Killeagh GAA Club

06 April, 2020

SEÁN MURPHY, RIP

A tribute

On March 3rd last, in the dying days of what will come to be known as our BC (Before Corona), or maybe the first days of our new AD (Avoid, Delay), Seán Murphy climbed the stairs of the Páirc Uí Chinnéide complex and took his place at the monthly meeting of Killeagh GAA Club. The meeting had commenced at the usual time (i.e. no set time, but ‘after the Lotto’) but Seán had not been present at the meeting’s commencement. Most unusual, those who knew Seán would say, for him to be late for a meeting! There must have been some good reason, as this was the one place you were sure to find Seán on a Tuesday night, at the GAA club, overseeing the Lotto with his main sidekick, (he had a few!) that other great character known only by the one name, Junior (known by almost nobody as David Scully!). We’ve a bit of a habit of the over-use of the ‘mononym’ (usually male) in these parts, certainly in GAA terms, where everyone knows Killeagh as the home of Deano, Roch, (yes there are two, but we know intuitively which one you’re talking about), Markín, Dip, Dooce, Jimín, Pats and many others! I digress!

Anyway, Seán’s late arrival at this particular meeting was easily explained! The GAA club, in holding its previous two monthly meetings in January and February, had, in oversight, clashed (inadvertently) with the Killeagh Hall Committee’s monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of the month! This was subsequently pointed out to the officers of Killeagh GAA (myself included) on the last Tuesday of February by Seán, who wondered, as he pulled us aside for one of those many “.... I have something to say to you now that you might consider…..” quiet moments of reflection at the side-lines of the Lotto Draw. “No bother, Seán”said I, for once thinking of a solution in time to avoid the inevitable questioning from the same quarter at the next meeting. As it happened, the calendar was in our favour! There was an easy resolution – with five Tuesdays in March, the next GAA meeting could be held four weeks later, on March 31st, and at subsequent four-week intervals, thereby avoiding any future clash with the Hall Committee meetings on the first Tuesday of each month! As Seán took his place at that March 3rd GAA meeting, having procured one of his local ‘chauffeurs’ (he had many, of whom David O’Keeffe was the first, in his Ford Popular UIF 527!) Phyl Kearney to transport him from the Hall to the clubhouse, we were around an hour into proceedings, about five lines from the bottom of the agenda, and some were thinking of the cuppa at home or the quick visit to a local hostelry. There was some surprise on the faces of those sitting around the meeting on hearing and seeing Seán climb the steps and enter the room to take his usual place to the right of the top table. We were all very pleased on the one hand to see that Seán had managed to make it to the meeting, and, yet, all present knew that a ‘fast Mass’ of a meeting was now ‘off the agenda’, so to speak, given that Seán would have a few matters to raise before we could all return down that stairs once more. To be fair to him, there weren’t too many “Mr. Chairman…” interjections, and they were dealt with courteously by all present, even those matters already discussed in the previous hour, and when it came to the final matter of the night, the announcement of the date of the next meeting, it gave our always-efficient secretary Mary Fitzgibbon (another of Seán’s long-serving comrades) and me great pleasure to announce that our ‘master plan’ had resulted in an avoidance of any future ‘double booking’ between Hall Committee and GAA meetings, and that we

would next convene on Tuesday March 31st. Seán’s main agenda item, the resolution of this fixture clash, had been dealt with to his satisfaction, and he, along with the rest of us, headed for home (with or without a stop-off!), oblivious to what lay ahead in the intervening four weeks.

As I mentioned above, BC merged into AD and subsequently into SH (Stay Home!) as we in Ireland and all around the world battled the havoc that the deadly Covid-19 virus has wreaked on all of us, in one way or another. How ironic, then, as March 31st rolled around, that nobody had to ask or be reminded about the postponement of the fourth Killeagh GAA meeting of 2020 and yet, we will remember this date in Killeagh for years to come now for another reason. On the morning of March 31st, Seán slipped peacefully to his eternal reward at his home in Knocknagree House, a landmark known by many on the eastern outskirts of Killeagh village, named in honour of the birthplace of Seán’s father, a place of which he was rightly proud! His passing saddened the whole of the Killeagh & Inch community and as news of his passing rippled throughout GAA, political and community group circles, that sadness extended and yet, as we reminisced on a life well lived, everyone felt enriched by having had the privilege of knowing the ultimate Killeagh mononym, Murph.

Seán Murphy, as another of his close friends Finbarr Motherway, relayed so well on his CRY104FM tribute to Seán on the day after his passing, was heavily involved in every committee that was ever formed in Killeagh parish, with perhaps a couple of exceptions – the ICA and the Parent’s Council! Besides those, there was little else that happened in our parish that he was not centrally involved in or deeply knowledgeable about – Macra na Feirme, particularly in his younger days (to which he gave credit for his personal, social and academic development), Glenbower Theatre, Killeagh Tops of the Communities back in all its pomp in the early 1980s, Killeagh Point-to-Point Race Committee, Killeagh Hall Committee, the local and national Fine Gael party, the Monday Club, Killeagh-Inch Community Council and of course Killeagh GAA Club. He extended his remit beyond Killeagh in many directions, particularly with Muintir na Tíre (he was previously Chairman and currently President of Cork County Federation of Muintir), and others have written and will be writing, no doubt, extensively about his role in these organisations. As a Killeagh GAA member, he devoted thousands of hours to the cause, and always sought to better the lot of the club and community.

Seán served as Killeagh GAA Chairman in the early 1970s, a period which saw substantial success on the pitch for the club with an East Cork Junior A Hurling “Jamesy Kelleher” double achieved in 1970 and 1971. His administrative skills were evident from a young age, and his knowledge of rules and regulations was used on many an occasion, in our own club and at the East Cork Board, where Seán served as Killeagh’s delegate for a remarkable 57-year unbroken period. Indeed, Seán’s last public meeting was, fittingly, the East Cork Board meeting of March 11th, and, as Ray Rochford remarked, the mood was sombre returning home to Killeagh that evening as the triumvirate in the car – Ray, Junior and Seán – surmised that it could be their last meeting for some time, given the impending shut down of normal activities due to the onslaught of the virus. Little did they know then that it would be the last time they travelled together, although reflecting this week on that journey prompted Ray to recall that the same triumvirate had had an eventful evening together (and not!) at one point about two years earlier. On that particular evening, Junior had the wheel, Ray was riding shotgun, with Seán in the back seat. Nothing unusual arose on the journey in to Midleton, or at the meeting itself, and the conversation, as it always did on the return journey home, began with a review of the meeting’s events and the list of matches to be arranged in the coming weeks.

A few minutes into the journey home, on the N25 approaching Loughaderra, Junior launched a verbal attack on the carry-on of a delegate from another club. Junior let fly (those in the know, and he himself will admit that he is prone, on rare occasions, to use the odd expletive), and Ray, wisely, given that he had to get home, concurred. “What do you think, Murph?”, shouted Junior to his backseat companion. When no response was forthcoming, Junior repeated the question, just a little louder, in case either party’s hearing aid was turned off! With no response coming from behind, Junior tried once more “will you not answer me Murph”, before Ray turned around in the passenger seat to make the dramatic discovery that the back seat was empty, with no sign of Seán! With the quickest U-turn ever made on the N25, Junior sped back to Midleton where both men went to collect their distressed, abandoned colleague. Except they couldn’t ascertain whether Seán was either distressed or abandoned, as he was nowhere to be seen. Nobody on the premises could account for him either, so the pair had no choice but to return to Killeagh as two legs of the stool. Junior was not impressed, and, perhaps in defence of his own position, said in exasperation to Ray “didn’t the ….. (fill in the blanks) know we’d come back for him?” On their return to Killeagh, just before they went to report a missing person to the Gardai, the pair decided to interview some potential witnesses in their favoured hostelry, when, on opening the door to same hostelry, the first person in view, sitting at the counter sipping his drink of choice (Club Lemon) was the missing delegate! Bemused and confused, the pair could only listen dumbfounded as Seán relayed to them and the others present that he had been rescued by ‘the auld enemy’ (the Youghal delegation) when his own had abandoned him! Relief all round, and a story that has done the rounds many times since, especially in the past week!

Another triumvirate which included Seán was known by many as “The Three Musketeers”, namely Seán and his two great friends Jerry Coleman, RIP and William Kelly, RIP. Sadly, William has also just gone to his eternal reward, five days after his great friend Seán. William was another staunch lifelong Killeagh GAA supporter and former committee member, and we send our sincere condolences to his wife Noreen and children Fionnuala and Tom and their families on their sad loss at this time. Jerry and Seán travelled the world together by cruise ship and aeroplane at other stages, but as a trio they were renowned for their trips to Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Semple Stadium and many other GAA grounds in Munster and beyond, even venturing to Croke Park when the need arose, supporting their beloved Cork.

While Seán’s sight impairment hindered him in some ways throughout his life, travelling with William and Jerry was one occasion when it was a distinct advantage to have less than 20:20 vision, as neither of the other men were gifted with perfect driving skills! On more than one occasion, each of the pair, as passenger, observed to someone (sometimes the same person!) that the other’s driving was not quite up to scratch, while Seán, always passenger, but also always oblivious to any hair-raising close shaves, had no complaints about either! They had a regular routine for the matches, taking a leaf out of D’Unbelievables book by having the dinner at 8:30am in the morning and striking off so early for the match that they would be in Thurles not only ahead of the teams, but ahead of the stewards and the Traffic Corps also! In those pre-Healthy Clubs Project days, lunch consisted of a stash of Mars Bars and Crunchies and, like the previously mentioned triumvirate, with these three great conversationalists, silence was rare!

When Seán’s failing sight restricted his attendance at matches in recent years, he got great satisfaction from listening to matches on the radio, from Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and his successors on RTE Radio, to local commentators like John Cashman on C103 and Seán’s fellow clubman Patrick Mulcahy on CRY104FM or on C103. Indeed, Seán was extremely proud when Patrick was recently elected an officer

of the East Cork Board, following in the footsteps of Tracey Kennedy, who this week credited Seán with starting her on her journey to the highest GAA office in the county.

Seán was well known and respected for his unscrupulous honesty and his insistence on justice and fair play at all times, and if he felt that his team or club were ever wronged on or off the pitch, he would take umbrage. Not so long ago, a referee from the northern end of the division incurred the wrath of Junior and Seán with some ‘questionable’ decisions in a Junior Football match. On meeting this referee’s club delegate at a subsequent East Cork Board meeting, Seán took him to one side for another of those ‘let me tell you..’ chats, where he told the delegate in no uncertain terms that the referee was not welcome around Killeagh for any business or professional reasons. Inquiring as to why this was the case, the delegate was informed about the referee’s perceived slight against Killeagh in the football match. “Ok” said the delegate, taking the full brunt of Seán’s ire in good faith, “and by how much did ye lose the match, Seán, by the way?” Murph harrumphed indignantly, replying witheringly “what are you on about, sure we won the match!” Another opponent left speechless!

Another of Seán’s loves was the GAA’s cultural competition, Scór. Indeed, in Scór’s heyday in the 1980s, Seán was ‘Fear an Tí’ on many occasions in Killeagh Hall when East Cork semi-finals and finals would see the venue, like others throughout the barony, packed to the rafters. In later years, Seán formed a quartet of ever-present Scór supporters for wherever Killeagh entries were performing, along with our Cultural Officer, the aforementioned Junior Scully, his wife Lucinda and their good friend Carmel Barry. The ‘cuppa’ proffered at many of these events was a welcome highlight, and they enjoyed many successful evenings following the Killeagh club throughout the 80s and 90s right up to the present day, although Scór’s popularity has declined dramatically in that time. On one occasion however, about 20 years ago, Seán was left unimpressed by a Killeagh “Tráth na gCeist” team, in which I was unfortunately involved. We had managed to win the divisional quiz, thereby qualifying for the County Semi-Final in Aghabullogue. In the East Cork competitions, the quiz was always at the end of the evening, and we assumed that this would be the case also on this particular night. Taking our time on our journey, (nowadays, the ubiquity of mobile phones would likely prevent such an occurrence) we got there just in time to see to our horror… the quiz finishing up on the stage! We sheepishly had to make our apologies to the travelling supporters for letting them down – non-runners far from home! The following day, still feeling very guilty (for it was I who was responsible for the whole team being late), I rang Junior and Seán in turn to offer a heartfelt apology for letting the club down so badly! Seán was most gracious in accepting my apology, telling me not to worry too much about it, and concluding with the painful truth – “sure ye weren’t ever going to beat that crowd anyway”! That crowd, Millstreet, were champions then and are champions still, undefeated in 24 years in County Cork. Jerry Doody, the lynchpin of that great Millstreet team and a good friend of Seán’s through GAA and community links, was one of the first to pay tribute to Seán in the past week, describing him as a “tírgráthóir (patriot) in the truest sense of the word”. Indeed he was.

On Seán’s final journey on the N25, a road much travelled by him, towards the Island Crematorium last Thursday, his coffin was draped in the green and white flag of his beloved Killeagh. It was a fitting gesture for a man who carried Killeagh’s flag, in many guises, throughout his long lifetime of dedicated service. Seán has been fondly remembered in these past few days by his community, where he had literally hundreds of friends – from the houses where he called regularly, including the O’Keeffe, Fogarty, Clifford, Holland, Kennedy and Lynch households, to the many drivers he could call upon to

bring him to another meeting, match or event at the other end of the village or the other end of the county.

To his sisters Maura (Dublin) and Sheila (Canberra, Australia) and their families, we offer our sincere condolences on their loss. To Seán’s wider ‘family’ in Killeagh, in particular to his devoted carer and friend Nellie Greene, his aforementioned ‘GAA soulmate’ Junior Scully and the countless others who knew him so well, we give thanks for a life well lived, and a role model, in a most unassuming way, for all of us to follow.

Slán, a chara, táimíd go léir i bhfad níos saibhre as aithne a chur ort!

Colman Motherway,

Cathaoirleach,

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Cilliath

5th April 2020

COVID-19 HEALTH GUIDELINES

As you can imagine, the foreseeable future will feel quite weird and be an unprecedented venture for all of us in the local community but is a responsibility that everyone will have to take on together. Croke Park still remain closed which means that no GAA, Camogie or LGFA activities shall take place for the foreseeable future. Through these times, please take note of the following points that should be noted by all members;

1. All training, matches and team gatherings remain suspended until April 19th at earliest.

2. The most recent directive from Croke Park states that "Club gyms are to be closed and access suspended". Therefore, our Gym will be closed until further notice. Please respect this directive.

3. To minimise the risk of the Coronavirus spreading, our club shop will remain closed until mid-April.

4. Please follow all guidelines issued to the public by Government and HSE and especially those on hand washing, hygiene and social distancing both indoors and outdoors.

5. Our walkway & all facilities at Páirc Uí Chinnéide are currently closed, we would ask members to adhere to this directive from GAA HQ.

6. Please offer appropriate support to your neighbours, elderly people & those at risk in our community - checking in with a regular phone call is a good way to do this or helping them by purchasing their shopping during the week.

For more information on HSE Guidelines, please check out the posters below. For more local information, please keep in touch with our Social Media or contact any club member.

Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Go raibh milé maith agaibh!

CORK COUNTY BOARD & REBEL ÓG NOTICE ON COVID-19

With the Coronavirus (Covid-19) taking a hold of the health world (which is important to us all to protect from), please take note of the following notice of recommendations which was sent out by Cork County Board and should be applied to all age groups throughout the club for the foreseeable future.

1. Players should have their own water bottles rather than sharing. 2. No handshakes at the end of games. 3. Players use their own towels, soap, hand cleaner etc. when washing and drying after games.”

If you have any questions or queries, please contact a club officer regarding such.

CORK GAA EXECUTIVE STATEMENT ON MARCH 17TH

Cork County Board released a statement on their meeting on March 17th;

“The Executive of Cork County Board met via video-conference on March 17th and, primarily with regard to the safety of our members and of the wider community, has decided to postpone the all first round games in the Premier Senior, Senior A, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate A and Lower Intermediate Championships in both football and hurling, as well as the County stages of the U21 football competitions and the County Junior B & C competitions.

These first round club championship games had been scheduled across the four weekends in April and the first two weekends in May, but are now postponed en bloc.

All other games and activities, including those under the jurisdiction of Rebel Óg, remain suspended as per GAA directive and advice from the HSE / Department of Health. This will continue until we are directed otherwise.

The scheduling and format of the County Championships for 2020 is now subject to review, in consultation with Munster Council, the National Competitions Control Committee and our Clubs.

Club league regulations and completion dates will also be reviewed once a resumption of activities is confirmed.

The offices at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be closed until such time as current restrictions are lifted. County Board staff will work remotely and are contactable by email or via the office phone as normal. The office phone (021-4963311) has been diverted to a staff member’s phone and will be answered during office hours.

We can also confirm that Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been made available to the HSE, who are considering possible uses for the stadium and we hereby wish to acknowledge the efforts that our club units have already undertaken in assisting local health services and in assisting vulnerable people in our communities at this difficult time.

The County Board meeting scheduled for April 7th has been cancelled. The Executive and CCC will continue to meet regularly via video-conference and will provide a report to clubs by email after all meetings.

Once again, we urge all our members to adhere to directives from the GAA, the HSE and the Department of Health during the current pandemic.

Ní neart go chur le chéile.

Le meas,

Kevin O'Donovan, Secretary / CEO, Cork GAA,

Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson, Cork GAA.

GAA STATEMENT FROM CROKE PARK - MARCH 31ST

A Chairde,

We are living in the most extraordinary times.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything about our world and has impacted upon so much of what we thought was normal about our lives.

Like all sport, Gaelic Games have gone into hibernation.

But it is a source of enormous pride to us that what has not disappeared or become dormant has been the spirit and the passion for community that is the lifeforce of the GAA in every corner of this island.

Clubs big and small and across towns and rural parishes are doing what the GAA has been proud to do for 136 years – and that’s be a light and a standard for the people who they represent.

We have always said that the GAA ultimately, is all about People – People working together for a goal.

We have a common goal now like never before.

Our goal is to help the island of Ireland push back against the spread of this virus and give the people of Ireland the best chance possible of limiting its impact and being able to hopefully, some day in the not too distant future, come out the other side.

This community spirit is also prominent among our hundreds of GAA clubs overseas who are such a vital support network for our Diaspora.

To the people posting skills drills for stuck at home players, keep up the good work.

To all of those who have been able to offer help to the vulnerable in their communities, we extend our sincerest míle buíochas and urge you to stay safe while doing so and follow all the advice and guidelines from the health and statutory authorities.

From the outset of this crisis the GAA has been working closely with the HSE and we have made all of their guidelines available to all of our clubs.

Their request for our support has deepened in recent times.

The large car parking facilities at Croke Park have been made available for staff working in nearby hospitals.

We have made part of Croke Park available as a drive through test centre for people with symptoms of Covid-19. Cars arrive by prior appointment and drive into the Cusack Stand tunnel where they are tested by doctors in their cars and they then drive away out the other side.

It is all conducted under full medical supervision.

It is an opportunity for GAA HQ to play its part and mirror what is being done by so many of our members elsewhere. Similar testing facilities are now in operation at several other GAA county and club venues around the country - all of them playing an important role.

Sport is not a priority at a time of a national emergency.

But when the time comes again for the boots to be laced, hurleys to be gripped, nets to be hung and the pitches to be marked and when the time comes for men and women, and boys and girls to run out into the air and play the games they love, sport will be more important than ever before. We are planning for that day – whenever that day may be.

In the meantime, we can help make that day come quicker if we do what we are being asked to do by the people who know what they are talking about.

Stop, look and listen to all of the advice that is there on how we beat this common foe.

Washing our hands, personal distancing and if needs be self-isolation are the weapons that we have.

Keep safe, keep thinking of others, keep fit and healthy in body and mind.

As that great son of Derry, Seamus Heaney wrote:

“So hope for a great sea-change

On the far side of revenge.

Believe that further shore

Is reachable from here.

Believe in miracles

And cures and healing wells.”

Ar son Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, go raibh maith agaibh

Tomás Ó Riain, Ard Stiúrthóir & Seán Ó hÓráin, Uachtarán, CLG.

CLUB TOGETHER

The 'Club Together' initiative with Centra and Super Valu was rolled out nationwide last week with a freephone 1800 number for people to use. Killeagh GAA will be partnering with Centra Killeagh in the campaign. In the absence of the number, and even when it is in use, people in our community can make direct contact from today with Ray Rochford on 087-2330054 to request help with shopping or other necessary support.

Ray will link volunteers with those requiring help in their own local area to limit travel & to keep a personal connection with people you know. Please don't hesitate to ask for help, we have many volunteers ready to assist. Please spread the word which is supported by the Killeagh-Inch COVID-19 Action Group.

STRONGER TOGETHER: KILLEAGH-INCH COVID-19 ACTION GROUP

The following is a Covid-19 Killeagh-Inch community letter which all houses in our parish should get delivery of over the coming days.

We are a voluntary support group that have come together to help in the Killeagh/Inch area. Our purpose is to help any individual/ family in the area who can’t leave their home for any reason to access things like shops, pharmacies or even to walk your dog.

It doesn’t matter to us if you are: self-isolating, have the virus or are just afraid to go out under these circumstances – it is none of our business! We will be taking our own precautions to protect ourselves and you.

Once your shopping is done, if you know anyone on the list and would prefer them to deliver your shopping that can be requested too and we will do our best to accommodate that where possible.

Items will be dropped off at a point outside your home as agreed by you and the contact person. AT NO POINT WILL ANYONE ENTER YOUR HOME AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL APPLY AT ALL TIMES (2 METRES). RING TOO IF YOU SIMPLY WANT TO CHAT TO SOMEONE.

GROUP CONTACT NUMBERS (RING OR TEXT)

PARISH PHONE (087) 7088601 Fr. Tim (087)1337164 Colman Motherway (085)7540973

Mary Smiddy (087) 2561133

List of volunteers at time of print (new volunteers always welcome, contact (087) 2561133

Siobhán Aherne; Ger Collins; Mary Collins (Burgess); Mary Collins (Drishane); Monica Daly; Fidelma Delaney; Mike Fitzgerald; Mary Fitzgibbon; Kevin Galvin; Noreen Ingamells; Lorraine McCarthy; Mary McCarthy; Denis Mc. Donald; Pádraig McGrath; James Maunsell; J.P. Murphy; Orla Morrison; Colman Motherway; Sinéad O’Donovan;Kevin O’ Driscoll; Philip O’ Neill; Rita Scannell; Liz Sinclair; Ger Scully; Kieran Scully; Mary Smiddy; Tricia Treacy

Emergency Numbers to keep close to hand:

Doctor’s number: (fill in your own GP)

Youghal Gardaí: (024) 92200

Killeagh Gardaí: (024) 95112

HSE National Covid-19 helpline number: 1850- 24 -1850

Senior Line: 1800-80- 45-91

Alone also offer Covid 19 Advice 0818-222-024

Samaritans: 116123

St. Vincent de Paul Confidential line: (086) 2113588

Emergency Numbers: 112 or 999

Your Eircode number (if you don’t know this number contact us with your address and we will get it for you)

ALL CONTACT WILL BE TREATED IN TOTAL CONFIDENCE

2019 KILLEAGH GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB MOVING INTO 2020

A huge thank you to all our Silver and Gold Supporters Club members who have contributed so much to helping to keep our club afloat year on year. All those Silver & Gold Supporters of the club will get a ‘Killeagh GAA Supporters Club Car Sticker’ over the next few weeks. If you want to be included in this draw each year, please contact Tim Crotty, Colman Motherway or any committee member regarding this important fundraiser for the club.

NEW LIVE SCORING APP RIGHT TO YOUR SMARTPHONE – WHAT'S THE SCOR

There are some advertising slots for any local businesses to be filled on the new app for Killeagh GAA club. If you are interested in advertising on the app which has 50,000 users, please contact Patrick Mulcahy for more information. More information of the app & much more can be found through the PRO or you can download the app right now, find Killeagh GAA Club and follow the action by ‘Like’ by the heart button on the bottom right of the page.

LOTTO UPDATE

The Killeagh GAA Lotto Jackpot is one thing that can continue...

The latest club draw took place on Thursday 2nd of April. This week’s Lotto Jackpot was €5,400. The numbers drawn on the night were 8, 11, 12 & 28. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Connie Murphy & John Clifford Snr., while the €30 voucher for Londis, Killeagh was won by Damien Irwin & the €30 voucher for Killeagh Pharmacy was won by Ann Kirby Foley. Well done to all!

lleagh GAA Lotto will be an ONLINE LOTTO ONLY until further notice. If you do wish to enter the draw, you can buy tickets online from today at http://bit.ly/KilleaghGAA. Next week's Jackpot is €5,600.

We appreciate that many regular supporters may not be able to continue their weekly support given the changed economic climate, but we also know many people would like to continue to support, even €2 per week, while we also have about 200 Yearly & Supporters Club members to consider who have paid in advance for a Weekly Draw. Any queries please contact your regular Lotto seller or Colman on 085-7540973 or Michael on 086-2202493. Thanks again for your support.

TEAMS

For 2020, if you are looking to book the pitch or indoor hall for ANY training sessions or matches, please contact the Chairperson or PRO this week regarding such to be booked onto the online system. There is no diary in for the hall bookings. Pitches can be block booked for various reasons and need to be checked with committee before being trained on. No match or training may take place without the essential booking! You can also check bookings on the screen monitor in the clubhouse.

KILLEAGH GAA GOLF SOCIETY:

In keeping with GUI & ILGU guidelines, all golf clubs have been recommended to close to coincide with the Government recommendations.

Therefore, our Tuesday outing to Castlemartyr Golf Club, our rescheduled day out to West Waterford Golf Club for the Margaret Rochford & Tom Fitzgibbon Charity Day & our first Golfer of the Year outing to Youghal Golf Club have all now been postponed until further notice.

However, with some positive news, our weekend away to Druids Glen will take place at the end of July. Please book now if you are interested in attending. For more information, please contact Society Captain Pádraig McGrath or Treasurer Tim Crotty.

If you are interested in joining the Killeagh GAA Golf Society for their variety of trips away for 2020, give Ray Rochford a call on 087-2330054.

CORK GAA CLUBS DRAW

The 2019/20 Cork Clubs last week was postponed until the end of April. So, in April you will have two chances of winning in the Cork Clubs Draw, where first prize is €20,000 cash! Remember, Killeagh GAA members again were among the winners last November with Flo Fitzgerald picking up €1,000 cash.

If you missed your chance in joining the opening three draws, do not worry, you can join at any time. Don’t forget, approximately 45% of your ticket comes back to Killeagh GAA. If you are interested in

joining the draw, please contact our Cork GAA Clubs Co-ordinator Dave Barry on 087-8123352 or any committee member.

KILLEAGH HEALTHY CLUBS – KILLEAGH GAA CLUB, KILLEAGH/ITAS JUVENILE CLUB, KILLEAGH CAMOGIE CLUB & INCH ROVERS LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB

One of the aspects of the Healthy Clubs Initiative in Killeagh is our walking group. The walks vary hugely and are suitable for all fitness levels. We have had some great family outings including walking the Atlantic Pond (Mahon, Cork), Glenbower Woods, Beach walks and more recently Spike Island. Lots of the walks are local and we have had very pleasant trips to Lismore, Knockadoon Cliff Walk and a historic walk of Cork City followed by breakfast.

The following are the planned walks for the year;

Killeagh-Ita's Healthy Clubs Project Monthly Walks 2020 Schedule:

No. 51 Sunday April 19th East Munster Way Walk Co. Tipperary.

No. 52/53 Saturday May 16th & Sunday May 17th West Cork Walks

No. 54 Sunday June 14th Galtybeg & Galtymore

No. 55 Sunday July 19th Gougane Barra

No. 56 Sunday August 23rd Inch, Rath Fort, Ardagh, Park

No. 57 Saturday September 26th Carruntoohill

No. 58 Sunday October 18th Comeragh Trail, Co. Waterford

No. 59 Sunday November 15th Cobh Town Walk

No. 60 Sunday December 13th Youghal Estuary Walk.

Details for all walks to follow but we hope these dates won't change. Hope to see you for some or all of these walks. So, if you have any new ideas, or know someone who might be interested in joining us, new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, please contact Liz Sinclair 087-6137393! Spread the Word!

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

1. Killeagh GAA Lotto every Tuesday @ 8pm

2. Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic, West Waterford Golf Club - July 9th, 10th & 11th

3. Killeagh GAA Summer Cúl Camp for boys and girls aged 6-13 - July 13th – 17th

4. Killeagh GAA Golf Society Weekend away to Druids Glen - July 24th - 26th