GAA-COVID-19

Newcastle West GAA fully endorse the Croke Park media release (see below) and encourage our community to follow Department of Health guidelines in relation to Covid-19. 

ALL training sessions, ALL matches, ALL challenges, ALL events for ALL ages under the auspices of Limerick GAA are cancelled until May 5th or until further notice. ALL facilities including gym are closed for use until further notice. We would appreciate your adherence to this notice.  Newcastle West GAA weekly club lotto draws will be suspended/postponed for the coming weeks until at least May 5th.  Note also that no further registration evenings will take place either during that time. We encourage as many members as possible to use our online facility to pay membership for this season. You may also call with membership fees to the business premises Delicate Lingerie of club chair Margaret Hannan when restrictions are lifted.  As the situation continues to change from day to day, we want all to remain healthy in this time of national and global importance.


Update on GAA club and inter-county championships (14ú Aibreán, 2020)

The GAA acknowledges last weekend’s Government announcement of the extension of current restrictions until May 5th and its impact on the scheduling of sporting events and working practices, and has factored the extension of the arrangements into its contingency planning.

To that end, the Association can confirm that club activity remains suspended until May 5th.

The Senior inter-county championships, scheduled to begin in May, will be postponed until further clarity on the current situation is available.

However, it is the Association’s view that it is highly unlikely these will be rescheduled any time before the beginning of July, at the earliest.

When sporting activity recommences, the GAA will accommodate both club and county games. The Association also intends to complete the Allianz Leagues, or at least those games that have a bearing on next year's divisions, where possible.

A Special Congress, to be held remotely, will take place this Friday to propose decision-making flexibility to allow us vary competition structures, if required, in advance of resuming games.

In keeping with the approach of the Association since the start of this crisis, all of our decisions will be based on the advice of the medical professionals and the government.

Finally, the GAA would again like to thank our members and units for their support at this time and for continuing to adhere to the government guidelines.


Guidelines on secure staging of online training sessions (6ú Aibreán, 2020)

The GAA today issued guidelines relating to the safe and secure staging of on-line training sessions for our players and teams.

Included were protocols around organising these sessions, outlining the safeguards that must be adhered to when staging this type of activity and a guide to using ‘Microsoft Teams’, an online collaboration tool which is available to holders of official GAA email addresses and can be used to organise club activities with members.

The communication was made with the intention of providing best practice to our Units and the information issued can be found and downloaded here.


A message for GAA club members (1ú Aibreán, 2020)

The following is a message to GAA members from Uachtarán CLG, John Horan, and Ard Stiúrthóir CLG, Tom Ryan.

A chairde, We are living in the most extraordinary times. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything about our world and has impacted upon so much of what we thought was normal about our lives.

Like all sport, Gaelic Games have gone into hibernation. But it is a source of enormous pride to us that what has not disappeared or become dormant has been the spirit and the passion for community that is the lifeforce of the GAA in every corner of this island.

Clubs big and small and across towns and rural parishes are doing what the GAA has been proud to do for 136 years – and that’s be a light and a standard for the people who they represent.

We have always said that the GAA ultimately, is all about People – People working together for a goal. We have a common goal now like never before. Our goal is to help the island of Ireland push back against the spread of this virus and give the people of Ireland the best chance possible of limiting its impact and being able to hopefully, some day in the not too distant future, come out the other side.

This community spirit is also prominent among our hundreds of GAA clubs overseas who are such a vital support network for our Diaspora. To the people posting skills drills for stuck at home players, keep up the good work. To all of those who have been able to offer help to the vulnerable in their communities, we extend our sincerest míle buíochas and urge you to stay safe while doing so and follow all the advice and guidelines from the health and statutory authorities.

From the outset of this crisis the GAA has been working closely with the HSE and we have made all of their guidelines available to all of our clubs. Their request for our support has deepened in recent times. The large car parking facilities at Croke Park have been made available for staff working in nearby hospitals.


Club Together - The GAA and SuperValu/Centra (26ú Márta, 2020)

Dia Dhaoibh a chairde,


We hope you and your families are all keeping well and safe in these challenging times.

Please see attached correspondence relating to a new initiative involving the GAA and Musgraves (SuperValu and Centra).

Working together, we are attempting to establish a support network to assist with the delivery of essentials to elderly and isolated members of our communities.

The project will be getting a big push in the coming days through the media and across various social channels and the ask of the GAA is to pair each of their stores with a willing club who can assist in the provision of volunteers.

We hope you see merit in it and share with your members.


Thanks in advance for your support and if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Le meas,
GAA Communications Dept.
Rannóg Cumarsáide CLG / GAA Communications Dept.Gutháin / Tel : +353 (01) 865 8659CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 /GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3

Statement from Tom Ryan, Director General | Latest update COVID-19 (25ú Márta, 2020)A chairde, 

I wish to draw your attention again to our previously issued guidance document of March 20th.

We advised you that, until March 29th, games and training were suspended, club gyms were to close, and Player Injury Fund cover was suspended.  

We subsequently instructed that club bars should also close for the period.

 

Club Operations

Please be advised that, in line with recent government announcements, these measures and closures are now extended to Sunday April 19 inclusive, at which stage arrangements will be reviewed. 

In addition, we are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely.

This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.

Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended.

In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, Clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical. Clubs of course should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.

Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.

Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.

 

Community Support

As a national / international organisation, we have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.

It is imperative that we exercise extreme caution keeping two metres between people when taking physical exercise while encouraging people to consider using off-peak times when they are less likely to meet others.

Attached is the latest messaging from the HSE covering guidelines around volunteering which we advise our clubs to consider as they involve themselves in community-based volunteer efforts.

Individual volunteers are asked to register with Volunteer Ireland (26 Counties) and Volunteer Now (Six Counties).

We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point.

We would also like to assure you that we, and the wider GAA team across our counties and provinces, are working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to return to our games when that time comes.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look out for one another and continue to adhere to the instructions of the Government and the Health Authorities at this most challenging time.

 

Go raibh maith agaibh,


Tomás Ó Riain      Seán Ó hÓráin

Ard Stiúrthóir         Uachtarán


Le meas,
GAA Communications Dept.
Rannóg Cumarsáide CLG / GAA Communications Dept.Gutháin / Tel : +353 (01) 865 8659CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 /GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3

Statement from Tom Ryan, Director General | COVID-19 Update  (16ú  Márta, 2020)

A chairde,

 

As you will no doubt be aware, the Irish Government moved on Sunday evening to confirm the closure of all pubs and bars in response to threat of Covid-19.

Accordingly, we remind all of our units with licensed premises that their club bars too fall under this directive and must remain closed until March 29, before which further instructions will follow from the relevant department.

As per last Friday’s correspondence, Club gyms are also to remain closed.

Furthermore, playgrounds on GAA club premises should now also close. If it is not possible to lock gates please put up notices advising that the playground is not to be used.

Please see attached the latest information from the Health Authorities.

All of this guidance is for direct application in Ireland and Britain but units elsewhere might wish to refer to it as best practice.

County officers in Ireland and Britain are also advised to adapt these measures for county grounds and training facilities where applicable.

I would like to thank our clubs, counties and members for their co-operation to date in playing their part in helping us - and by extension the country as a whole – to adhere to the measures issued last week as part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

I would also like to acknowledge the special efforts many of our club units have undertaken to assist the wider community. Clubs are encouraged to assist their local health services and to continue reaching out to vulnerable people in our communities at this challenging time.

 

Is Mise,

 

Tomás Ó Riain

Tom Ryan

Ard Stiúrthóir

Director General


Le meas,
GAA Communications Dept.
Rannóg Cumarsáide CLG / GAA Communications Dept.Gutháin / Tel : +353 (01) 865 8659CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 /GAA, Croke Park, Dublin


Statement from Coiste Ceannais na gComortaisí Luimní  regarding Fixtrues (15ú  Márta, 2020)

Coiste Ceannais na gComortaisí Luimní have made the decision to postponed all club championship games fixed for this April. It is proposed that we will engage with the Provincial Council and National CCC with a view to restructure our Games Programme. This may include the redesign of the current formats. If so, we will engage with the clubs prior to any decision being made. In summary, the club championships in Senior, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate, all U21 and Minor Hurling and Senior, Intermediate and Minor Football will not proceed in the month of April. County Leagues will resume when sanction is approved by the Statutory Bodies. We ask clubs please, please adhere to all guidelines outlined by the Government and the HSE.


Joint Media Release from the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the LGFA (12ú  Márta, 2020)

In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, inter-county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.  This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades.  We will continue to liaise with Government officials and review the situation between now and the end of the month, assessing the impact of these measures on our competitions.  In the meantime, the Association is encouraging all members to continue to follow the guidelines which have been provided by the health authorities.   For further information, contact Alan Milton, GAA Director of Communications on 01 8363 222.


Limerick GAA County Board Statement on COVID-19 (12ú  Márta, 2020)

Limerick GAA County Board have decided to cancel all club activities - training sessions, club games, challenge games, courses and events under our auspices from 6pm today until March 29th.  This also includes all Inter County Activity involving our inter county teams and Academies in both Hurling and Football.  Clubs are informed to cancel all internal activities.  We will take continued advice from the various Government Depts, HSE and Central Council CLG and we will provide updates when made available.

Ar aghaidh linn le chéile

Here, Uachtarán CLG John Horan and Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan spell out the GAA’s position and our request to all of our members to do the right thing and to play our part.




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