FUNDRAISER FOR FRONT LINE STAFF: A big thanks to all those who supported the recent fundraising initiative organised by Monaleen and Ballysteen GAA Clubs to help raise funds to purchase equipment and supplies that are needed at this moment for our Front Line Staff at University Hospital, Limerick. The fundraiser realised a fantastic sum of €6,000. Preparations have been made to have the money be donated to UHL. Monaleen and Ballysteen GAA clubs were due to open their respective Limerick Senior Football Championship campaigns against each other earlier in the month.

However, with the fixture postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the clubs decided to come together with the aim of raising funds for the front line hospital staff. Both clubs are grateful to all who supported this initiative and showed solidarity with our medical professionals who are working tirelessly throughout this current National Public Health Emergency.

SHINE YOUR LIGHT: The floodlights at Monaleen GAA Club were programmed to come on for 30 minutes on Saturday night last. As part of the initiative, people of all ages from all parts of Ireland as well as a number of sports clubs, took part in the campaign in a gesture of hope and solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

HELP AVAILABLE: Monaleen GAA club recognises that the current advise re-social distancing and isolation can leave members of our community with challenging situations. If there’s anything we can do to help you, for instance dog walking, grocery drops, even a regular phone check in with you, please let us know, we’d be delighted to help where we can. Contact Alan at 087 7766022 or Caroline at 087 6448807.

Monaleen GAA Club has teamed up with Centra in Monaleen Stores and Newtown Shopping Centre to help people in our community who are in isolation. Working together, Centra can get your groceries together and one of the club’s volunteers will drop them to your home. Phone your grocery list into Centra Annacotty at 061-333947 or Monaleen at 061-338287 between 9am and 4pm. Let us look after you during these difficult days.

COVID-19: In line with the position advised by Limerick County GAA board, Monaleen GAA club respectfully requests parents not to send their children to club grounds during the period of social distancing put in place by the Government. This position has been taken to limit community transmission of the Coronavirus and in order to protect vulnerable people in our locality. Signs have now been erected clearly indicating that the pitch is closed, with access prohibited. Adults, please lead by example, parents, please tell your children why it is important to keep a social distance. We must stay apart for the safety of all of our community.

CONDOLENCES: It is with great sadness that all in Monaleen GAA Club learned of the sudden passing of Ted Collins, Monaleen Road. Deepest sympathy to Ted’s wife Nancy, son David, daughter Ann-Marie, daughter-in-law Marie, son in law David and his grand children Rory and Enda who play with the club, relatives and friends. A memorial mass to celebrate Ted’s life will take place at a later date. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on April 9 with the jackpot standing at €20,000. The numbers drawn were 15, 17, 30 and 32. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were P. Ryan, Ballysimon; R O’Shaughnessy, Newtown; A. Staunton, Castletroy Hts; C. Donegan, O.S.R. The subscriber draw was staged on Thursday night last ‘behind closed doors’. The draw was streamed on Instagram. Thank you for your support.

NEW ARRIVAL: Huge congratulations to Jane and Paddy O’Halloran on the arrival of baby Ogie. Great to get some really positive news at this time!

RE-LIVE CLASSIC GAA GAMES: The GAA, in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, launched the GAA Digital Archive at Croke Park providing free access to past GAA matches to internet users around the world. 113 All-Ireland finals since 1961 are included in the archive and provincial finals from 1961 also feature. The new archive also includes All-Ireland club finals since 1989. In all, over 500 football and hurling matches were retrieved from broadcasters and information such as date, result, venue, referee, scorers and teams and substitutions was added. This might be useful to all GAA fans during this time of isolation! Go to…

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