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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News

21 June, 2020

The key messages for this week:

  • Updated plans from the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association on safe return to Galeic games.

  • ALL adult players, ALL parents of underage players & ALL coaches MUST complete an online eLearning module before returning to any training
  • Safeguarding & Vetting – to do before re-opening

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

Plans for Safe Return to Gaelic Games

The Government announced a significant amount of changes to lock-down measures on Friday and these have resulted in the GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA making changes to their previously announced plans for safe return to Gaelic games. Please see below email received from Croke Park yesterday that details these changes.


From: Communications <>
Sent: Saturday 20 June 2020 14:45
Subject: Covid-19 Timeline Update

A chairde,

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.

This week:

  • 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.

Le meas,

GAA Communications Dept.

Rannóg Cumarsáide CLG / GAA Communications Dept.

Gutháin / Tel : +353 (01) 865 8659

CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 /

GAA, Croke Park, Dublin


The club as a whole are currently working through the specific plans for the different sections of the club and these will be shared, through usual channels, once finalised. 

As a vital part of the return of Gaelic Games, ALL adult players, ALL parents of underage players & ALL coaches MUST complete an online eLearning module before returning to any training. This education module, which should only take approx 15 minutes, gives details of the responsibilities of all within ‘Covid-19: Safe Return to Gaelic Games Guidelines.’ On completion please send a screenshot/ copy of your completion certificate to your team manager. 

Click on the following link;


Midleton Camogie can finally welcome you all back to the training fields again after a long-awaited announcement from the board and ahead of schedule! Thank you all for your patience over the last few months & we ask you all just to bear with us for another few days.

Special thanks to our Chairperson Ingrid who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to finalize facilities & time slots for all age groups. It was no easy feat and it hasn’t gone unnoticed, so thank you Ingrid!

All teams will be contacted over the next few days by your head coaches with details of training and how to ease your daughter safely back in to training etc. As always please keep an eye on all our social media outlets for updates on our return.

We would like to wish all the Dads and coaches a very happy Father’s Day today. See you all soon on the sidelines!


Our Juvenile boy’s teams will begin their return to training on the week starting June 29th.  As demand for the pitch is very high each team has been allocated a time to get them back to training. These times will vary over the coming weeks but Parents will be kept informed at all times by Coaches. Please bear with us going forward as we all try and adapt to the return to training protocols. Following the guidelines published by Croke Park each Parent of a Juvenile Player – U18 must complete the online Return to Play module. The Education module should only take 15 minutes to complete.

This must be completed if you want your Son to return to training. The following link will direct you:

Please note you must take a screenshot of your Certificate of Completion and send it to your Son’s Team Manager.

A COVID Supervisor for each team is a requirement and we will be asking Parents to help here if possible. Their job is the ensure the following:

1- Health Questionnaires are completed before training and ensure that before every training session a declaration form must is signed by a parent

2- Direct all players to the hand sanitising stations and on to the pitch for training

3- After training all players must hand sanitise before exiting

4- Ensure that equipment is sanitised after training

Ladies Football

It was decided that Ladies Football will return to training on July 20th. The reasons for waiting until this date is that we feel the safety of our coaches, players and their Families is paramount. As full contact training can take place for all groups and as coaches we felt that training should be as normal as possible.

Our Junior Team have expressed interested in returning to fitness training only on June 29th so they will be the only group to return for now.

-Start Date for all other groups: July 20th U8, U10, U12 & U14 will train Monday nights in Ballinacurra GAA Cub from 7pm to 8pm - we have both pitches so the U8's & U10's can train on one pitch and the U12's & U14's on the other

-Start Date June 29th U16, Minor & Junior will train Monday nights in Midleton GAA 8pm to 9pm.

Every team will need a Covid19 Supervisor. We will more than likely have to ask parents to help out.  This supervisor will ensure the following:

1- Health Questionnaires are completed before training and ensure that before every training session a declaration form must be signed by parent

2- Direct all players to the hand sanitising stations and on to the pitch for training

3- After training all players must hand sanitise before exiting

4- All footballs and equipment must be sanitised after training

Some points worth noting from GAA Covid19 Briefing Webinar

1- Health Questionnaire must be filled in once - online - however at every training sessions a declaration form must be signed

2- All coaches, players and parents of juvenile players must complete and e-learning training module available before their daughter can train.

3- Personal responsibility on each player/parent with regard to returning to training

Midleton GAA, Ladies Football & Camogie Clubs have been working together to put together guidelines for changes to training and what is expected of players and parents these will be available soon. A text will go out to all parents advising them of our return to train date. At the moment no juvenile competitions are due to take place but there is talk of non-competitive games for U10 to U14 but again this is only talk we should know more in August. This is a very fluid situation so changes can be made by Croke Park at any stage.  We will keep you informed.

The following link will guide you to the online module which must be completed before your daughter can return to training

Please note for Parents who have children across other codes you only need to complete it once. At the end of the module you will be asked to take a screenshot of your Certificate of Completion. This NEEDS to be sent to the Ladies Football Club Secretary by SMS / What’s App on 087-3481925 or email

Blast from the Past

Anniversary of 1892 Victory

This week marks the anniversary of one of the most significant events in the history of Midleton/Cork GAA. On the 26th  June 1892 Midleton defeated the Blues and Whites of Wexford in the All Ireland football final of 1890, thus bringing the first All-Ireland senior football title to Cork. The final was originally fixed for the 17th November 1890 and after defeating Armagh Harps in the semi-final on the previous day Midleton turned up in Clonturk Park, Drumcondra on the Sunday to play the final. Unfortunately their opponents failed to appear citing lack of official notice of the game. At a subsequent meeting of the central council of the GAA it was decided on a vote of 4 to 3 to have the game re-fixed for December 1890. However this game again failed to materialise. It took another 18 months to get the game played and this happened in Clonturk Park on the 26th June 1892 with Midleton emerging victorious.

Jim Power was the goalkeeper and inspirational Captain of this 1890 team and coincidentally when Midleton defeated Athenry in the All Ireland club hurling final on the 17th March 1988 our outstanding Captain that day was another Power, Ger (King).  

Below is an extract from a newspaper report written in 1956 on the Midleton team of the early 1890’s

Since the very early days of the G.A.A. the progressive East Cork town had a first class football combinationIn 1889 Jim Power led his twenty stalwarts from victory to victory through the length and breadth of their native county. ….

The incomparable set of footballers who inscribed their names in the early records of the G.A.A. were the hefty Hennessys, Kennedys and Buckleys, with Coleman the star of many a clash in later years. Egan, Roche, Twomey, O’Brien Moore, Ahern, Colbert and Fitzgerald were all men of brawn, speed, and boundless energy. The elusive and seemingly ubiquitous Downey was the star of the side, together with the dashing P. Moore, on whose broad shoulders many an opposition attack perished.

The high fielding of Dan Joe Murphy delighted the most fastidious of football purists. This, Combined with the resolute defensive play made him a feared player on any field. The story is told that on one occasion he swept the ball along the field and, with every sinew strained, he pursued it well into the opposing defensive lines. Returning to his position in the backs, he heard the alarming voices of his team mates shouting behind him, ‘Murphy, Murphy’. Dan joe turned like a flash just in time to glimpse of the ball hurtling towards him. Meeting it in mid-air with a resounding kick the Midleton man sent the leather deep into enemy territory once more.

The Captain of the side was Jim Power who also made a name for himself as an all-round athlete, as did his brother Denny Power of the American invasion team. Dick Kelleher and W. Leahy from up the road in Ballinacurra, also played their part in that glorious victory. The administrative side of the club in those days was looked after by the late Johnnie Coffey, Chairman of the club.’     

The Buckley’s  (William and Michael) mentioned in this article were the owners of the land that Midleton GAA purchased in 2016 in Park South for development into playing fields.  

Selection of Photographs

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:

Safeguarding & Vetting – to do before re-opening

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.

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