UPDATE: Monaleen GAA club has begun to formalise it’s return to play protocols, in line with the GAA/LGFA/Camogie Association guidelines, in the hope of commencing training from 29th June. We will communicate these protocols to you all as we finalise them.

In the meantime, we must advise all members that both the Clubhouse Grounds and Newtown Grounds remain out of bounds, and respectfully request members not to enter either property.

One of the requirements for a return to play is a Covid Compliance Officer for each team. This is an administrative role, and cannot be undertaken by the team coach. This person will need to be at training sessions, so it may well be a good idea to have more than one Covid officer. Initially we have decided to phase in a return from U12 up, giving us time to put all proper procedures in place before young children return.

We therefore request that each team manager or coach from U12 up across all codes seek volunteers within their groups and submit the name of the volunteer to James Johnson for Camogie, John Noonan for Juvenile, Audrey Ruschitzko for Ladies Football and Caroline O’Kane for minor through senior hurling and football. Training cannot take place in the absence of a Covid Compliance Officer. Full training will be given for the role and each volunteer will be supported by the Club in this role.

Parents and guardians will be required to self declare your own or your child’s temperature prior to return to training. With this in mind, we have secured a deal with Ollie Halley Pharmacist in Newtown Shopping Centre to provide thermometers to Monaleen GAA Club members, at a reduced price of €7.95. These normally retail at €10. Please mention that you are a club member when purchasing.

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: We are very disappointed to report damage and vandalism that has taken place in the clubhouse grounds over the past few days. There is a recurring element of anti-social behaviour in recent times, and we have now referred this to An Garda Siochána for investigation and follow up action. As you know, everything we have results from considerable volunteer efforts and fundraising. We therefore ask all our club and community members to be vigilant and report any untoward behaviour to a club officer or the Gardaí.

HELP AVAILABLE: Monaleen GAA club recognises that the current advice 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.

SYMPATHY: It was with great sadness that everyone at Monaleen GAA Club learned of the passing of Michael O’Donovan, Monaleen, father-in-law of Club Registrar, Barry Coffey. Sincere sympathy is extended to Barry and Claudine and their family at this difficult time. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on Thursday, June 11 with the jackpot standing at €20,000. The numbers drawn were 11, 22, 27 and 35. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were C. Bourke, Beechwood; A/M Noonan, Fairways; R. Hartnett, Caislean na hAbhann; C. Newton, Woodhaven. The subscriber draw was staged on Thursday night last ‘behind closed doors’. The draw was streamed on Facebook and Instagram Stories. Thank you for your continued support.