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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News

17 May, 2020

The key messages for this week:

  • We will see further easing of restrictions from Monday 18th May. We need to maintain vigilance especially in terms of social distancing. We anticipate further communications from the GAA in the coming weeks regarding our phased approach 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 Update – Phased Approach

Whilst we will see the further easing of restrictions from Monday 18th, this is just phase 1. Following on from the communication received from the GAA last week we anticipate further communications and plans in the coming weeks. We all want to hear these plans yesterday but we all recognise that we have some bit of time in which to plan and get it right. More to follow, watch this space.

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.  We will keep these numbers available for the Community to utilise.

COVID-19 Useful Numbers

Midleton Magpie Profile

We have seen some great Midleton Magpie Profiles over the past few weeks with all the various sections of the ‘One Club’ being represented. Humorous answers are always welcome of course bearing in mind the family nature of the club membership. Best answer to date must to go Paddy Corcoran who is looking for the ability to change a refs mind as his superpower. Can anybody help Paddy out!!

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


Blast from the Past

Many thanks to those who are sending photographs of past teams and supporters. These are all posted through our social media channels

In the club notes I won’t repost them all but will pick one or two by way of flavour. This week’s flavour:



Celebrations after the win in 1983 County Final - the place it was taken is called Searson's - now JJ Coppingers


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.



  • Gambling Awareness. For those of you that missed the recent Gambling Awareness Webinar please see the Youtube link:

For advice and services for problem gambling including telephone numbers and links.


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.


As we continue to follow HSE guidelines in the new world we live in we realise that there is an eagerness out there to return to normality.  Our camogie members are all doing their bit complying with regulations while also continuing to train individually. We have seen some fabulous evidence of the work that’s being done. Our under 11s in particular have put in a great effort. Well done to all our young players who are continuing to puc around at home while putting the safety of everyone to the fore. We hope that sometime in the foreseeable future we will see a return to the game we love but for now we will wait for guidance from the national association.

In the meantime, coaches can work towards renewing their vetting and safeguarding requirements as well as participating with the online foundation training organised by Rebél Og. We would also like to draw your attention to where there are a number of interesting webinars , online talks and some very useful information in relation to Gaelic games.


We would like to congratulate our player Yvonne Abernethy who along with her Cork U16 teammates participated in a fundraising campaign for the Irish Cancer Society. Their goal is to run 11 marathons in 6 days between both players and mentors and raise €1,000. Well done to all involved. Keep sending in your photos and videos and we will share them on our social media pages. So, on that note we want to send best wishes to all our players members and their families stay safe and well.


During an online meeting of the Midleton GAA Executive this week a decision was made that due to the current COVID 19 restrictions and other Health and Safety Issues we will not be in a position to proceed with the Cúl Camps in July and August. This decision was not taken lightly but we feel it is the right thing to for the Children, their Parents / Families and Grandparents. If you have booked online you can get a full refund on the Cúl Camp website.

Ladies Football

Over the coming weeks we will see how are girls are filling in their days while we are on a football break. Many thanks to those who have sent us videos and pictures. You have all been keeping busy. If you would like to include something from your daughter please send to Tracy (087-6625544) on whats app, viber or email


Midleton GAA club would like to offer our condolences to the family of the late, great Tom O Donghue of Sars GAA and Cork fame. Tom was full back on the Cork team of 1966, (in which our own Paddy Fitzgerald played a starring role at left half back), that against all the odds beat Kilkenny in the All Ireland final to bring pride back into Cork hurling after a long 12 year absence. Tom was the quintessential, tough ‘old style’ full back whose usual mantra was to play the man rather the ball and protect the goalkeeper at all costs. If either the full back or full forward touched the ball during the game it was usually an accident, but that never stopped them ‘rising the dust in the square’.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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