** COVID-19 Update **
All sporting events in Ireland have been cancelled until at least Sunday 19th April.
A reminder to members to please adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
Let’s pull together by keeping apart #ItsInOurHands
I wish to draw your attention again to our previously issued guidance document of March 20th.
We advised you that, until March 29th, games and training were suspended, club gyms were to close, and Player Injury Fund cover was suspended.
We subsequently instructed that club bars should also close for the period.
Please be advised that, in line with recent government announcements, these measures and closures are now extended to Sunday April 19 inclusive, at which stage arrangements will be reviewed.
In addition, we are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely.
This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.
Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended.
In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, Clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical. Clubs of course should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.
Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.
Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.
As a national / international organisation, we have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.
It is imperative that we exercise extreme caution keeping two metres between people when taking physical exercise while encouraging people to consider using off-peak times when they are less likely to meet others.
Attached is the latest messaging from the HSE covering guidelines around volunteering which we advise our clubs to consider as they involve themselves in community-based volunteer efforts.
Individual volunteers are asked to register with Volunteer Ireland (26 Counties) and Volunteer Now (Six Counties).
We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point.
We would also like to assure you that we, and the wider GAA team across our counties and provinces, are working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to return to our games when that time comes.
In the meantime, please stay safe, look out for one another and continue to adhere to the instructions of the Government and the Health Authorities at this most challenging time.
Go raibh maith agaibh,
Tomás Ó Riain Seán Ó hÓráin
Ard Stiúrthóir Uachtarán
No one is allowed on club grounds for any type of training or gym work. The Club Shop will also be closed until further notice.
Let’s pull together by keeping apart #FlattenTheCurve #ItsInOurHands
A reminder to everyone to please adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Social distancing is an essential part of slowing the spread of COVID-19.
During this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as we are all keeping our social distance, it is important that we look after our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us.
These tips aim to support you in doing just that ⬇️
** Please adhere to social distancing guidelines **
** Health and Wellbeing during Covid19 **
In this time of uncertainty around the coronavirus (COVID-19), Hauora and its group of expert associates have made this resource to IMPROVE OVERALL WELLBEING in Ireland and internationally.
“I believe…that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good for another” Thomas Jefferson
4 step routine for PHYSICAL wellbeing: 1) Cultivate an exercise routine (e.g. preferably with a dose of fresh air or bodyweight exercises) 2) Preserve sleep routine and hygiene (e.g. decrease screen time 30 min prior to bedtime) 3) Maintain healthy eating and adequate hydration (e.g. designate specific mealtimes) 4) Incorporate basic mobility practice (e.g. stretching, yoga – think “Motion is Lotion”)
4 step routine for MENTAL wellbeing: 1) Assess your thoughts and feelings – check in with yourself regularly (e.g. three focused deep breaths) 2) Learn/teach a new skill and/or hobby (e.g. Coursera, music instrument, sketching) 3) Do a daily “mental exercise” (e.g. journaling, reading, puzzles) 4) Try a mindfulness practice (e.g. Calm® App – Meditation and Mindfulness app – link attached to email)
4 step routine for SOCIAL wellbeing: 1) Call a friend/colleague instead of meeting (to facilitate social distancing) 2) Consume only reputable social content regarding COVID-19 developments (e.g. @HSELive, Examine.com) 3) Support isolated elderly in your community via daily “check in” phone call and/or online shopping 4) Create a positive neighbourhood “social network” (e.g. WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram; abide by GDPR)
4 step routine for OCCUPATIONAL wellbeing: 1) Set up appropriate workspace and routine (e.g. dress in work attire, keep tidy, view of nature) 2) Designate specific working hours (e.g. utilise 25 min on/5 min off – “Pomodoro technique”) 3) Resource yourself – use the right software tools to stay connected with colleagues visually 4) Set daily goals or targets to ensure accountability with workload
*All subject to your personal and professional situation NB – Implement action plan with family to monitor absence/presence of symptoms
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” Desmond Tutu
*With special thanks and acknowledgement to the group who helped create this – Vince McCarthy, Kristina Moody, Jack Murray and Professor Nicholas Peters
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Be Well. Be Present. Be Healthy.
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** Statement: Kildare GAA COVID- 19 Update **
This statement is to make you aware that Kildare GAA are working with the HSE to explore options to promote and coordinate the provision of local community volunteer support, across a potential wide range of areas to ensure our community healthcare systems maintain their function during these challenging times. The HSE anticipate that their Community Services will experience an unprecedented surge in demand in the coming weeks, and capacity will be stretched within our communities in Kildare.
Our GAA clubs exist in every parish across the county and the membership network is a valuable resource that can be of great assistance to the HSE, and other organizations, who deliver vital services during this challenging time. Services that this initiative would be seen to support include Long Stay Nursing Units in Athy and Maynooth, home support services for people of all ages living in their own homes, disabilities services for families, mental health services, general community physio, occupational therapy, public health nursing to mention a few.
In particular, the following skills sets have been identified as part of contingency planning requirements: All Trades men or women (Electrician, Plumber, Carpentry etc ), IT Specialists, Cleaners, Teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Chefs, Caterers, Drivers, Train the Trainers qualified personnel. In addition, retired Military / Gardai and others with a similar background in Crisis Management Operations are being requested for their background and skills in scheduling, mobilisition and coordination tasks that may arise. This is a Whole Community Effort in support of the most vulnerable in our society. HSE will take the lead with this initiative and deliver the necessary training online, via webinar and video-tutorials which will cover procedures for hand hygiene, manual handling, and infection control.
We request that you circulate this within your membership in order to generate awareness of how you can support your respective community. It is anticipated that further dialogue will take place over the next 48hrs between the HSE and Kildare GAA and we will issue further communication at this stage.
Following a meeting this morning it has been decided that ALL GAA, LGFA, Camogie and Hurling has been cancelled until 30th of March at the earliest. Please be mindful of yourself and others at this time and continue to follow health and safety advice at this time.
Following guidance from the HSE all clubs & players are being asked to think about hygiene in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. ALL players are now asked to bring their own water bottles to training & matches. For the time being, the tradition of shaking hands with opponents & match officials pre & post-match games is also temporarily suspended. Thanks for your co-operation.