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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News

10 May, 2020

The key messages for this week:

  • ‘Stay the Course’. With the announcement last week of the phased lifting of restrictions and the initial communication from the GAA there is room for optimism. This optimism is predicated on our continued adherence to travel restrictions and social distancing. In particular, it should be noted that club facilities are not open at this time.
  • Please remember you are not alone and we will get through this together. See Midleton GAA Community Assistance Program.  
  • The GAA Volunteers will also be playing an active role in the Local Authority Community Call (see below under Useful Numbers).
  • Practicing hurling, camogie and football skills will help in multiple ways.

Midleton GAA…at the ‘Heart of the Community’. Ní neart go cur le chéile. There is no strength without unity.

Covid-19 GAA Update for Clubs and Counties

This week saw guidance issued by the GAA in response to the Government’s plans for the phased opening of society and the economy. See full email correspondence below. As the situation evolves over the coming weeks further clarity will be made available on specific activities.


Email Communication from Croke Park – 8th May 2020

A chairde,

We hope you and your families are well during these unusual and challenging times for the country.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of so many of our clubs and members in community assistance projects with as many as 90% confirming in our Club Survey that they have been active in one way or another over the last eight weeks in helping those who need it most.

On the games front, the GAA has confirmed that no official on-field activity will resume before July 20 and our facilities will remain closed until that date. We do not expect any inter-county championship games before October 1.

The GAA will issue detailed advice before any return to play, outlining the steps we have to take to facilitate the re-commencement of our training and games, both in terms of physical engagement and around the use of our facilities.

As previously stated, the GAA Player Injury Scheme will remain closed until an official return to activity is confirmed.

In the weeks ahead our County Committees will be devising revised competition schedules for each county for games and activities at all levels and grades and that information will be shared when those arrangements are finalised and we have clarity around the government timelines.

Clubs are reminded that membership and public liability will need to be in place for the return of our activities and are advised to process same in the weeks ahead.

Allowing for the complexities associated with the current situation, the GAA continues to plan for the staging of this year's Kellogg's Cúl Camps and will communicate any changes to this approach with our clubs if they arise.

The maintenance of facilities can continue while adhering to the guidelines and as of May 18 construction work on our grounds is also permitted and clubs should liaise with their County Committees on this issue.

The Association has also been asked to urge our club units to promote best practice when it comes to social distancing at funerals while the current restrictions are in place.

In keeping with our approach to date, the Association will continue to liaise with government officials and experts, both north and south, and study their guidelines and advice regarding the resumption of sport.

Finally, our clubs and counties have played an important role in the effort against the pandemic and we thank all of our members for their work in this regard.

We also underline the importance of continuing to adhere to the guidelines to ensure that the country as a whole meets its targets in the coming weeks allowing us to make progress and facilitate a return to games when it is safe to do so.

Your role in this process, and that of your members, is as important as ever.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Seán Ó hÓráin                     Tomás Ó Riain

Uachtarán                             Ard Stiúrthóir


Full details of government roadmap can be found at:

Midleton GAA Community Assistance Programme – Covid-19

Even though we are planning to enter a phased re-opening, if you need assistance then please contact anyone on the list of volunteers. 


Midleton Magpie Profile

This week saw the commencement of our Midleton Magpie Profile series. Many thanks to those who have already sent their profiles in. A gentle nudge to those who have not.

How to access the form…go to homepage, click on ‘Magpie Profile Form’ link in top right hand corner, download form relevant to you/your child, fill our and return to your representative. If you don’t have their email address then you can send it to GAA PRO at




Well done to all who took part in the Darkness into Light Appeal early on Sat morning. Whilst this is a different event from previous years it was still very well supported and continues to play a vital role in the raising of awareness of the fight against suicide and self-harm.

Healthy Club Programme

The Mission of our Healthy Club Project is to empower the Club to enrich the lives of its members and the communities they serve. The clear Vision is to create a Club that is aware of the health and wellbeing needs of its members and is proactive in ensuring that all members feel valued and are enriched as a result of their engagement with the GAA. Whilst this Project has been ongoing for some time, a lot of work has been done in recent times at both national and local level to help and support our members and community in this time of need.

Part of this work has been to provide members with information. This week we would like to share some of this information with you.

Safeguarding & Vetting

Following recent club notes in relation to safeguarding and vetting as well as individual correspondence to those who need to fulfill their requirements there has been an absolutely fantastic response.  Thank you to everyone who got motivated and began renewal of one or both. It is much appreciated.  It is important to us as a club that we comply with mandatory requirements and the response from members to this request gives us a great sense of club spirit.  The environment in which our players train and play is important to all of us. Thank you

Any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams, or any team that has a player under 18 years of age must be vetted. The National Vetting Bureau Act 2012-2016 makes vetting a statutory obligation and therefore applies to everyone working with children.  Vetting can be done online through the E Vetting system

The GAA is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate.  In an attempt to achieve this for all our underage players, coaches must complete a Safeguarding 1 workshop as highlighted in the Children First as one of the mandatory requirements.

Correspondence has gone out this week to coaches who are required to update either vetting or safeguarding.  Anyone who has completed Safeguarding 1 in 2016 can do an online refresher.  Please follow the steps if this applies to you;


2.   The GAA

3.   Child, Welfare & Protection

4.   Safeguarding tutors

5.   Online Safeguarding 1 refresher

This will take approximately 45 mins but it can be done at a time that suits you best.  Once completed please send the date and cert number to 087 6374748 or to  For anyone who completed Safeguarding 1 prior to 2016 there will be a workshop facilitated in the club when we are again back to business.

Midleton GAA have always been compliant with regard to these mandatory requirements so it would be great to have everything updated during this period of closure so we will be ready to get back to action without delay when the time comes.  Anyone with any queries/difficulties please contact Ingrid at 087 6374748.


In light of the recent announcement from the Government on COVID 19 our July Cúl Camp which was due to take place on 6th-10th July has been postponed. We are awaiting more information regarding a new date. Once we receive some information, we will advise Parents on this. If anyone has a query regarding a booking in July please contact Tracy Saunderson 087-6625544.

Ladies Football

Well done to our early morning risers who came out to support Pieta House in their Sunrise Campaign. This year’s walk can cancelled due to COVID 19 so instead they asked people to watch the sunrise in their home while still supporting their fundraising effort.  Let’s hope we will be back to walking next year.

We hope all our members and their Families are keeping well at this time. We miss our training sessions and matches and hearing the fun and laughter amongst you. Let’s stay safe for a little more at home. In the meantime, why not show us how you are spending your days. Send us a picture/video of what you are doing at home with your family. It can be some drawings, painting, some gardening or baking.  It can be anything. We would love to see it. Text, Whats App or Viber Tracy on 087-6625544 or email.

Keep up to date with all news on our Social Media Pages- Facebook Midleton Ladies Football, Twitter @midleton_LGFA and Instagram midletonlgfa

The LGFA’s Official Retail Partner and National League sponsors Lidl Ireland has announced that members of the public can purchase Lidl gift cards over the phone to assist with providing a payment solution for vulnerable people, and volunteers shopping for them, during the Covid19 crisis. This payment solution will be in the form of a Lidl Community Gift Card, which at-risk customers can purchase over the phone via a dedicated hotline on 1800 111 124. Lidl are also aware that many of their regular shoppers are not able to frequent their stores at present as they are isolating and cocooning at home so right now, more than ever, it’s essential that they support them. The Lidl team has been working in the background to develop a remote payment solution for vulnerable or at-risk customers. Customers can purchase a Lidl Community Gift Card, up to the value of €200, by calling the hotline number 1800 111 124. We encourage you to share this information with your members & local community networks so that Lidl can continue to support our communities as much as possible at this time. Finally, Lidl would also like to pass on their thanks and best wishes to all LGFA volunteers who are working hard to support their communities in so many different ways. More information on the Lidl Community Cards can be found on the website-


Midleton GAA club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Michael Coakley Snr., Kevin and Michael Jnr. (both former club players) and their families on the sad passing of Mairéad Coakley. May she rest in peace.  

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.


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