Best of luck to all of the students beginning their Leaving Certificate today.
Moorefield GAA Club are looking forward to hosting the first round of the Senior Football League this Saturday evening with a home game against Sarsfield GAA Club at 6pm. Due to the current restrictions in place from the GAA Covid 19 Advisory Group we are permitted to allow 100 spectators attend the game. Any person considering attending the game should be aware of the following advice from the GAA Covid 19 Advisory Committee,
Ø Spectators should be aware that in attending GAA, Camogie and LGFA games not all the risks posed from Covid-19 can be eliminated but that essential control measures have been put in place to reduce risks for spectators.
Ø Spectators must not attend if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 and instead should phone their GP and follow public health advice.
Ø Individuals that are considered high risk or are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend.
Ø Individuals must be informed that much of the responsibility for managing Covid-19 risk remains with themselves, particularly in relation to social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and sanitation
Ø All spectators should are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser.
Ø The use of face coverings is required for all patrons over the age of 13 (including those who have been vaccinated)
Ø Spectators must not enter the field of play at any time, whether pre-match, at half-time and other intervals or after the final whistle or at end-of-match presentations
Ø All spectators should are encouraged to download the HSE tracing app.
Ø Spectators should be advised to keep their own record of contacts at a match for potential tracing purposes.
Moorefield GAA Club will implement its ground management plan and will have a number of stewards in attendance that will be clearly identifiable. These stewards are there to assist in any way they can. We are asking all spectators to adhere to the public health guidelines as they relate to social distancing, hand sanitizing etc. etc. Please help us make this event as safe as possible for those attending.
The Great Irish Bake Off
Manguard Plus employee Claire McMullen raised a very tasty €650 for charity by participating in the recent Great Irish Bake Off.
Claire, an ardent Moorefield Fan, is renowned for whipping up some baking delights and her very willing ‘tasters’ contributed to the event which raised money for Temple St and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
The funds raised will go towards life saving equipment for children.
Claire was helped in the kitchen by willing baker and taster, Tadgh Hanlon, who recently started playing with the Mini Moores.
Claire says “I enjoyed it ; I absolutely love baking and if I can bake and raise money for a wonderful cause, then all the better. Manguard Plus, both staff and Management were true to form and generously contributed a sizeable percentage of the money raised. They do so much for charity, they’re a brilliant bunch”.
“Tadgh enjoyed it too; he was a great help to me in the kitchen, helped with the baking and the eating!” smiled Claire.
GAA Covid-19 Update for Clubs in the 26 Counties
As you are aware, the Irish Government last Friday confirmed a further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions to take affect from Monday, June 7th.
In terms of Gaelic Games, the impact of this for various activities is outlined below.
Games/Attendances From June 7th, competitive and challenge games at all levels of club and inter county are permitted to take place. However, it is essential that we continue to proceed with caution and that the Return to Play Protocols linked here continue to be followed.
In terms of attendances, 100 spectators will be permitted to attend GAA games (club and inter county) in the 26 Counties from Monday, June 7th. This number is in addition to players, team personnel, stewards or media attendees. Where a ground has a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000, a maximum of 200 spectators can attend.
It is likely that from July 5th, up to 200 spectators may be permitted to attend games, and up to 500 may be permitted in grounds with a minimum capacity of 5,000. However this will depend on progress in broader society – if these increases are to be permitted, we will advise in advance of July 5th.
Where attendances are permitted at games, the advice in the attached document, prepared by the National Health and Safety Committee needs to be followed. For underage games, where parents are attending in a child-protection capacity, they will count as part of the 100 spectators permitted to attend.
All grounds should have appropriate dispersion measures in place at all entrances and exits and parents/guardians should be advised that congregation in large groups on or outside club grounds is not permitted.
Dressing Rooms For club games, Dressing rooms must remain closed. This is to ensure the risk of players or backroom personnel being classified as Close contacts is minimised. As in the Summer of 2020, Players should arrive ready to warm-up and play and leave the ground once the relevant game is over.
Use of Gyms In broader society, the use of Gyms for individual training will be permitted from June 7th. However, we are advising that club or county owned Gyms should remain closed for the moment, unless being used on an individual basis by players on a county panel. Again, this is being advised on the basis of ensuring the risk of an outbreak in a club among your players is minimized.
From July 5th in broader society, it is likely that indoor training, will be allowed to recommence in pods of up to 6 people. We will review the position on the use of Gyms at that point and provide further advice for clubs and counties in advance of July 5th.
Club Bars From June 7th, Club bars will be permitted to serve food and alcohol outdoors and in line with general guidance for the sector. Further information is available here.
From July 5th and subject to maintaining progress with the virus, indoor services in Bars and Restaurants may be allowed to resume.
Drive in events From June 7th, Drive-in cinema and drive-in bingo events may take place.
Family fun days and other fundraising events It is permitted to hold family fun days or other fundraising events from June 7th, provided the numbers involved do not exceed 100 persons. It is possible that this number may increase to 200 from July 5th – again we will confirm in advance of that date if this is to be permitted or not.
Indoor meetings All Club and county meetings should continue to be held remotely until further notice.
It is worth noting however that the Government have made provisions for indoor events to be allowed return from July 5th. However, these will be subject to a maximum of 50 attendees, in groups of up to 6 people and with arrangements in place to ensure no intermingling of groups. Again we will advise further in this context in advance of July 5th.
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Today we introduce a new series that we know is going to become as popular as the partnership between Moorefield and its main sponsor, Manguard Plus!
Each week we’re going to feature one of Moorefield’s stalwarts in ‘My Working And Playing Life’.
This week we chat to Barry Dempsey
Barry Dempsey -My Working And Playing Life
I am currently the Health and Safety Officer and part of the Compliance Team in Manguard Plus. It’s a role that has different challenges everyday for a company that is constantly growing.
I have been involved in Moorefield GAA for as long as I can remember one way or another. Currently I am involved coaching the Under 14s and have been involved with this current group for a number of years now.