A historic week for the club as we secure the ownership of the new grounds in Streame, the latest return to play guidelines while Lily and Anna both raise €300 for frontline workers. All this and more in this week’s news on the Blues
New Grounds in Streame
After a number of years of hard work, meetings and negotiations we are thrilled to announce that the grounds in Streame are now officially ours with the purchase being confirmed during the week.
The purchase of the ten-acre site just off The Dark Road will secure our club for decades to come after the phenomenal growth of our juvenile and camogie sections over the last twenty years. MacDonagh Park was bursting at the seems with hurlers, camógs and footballers training for and playing our national games and the club was struggling to find time slots to accommodate all of our teams.
The new grounds can be accessed from MacDonagh Park with the old Grey’s Lane providing a passage way from the scoreboard end at the Monaree side to the new site.
A huge amount of work remains to be done over the coming years to transform the grounds into pristine playing pitches and numerous fundraising activities will have to be seriously considered. With that in mind we ask all of our players, members and supporters to please join our lotto online and help us prepare for the next stage in our club’s exciting history.
Return to Play
The following changes to the return to activity guidelines are being made after recommendations from this morning’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee.
These changes were subsequently endorsed by the GAA, the Camogie Association and the LGFA.
- Open pitches for Adult training next Wednesday, June 24th.
- Open for Minor and below from Saturday, June 27th.
- Both of the above on a non-contact basis and on the understanding that players and all participants have completed the eLearning module and are following the control measures in place (health questionnaire etc).
- On the basis of a maximum of 15 players in a designated area of the field (26 Counties) and 10 players in a designated area of the field (6 Counties).
- Coaching numbers for underage teams to be consistent with Code of Behaviour.
From June 29th:
- Allow contact training and challenge games for all from Monday, June 29th (26 Counties).
- We await guidance from the NI Executive in relation to 6 Counties – non-contact training in the numbers outlined above in the interim.
- We also await clarification on what will constitute a close contact versus a casual contact.
- Restriction on participants-only attending training sessions to be relaxed from June 29th – subject to government specified maximum of 200 people in the ground.
- Allow Club Fixtures from Friday July 17th.
- No change to inter-county dates (Sept 14th for training; competitions to start on Oct 17th as planned).
- All control measures for players, coaches and other team personnel (completion of health questionnaire, eLearning education etc) is to remain in place until advised otherwise; dressing rooms to remain closed until July 20th
- The Advisory Committee is considering the position in relation to other GAA buildings (such as Club bars that are serving food, Gyms, Handball alleys etc). Guidance will be provided in this context before June 29th.
Covid-19 Online Learning
The GAA have launched the Covid-19 education E-learning module on-line to inform club members on the safe return to Gaelic Games guidelines.
This E-learning module MUST be completed by all team mentors,adult players, covid supervisors and parents/guardians of juvenile players BEFORE returning to play/train.
It takes about twenty minutes to complete and you will be issued with a certificate at the end which MUST be presented to the Covid Supervisor before returning to play/training
To complete the module please click here.
Our new and exciting Community Lotto is now up and running and we encourage all of our players, members and supporters to join online. If you would like to subscribe please click here.
The very first jackpot will be €2,100 and will grow by €100 every week it is not won. For further information about how our lotto works please click here.
Specsavers Éire Óg Under eight and ten boys and girls fun challenge – “Eye on the Ball” -we are delighted that one of our major sponsors have given us forty goodie bags as spot prizes for a fun challenge. Any child who sends a video of themselves hitting a target with a sliotar or football are entered in a draw for a goodie bag. We have received some ingenious and very original ideas for this competition from our young stars. Snippets of some entries have been circulating on the various groups and the eagerly anticipated final videos will be issued very soon for everyone to enjoy. Winners of the goody bags will also be announced in the coming days, good luck to every girl and boy who entered. Thank you to Kieran and Niall for all the work you have put into coordinating this event. This is our last hurrah to keep the children’s spirits up while away from the field. For any child that wishes to return and their family feels comfortable around their child’s return we hope to have the children back able to train the first week in July subject to all safety protocols. It will have been fifteen long weeks for them away from the training field! Well done and thanks to all the parents that promoted Gaelic games throughout this time.
Under sixteen teams are receiving recorded training sessions to practice skills in the garden. These recorded sessions are also posted on the Éire Og newsletter for anyone to revisit. Management and players are very much looking forward to getting back on the training field.
Thank you to all the parents who encourage and support practicing our games at home each day, this is central to the children maintaining and developing skill levels and ultimately the enjoyment of our games.
Thank you to all those who have already signed up on line to the new Nenagh Éire Óg club lotto. Please visit www.nenagheireog.com for anyone else who wishes to join.
Lilly Morris and Anna Ryan- both under 12’s camóg’s organised a bake sale for frontline workers. They raised an amazing €300 which they have donated to Ireland Thanks You. Well done girls.