17.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section B Relegation Final
Garryspillane 0-24, Murroe Boher 1-17.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section B Promotion Final
Ballybrown 2-15, South Liberties 2-9.
County Senior Football Championship Final
Adare 4-7, Ballylanders 0-4.
County Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-14, Galtee Gaels 2-10
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Kildimo Pallaskenry 0-22, Mungret/St. Paul’s 1-13
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final
Dromin/Athlacca 2-25, Bruree 1-19.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Newcastlewest 1-24, Na Piarsaigh 1-22
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final
Granagh/Ballingarry 1-16, St. Patrick’s 1-14
County Intermediate Football Championship Final
Claughaun 0-10, Gerald Griffin’s 0-7
County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Croagh/Kilfinny v Claughaun, Dromcollogher/Broadford v Patrickswell to be played in to mid late February. Final to be played a week after the semi finals if it is safe to do so.
County Junior A Football Championship Final
Crecora Manister 1-11, Monagea 0-11
County Intermediate Football Championship Relegation Final
Monaleen 3-10, Mountcollins 2-10.
County Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Finals
To be played in mid to late February after divisional championships are finished. County Final to be played a week after semi finals.
County Junior B Football Championships Semi Finals
To be played in mid to late February after divisional champions are finished. County Final to be played a week after semi finals.
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Final
Doon 0-18, Patrickswell 0-17
County U21A Hurling Championship Final
Adare 1-25, Bruff 1-16.
County U21B Hurling Championship Final
Cois Laoi Gaels 1-18, Ballybricken/Bohermore/Fedamore 0-9
County U21 13-a-side Hurling Championship Final
Crecora Manister 2-21, Knockaderry 2-11
County Premier U21A and B and 13-a-side Football Championship
All to be redrawn with two chances to be played in January and February if it is safe to do so.
County Premier Minor Hurling Championship Final
Ballybrown 3-23, Mungret/St. Paul’s 0-20
County Minor A Hurling Championship Final
Adare 1-25, Bruff 1-16
County U21B Hurling Championship Final
Knockaderry 1-13, Belville Gaels 0-15
County 13-a-side Minor Hurling Championship Final
Glenroe 4-13, Kildimo Pallaskenry 2-15
County Premier Minor Football Championship Final
Fr. Casey’s v Newcastlewest to be played in January with a three-week lead time if safe to do so.
County Minor A Football Championship Final
Adare v South Liberties/Fedamore to be played in January with a three-week lead time if safe to do so.
County Minor B Football Championship Final
Ahane 0-12, Rathkeale 0-8
Any Granagh/Ballingarry players wishing to be regraded from intermediate to junior B hurling for 2021 should contact club secretary John Lynch at 087 29122356 as soon as possible as forms must be returned to the county secretary before the last week in January.
The following are the lucky winners of the Granagh/Ballingarry Club monthly draw for November and December:
November: €400 Pa Joe Boyce promoter Mike Chawke, €100 Paddy Hennessy promoter Paddy Hennessy, €100 Betty Cagney promoter Pat Cagney, €100 Stephanie and Harry Sheehy promoter Mike Healy.
December: €400 Billy O’Connor promoter Conor O’Keeffe, €100 Pat Noonan promoter Donal Mulcahy,€100 Pat Horgan promoter Donagh McCarthy, €100 Mike Healy promoter Mike Healy. The next draw will take place at the end of January. Thank you to draw co-ordinator Eoin Kennedy, the promoters and to all the punters who supported the draw during the year. Remember if you are not in you cannot win.
Club Specific Guidelines
Club Games and Training
In level 5 and under the current Covid 19 restrictions individual training only is permitted, neither adult nor underage teams may grain collectively. GAA Club grounds must stay closed, club games are not permitted.
Use of Indoor Team Facilities
Dressing rooms, showers and all other indoor training facilities should remain closed for club activities. Club gyms must remain closed until further notice.
Committee Meetings
No indoor meetings can be held.
Officer Training
All officer training must be delivered online, outdoor coaching education courses are not permitted.
Club Bars
Club bars must remain closed until the current restrictions are lifted.
Indoor Events on GAA Property
No organised indoor gatherings can take place under the current restrictions, commercial use of indoor halls (for example by state bodies e.g. HSE/schools) is permitted where agreement was in place prior to March 2020 and relevant insurance are in place.
Note: These are the only instances in which indoor activity is permitted on GAA Club property.
Outdoor Events on GAA Property
No outdoor gatherings on GAA property is permitted with the exception of walkways may start open for use by the community with social distancing in place.
Training and Games at Senior, Minor and U20
The GAA’s intention remains that collective outdoor training for senior, inter and county panels only may re-commence from January. However, given the current growth rates of the Covid 19 virus this date is ;under review, if there is any change to this as a return to collective training date, counties and clubs will be informed as soon as possible. For the moment senior intercounty players may train on an individual basis only in club or county owned gyms. No training is currently permitted for any other intercounty panels, e.g. minor/U20. Further information on the completion of the 2020 minor and U20 competitions will be issued in January.
Games and Training
Neither competitive nor challenge games are permitted in 2nd level schools. Training is permitted during school hours and as part of school approved PE programmes only. Neither games or training are permitted to take place at 3rd level.
Advice for use of club gyms
The following advice taken from the Ireland Active Framework for safe operation should be followed when opening GAA club facilities,
Social distancing of 2m should always be maintained
Participants should not congregate before or after activities and facilities should design internal flows to reflect this.
Facilities should plan for a maximum of 1 person, 4 square metres (2m x 2m) and in accordance with government advice to maximum capacities for indoor activities.
Ensure adequate ventilation avoiding recycling of air to avoid the possibility of infection in accordance with HSE/HAS guidance.
Carry out frequent cleaning of surfaces and wipe downs of contact surfaces with single use disinfectant wipes or strong disinfectants and microfibre cloths.
User should not share towels, water bottles at all.
All of the standard infection control guidance from the HSE should be heeded.
There should be no hands-on adjustments or physical contact during training.
Spacing of exercise machines/equipment should be undertaken to ensure 2m distance between equipment. An alternative may be to use every second piece of equipment or the closing of certain stationary equipment to ensure 2m distancing.
Equipment which is 2m apart should not be played where exercisers are facing each other.
Spin bikes should be staggered and spaced 2m apart to avoid spray back.
Loose equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, free weights etc should be used by one exerciser and cleaned in between each use by users or staff.
Booking of time slots should be employed in order to enable safe management and recording of users in the facility.
Where spotting of weights is being undertaken, face coverings should be worn.
All areas within the gym where social distancing is particularly challenging should be kept closed, players should not enter the gym prior to their assigned reservation.
Adequate signage and reminders should be provided at entrances and in strategic places within the gym providing instructions on social distancing and hygiene, use of cloth face coverings or masks, and laugh and sneeze etiquette.
The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days/weeks regarding changes in Government guidelines before liaising with County Boards and clubs. The Association acknowledge all the clubs who have worked diligently in complying with the public advice around the staging of games and training sessions now more than ever we should continue with this approach.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club membership fees for 2021 are now due and are €40 for adult players (€120 with club draw), €20 for students and non players, €15 for Bord na nÓg – €120 per family. Non players who pay €100 club draw fee in full will automatically become members for 2021. Fees should be paid on or before 31st March to club registrar John Carroll or any club official. To train or play for the club you have to be insured. If you have not yet registered, we ask you to do so. It is generally felt by club officers that any member or player should feel obliged to get their membership paid as soon as possible and we must reiterate that people who have not paid will not be covered by insurance or entitled to any privileges whatsoever from our club.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club will hold their first special general meeting of 2021 on Friday 29th January at 8.15pm in the clubhouse in Ballingarry or virtually through the Microsoft team if current restrictions are still in place.
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A happy new year to all in our club, to our friends at the Weekly Observer/Vale Star and to people everywhere who have read our column over the past 28 years.