• 1981: John Joe Murray, Chairperson, Davy Dennis, Secretary and Alex
Whelan, Treasurer were appointed to seek a site for new club grounds
• May 1981: Clubhouse on Moorefield Road sold to Robert Hegarty for
• June 1981: Nine acres bought at Pollardstown from Weldon Mather for
• 1981-82: Development and fencing of main pitch and juvenile pitch
• 1984-88: Development of clubhouse and general facilities
Eric McDonnell’s Volunteers
The construction of the new club house was assigned to ANCO for reasons
of finance and also providing much-needed work for that organisation.
However, a decision to ‘up the pace’ of construction was taken and local
builder, publican and staunch Moorefield supporter, Eric McDonnell set up
a task force to assist with the huge workload. Eric quickly recruited a willing
team of local tradesmen (and some who had no trades but were willing hands!)
who gave unselfishly of their time and labour. These included good Moorefield
names such as Jimmy Murray, Seamus Dooley, Jim McDermott, Jimmy ‘Ba’
Dowling, Tom McDonnell and his brother Kevin, John Cummins, Alex
Whelan, and Alex Junior, Angelo Murray and his father Lauri, Bobby Foran,
Fish Craddock, Tommy Rogan, Paddy Folan, Paddy O’Brien, Andy Hogan,
Dinny Craddock, Paddy Anderson, ‘Tucker’ Shiels, the Naughton brothers,
Jimmy, Noel and Gerry, Giggs Blake, Leonard Dooley, John Pollard, Ross and
Wesley Cummins, Jimmy Murray, Tony Murray, Frank Whyte and William
Cummins. Eric acknowledges that a key factor in keeping everyone on board
was the ‘site canteen’ provided by Matt Farrell and Jimmy Kyne from a mobile
home located on the grounds. Continue reading
Thanks to our main sponsor, Manguard Plus for their home security tips.
We have become used to limiting our movements for the past fourteen months, but with the lifting of restrictions we are all eagerly looking ahead to brighter and better days, enjoying time out and about .
With our homes the safest places to be for the past 14 months, it’s crucial they remain safe as our country reopens.
With this in mind, Ireland’s largest privately owned security company, Manguard Plus, has some timely home security tips.
Chief Operations Officer, Leo Harris says that the basic tenants of security remain the same, be they aimed at large corporates or householders.
“While we at Manguard Plus have very large corporate clients whose security needs are undoubtably very specific, there is a common thread that runs across all professional security advice; that is awareness and prevention– simple things done well are hugely effective. For example is your house alarm monitored, an alarm that continually rings is a sign to would be thieves that your home or premises is not monitored, while at home don’t forget to turn on your alarm; a surprising number of burglaries occur when householders are at home. If you have valuables at home consider installing two safes that might make it more difficult for burglars to steal; It’s all about forward thinking and being prepared”. Continue reading
One man who is delighted with the resumption of training for underage GAA teams is the Managing Director of Manguard Plus, Sean Hall.
Manguard Plus sponsors all football divisions within the Moorefield GAA Club from Nursery to Senior Ladies and Men’s teams.
The historic 10 year deal was signed in January of last year, signalling a firm and financially valuable extension of the company’s involvement with the Club.
Speaking ahead of the much anticipated reopening of underage playing, Sean said, “It’s been a long time for the kids who have had to contend with a very difficult situation. Kids want to be out kicking ball and meeting up with their team members and friends; its natural and normal for them to want to enjoy their sport and their training. It’s part of what they are”. Continue reading
INFORMATION FOR CLUBS
Return to Training As you are aware non-contact training for underage teams in pods of 15 will be permitted from April 26th next in the 26 Counties. Our clubs in the North have returned in pods of 15 this week. “Underage teams” means any registered team at U-18 level or below.
Attached, please find the updated Guidelines for a Safe Return to Gaelic Games.
The key control measures remain completion of the online education module (which you can access here) and completion of the Health Questionnaire before each session (link to Health Questionnaire is here)
It is also important to remember that all indoor facilities must remain closed at this time, both North and South of the border.
Attendance at Training In general, only players and coaches of the relevant team should attend any training session. One Parent or Guardian per child (or per family if more than one child is attending from a particular family) is permitted to attend in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity involving any team in the U-18 or below age group, should they consider it necessary. However strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In particular, it is important that parents do not congregate in groups before or after sessions, outside of what is permitted in current Government regulations.