COVID-19: We remain in Level 5 restrictions and must comply wholeheartedly with the restrictions in spirit and in practice. We thank everyone for their compliance in this regard. Monaleen CV-19 outreach team have made a number of runs to Centra Monaleen & SuperValu Castletroy. We’re happy to support our community in these challenging times. Contact Alan at 087 7766022 or Caroline at 087 6448807.
LOTTO: Our lotto collectors have been doing mighty work in the past few weeks to contact our lotto members and “book” them in for 2021. This has presented challenges as we are limited by Level 5 Covid restrictions. As a result numbers in the lotto will likely be down on previous years, unfortunately at a time when we are commencing the development of our pitch on Peafield Road. We would be extremely grateful therefore if all club members who have not already joined would do so, and also reach out to their friends and family and let them know about our club lotto. At only €8.34 per month standing order or €100 per year once off payment, it would help us hugely in our endeavours to provide top class facilities for our Members. Please contact any of the following: your child’s head coach, James Johnson, Keenan Mullane, Audrey Rushitzko, Caroline O’Kane, or directly to any member of Monaleen GAA committee.
LATE BILLY COFFEY: All at Monaleen GAA Club were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Billy Coffey, a stalwart of Monaleen GAA Club, and Da​d to club registrar Barry. Billy had a long association with the Club. Last year the club celebrated the 1969 Junior County Championship winning team, of which Billy was a key member. Sincere sympathy to the Coffey family at this difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
CONDOLENCES: Heartfelt sympathies to the Collins family on the passing of Nancy Collins, Monaleen Road. The late Nancy Collins was mum of Monaleen GAA Club member and coach Dave. May she rest in peace.
HEALTHY CLUB: Nutrition & Healthy Eating: Dr. Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition with the Sport Ireland Institute, did an interview with on the importance of proper nutrition advice to protect physical and mental health of our players. Read the full interview here:
Spectrum Health have developed a free e-book called ‘Feel Good In February’ and have launched it for February 2021. It is filled with tips on moving more, improving sleep, and eating well! There is also a handy calendar to help you set goals and a weekly meal planner, plus easy-to-make tasty recipes. Download it now for free by clicking here: Digital Resources — Ireland’s Leading Provider of Allied Health Services (
GAA MUSEUM VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB: While it’s not possible to visit the GAA Museum or its Library & Archives in person right now, you can still learn more about Gaelic Games and the history of the Association by becoming a member of their new virtual GAA Museum Book Club. Each month the GAA Museum team will choose a well-known GAA book to read and review. At the end of the month, the museum will host a free online interview with the author, in which members can submit questions and comments. The ambition of the book club is to review some of the great GAA books and to give us all a much-needed sporting boost as we stay at home. You can find out more and how to get involved via the following link:
STEP CHALLENGE: GAA & Irish Life’s MyLife app ‘Healthy Club Steps Challenge’ came to an end on March 3rd. 4000km was the target for every club to be entered into a prize draw. Monaleen GAA Club recorded 19,324 steps. The overall club winners will be announced on March 11th once all data has been collated. In addition to the Irish Life prizes the GAA have added some extra prizes into the pot. A big round of applause to all you who signed up and stepped out, it’s a great achievement.
GAA ‘BE READY TO PLAY’: The Gaelic Games family launched ‘Be Ready to Play’, a Coaching and Sport Science programme in association with UPMC, official healthcare partner of the GAA and GPA, that will be delivered via webinars, website programmes, instructional videos and live online sessions. The programme is a holistic coaching and performance plan that will be of great benefit to all club coaches and players, male, female, adult, and youth alike. It will help them return to training post Covid in a way that will hopefully increase enjoyment, performance, and participation, while simultaneously reducing the risk of injury. Further details can be found here: Groundbreaking ‘Be Ready to Play’ coaching programme launched (
MINIMUM FITNESS TEST: Operation Transformation, in collaboration with DCU School of Health and Human Performance, have developed the Minimum Fitness Tests to demonstrate the minimum fitness standard for your age group. These tests are designed to show you where you sit within the minimum standards of physical fitness and give you a target to aim for within your age bracket and gender. You can find details of this attached to this email and also via the following link: Operation Transformation 2021 » Operation Transformation Minimum Fitness Test (
HSE STRESS CONTROL ONLINE: This is and evidence-based programme that teaches practical skills to deal with stress. It will help you to recognise the signs of stress such as how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts and help to develop skills to overcome panicky feelings and how to get a good night’s sleep. The course runs for three weeks starting on the 8th of March (timetable attached) and you can find further details at the following link:
MEMBERSHIP: Adult Membership is now open for 2021. Due to technical issues, we have not moved the registration to the new Foireann app, and registration remains, as in previous years, with Club Force…/gaa-monaleen-gaa-club-adult…/
CLUB SHOP: Monaleen GAA Club Shop now open online. For anyone who missed out on ordering club gear before Christmas, the Monaleen club shop is now open again for two weeks only. For all the gear, including some new items, check it out at
LOTTO: The latest Lotto draw took place on Thursday, March 4 with the jackpot standing at €20,000. The numbers drawn were 6, 14, 21 and 26. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were J. Bray, Glenside; B. Gleeson, Rivers; S. Lenihan, Glanntan. Last Thursday night’s was the last draw of the 2020 Lotto. The 2021 lotto will start next Thursday night from ‘The Shed’. Thank you for your continued support.
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The late Billy Coffey wi​​th Co Board Chairman John Cregan
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