Killeagh GAA Club

15 June, 2020


The light at the end of tunnel is getting bigger by the day. A huge development last Friday week as the GAA announced a Roadmap for a ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’ for the summer ahead. This week, while pitches & facilities remain closed, we opened our walkway around the main field for people within our community to take on some exercise in a safe, quiet environment. We will also be restarting our cash sales for our Club Lotto very shortly, more to confirm in coming weeks.


With training & games coming back on the horizon, we will need all our mentors and coaches to fulfil their duties of completing their respective Coaching & Safeguarding courses. As outlined prior to the Pandemic, all persons involved in helping out the team management or players that are in the Under 18 category will need to be E-Vetted.

We will be contacting the respective coaches who need to attend training in time, but for the moment we ask that ALL COACHES should start or complete the mandatory online E-Vetting process. You can do this by logging onto, search for the E-Vetting section and complete the necessary steps as outlined. We need these completed before we return to the green fields of Páirc Uí Chinnéide. Anyone that has an issue with it or has a query on the above subject, please contact the GAA Children’s Officer Grainne Fitzgerald on 087-6290214 or email


With the GAA announcing on Friday June 5th that all GAA facilities and pitches are to remain closed until June 29th, which means that no GAA, Camogie or LGFA activities shall take place until then at the earliest. We constantly are striving to improve our facilities by carrying out essential work throughout Páirc Uí Chinnéide. Over the next three weeks, please take note of the following points that should be noted by all members;

1. All training, team gatherings & meetings remain suspended until June 29th at earliest.

2. A directive from Croke Park states that "Club gyms are to be closed and access suspended". Therefore, our Gym will be closed until further notice.

3. All clubrooms & dressing room facilities are to remain closed until mid-August at earliest in accordance with the GAA Roadmap on ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’. We ask the ALL MEMBERS adhere to this directive.

4. The pitches are closed for use, we ask ALL MEMBERS to refrain from use of any these facilities.

5. Our walkway will be reopened at Páirc Uí Chinnéide this week. Please read the notice below and adhere to any instruction on our Stewards or to our Covid-19 Officer.

6. We ask all players, club members, parents of children in our Underage section & spectators to read the ‘Guidelines on Safe Return to Gaelic Games’ which is attached below. This is a living but important and essential document to understand on how to return to some normality in 2020.

7. We ask that people using our walkway should be located within the 20km recommended radius and that you ‘Stay Local’ and where possible ‘Stay at Home’. If shopping, support Local Businesses.

8. To minimise the risk of the Coronavirus spreading, our club shop will remain closed until further notice.

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

10. 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.

We will update instructions over the coming weeks, it will be changed here and notified on the Club Text & our Social Media. 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!


Of course, as seen on the 6.01pm News on RTÉ One, Marty Morrissey reported outside the front gate of Páirc Uí Chinnéide as the GAA announced last Thursday week that clubs would be allowed to open walkways upon application to their respective county boards. We have sent in our documentation to the Secretary of the Cork County Board.

We would kindly ask all patrons to follow these regulations & Government/GAA Guidelines while using the walkway over the next few weeks;

1. The grounds will be open on a weekday basis for WALKING ONLY ON THE WALKWAY from 10am-12pm & from 6-8pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGES). All are welcome to walk. Everybody who arrives to Páirc Uí Chinnéide will be required to sign in for Contact Tracing purposes.

2. Between 10-11am, only those over 70 years old or those who are considered as in the ‘At Risk’ groups (eg. Those in medical conditions, health care & frontline workers, anyone cocooning) may walk during this period. We ask people to respect this time for those cocooning.

3. Unfortunately, there will be no hurling, football, bikes, scooters etc. allowed on the premises. Nobody will be allowed on any of the pitches or allowed play at the ball wall. While we as a club know that this is very restrictive, we need and must follow to Government & HSE Guidance at all times while the Walkway is in use.

4. Please observe social distancing (2m apart), walk in an anti-clockwise direction around the main pitch only and be mindful of others. Please keep off the newly seeded banks and grass margins as these are just about starting to grow.

5. Upon arrival, please use the hand sanitizer that will be available (or bring your own).

6. The Clubhouse will remain closed in accordance with the ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’ Roadmap until August 10th. There will be toilets open for essential use.

7. Please spend no more than 90 minutes at the pitch so that everyone will have an opportunity to walk safely.

8. If you are unwell, feel sick or have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to Páirc Uí Chinnéide, stay at home and self-isolate as per Public Health advice.

We will require volunteer stewards over the next fortnight while the walkway is open. Stewards will be required to complete a two hour block between the times outlined. If you are available and willing to help, please contact Colman on 085-7540973 to make yourself known. Any changes to the above will be notified on our Social Media or on this column next week.


With training due to resume in next few weeks and matches not long thereafter, we ask that all players should have their membership paid at this stage. If not, please contact our Registrar Ger Scully. Club members should also have their membership at this stage. It is important we gather this membership in a timely manner as your club must meet ongoing financial commitments on a monthly basis.


The Executive of the East Cork Board held a Zoom meeting on Wed 10th June and the following was agreed:

The East Cork Junior Hurling Championship would retain the formula agreed by the clubs and the following games were fixed;

Fri 31st July, Lisgoold v Cobh

Sat 1st Aug, Erin’s Own v Killeagh

Sun 2nd Aug, Watergrasshill v Fr O’Neill’s.

These fixtures may be subject to change pending the publication of The County fixture programme.

All other Hurling and Football Championship fixtures will be looked at following publication of same.

The next meeting of the Executive of the East Cork Board will be held on Wed 17th June.

We thank all teams and club members for continuing to comply with Government and GAA regulations.


At tonight’s meeting of the County Executive, consideration was given to County Championship formats for 2020.

The preference remains for a group stage championship in line with the format approved by clubs last year, subject to the window available.

With inter-county games resuming on the weekend of October 17th/18th, we await the programme of inter-county activity from the GAA’s CCCC later this month to allow us to maximise the period of club activity from July onwards.

Therefore, there will be no final decision on formats until that point.

Meanwhile, a subgroup is examining the opportunities for the streaming of games to allow the greatest possible audience for the club programme and to facilitate those who are unable to attend.

In the meantime, we thank all teams and club members for continuing to comply with government and GAA regulations.


Since the publication of the Guidelines on Safe Return to Gaelic Games on 5 June, the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association have partnered to develop a Covid-19 Club Education Programme to help those involved in Clubs return safely to Gaelic Games activities.

Through education on roles and responsibilities, the programme aims to reinforce how collective responsibility can help protect the health and welfare of all those involved in Gaelic Games and minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in local communities.

The programme will be delivered in stages with the initial offering focussing on Covid Supervisors and Club Officers.

More detailed information for Players and Parents/Guardians of underage Players, and Team Personnel such as Managers, Coaches and Medical Personnel will be issued during the week starting 16 June.

A number of key points are worth noting.

· Clubs will not be expected to record the temperatures of players when they arrive for training/games.

· Adult players and parents/guardians of underage players will be required to complete an online Health Questionnaire once prior to their return to GAA Activities.

· Adult players and parents/guardians of underage players will then be required to declare, before each training session/game, that their health status has not changed.

· An online system for the health questionnaire will be provided centrally by the GAA. This is the only system that should be used.

Further details in relation to the online Health Questionnaire will be circulated next week. Also, plans will be communicated next week on specific Covid-19 education for referees and games development staff, e.g. protocols for Cúl Camps and sample coaching activities.


The GAA, An Cumann Camogaíochta and the LGFA have today published a plan for a safe return to Gaelic games for the three organisations.

The plan (attached) is the work of a specially appointed Advisory Committee, which included representatives of all three bodies, the GPA and a number of medical experts (see below for committee members).

It offers a route back to activity, subject to the government timelines being achieved in the weeks and months ahead.

It is broken down into sections covering Medical Advice; Preparing for a Safe Return; Information for Players and Team Personnel; Summary and Checklist; Roadmap for Return to Activity

Some of the stand-out elements of the report include:

· A gradual return to on-field non-contact activity in Phase Three of the Government plan in small groups.

· The need for an online education programme and new measures around temperature checking and completed documentation before training and games.

· A return to contact sport on July 20.

· Provisional windows for club activity and the return of inter-county training and competitions.

The document mirrors the Government roadmap and outlines the opt-in approach of the wider Gaelic games family regarding a possible return to activity and play.

It is being distributed to all units today with a view to providing them with time to put in place the necessary arrangements to facilitate a return to activity. (see attached for Guidelines on ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’.)


As we reopen our pitches for training, we will be laying out strict protocols over the first few weeks to make sure the correct procedures are being taken. We are doing our best to ensure that every team gets a fair opportunity to a Safe Return to Play and gets the required time on the field towards training & playing matches. The relevant Chairpersons & Secretaries of the clubs have been notified of this and will speak to mentors in the coming days regarding such.

Please take note that the only way to book a pitch will be via email and no other way will be accepted. Further notes on this subject to follow in the coming week.


Our club has now transferred onto the new Smart Lotto system.

The new system is different in that you can now add money to your ‘Smart Lotto account wallet’ and use this money to play Lotto over the following weeks whenever you wish.

This reduces banking charges & fees for you due to fewer card transactions & makes it easier for you to play the club lotto.

Current online registered players will need to activate their new account by:

1. You should now have received an email (check Junk/Spam) from Smart Lotto with a link to the new Lotto system. This link will guide you to ‘create a new password’ & enter your payment details etc.

2. If you haven’t received an email, no problem, you can still use the link below. Click ‘Menu’ (Top Right lines on mobile device), click ‘login’, and click ‘Forgot password’, follow instructions to enter new password & follow instructions to add payment details etc.

3. Play our Club Lotto & be in with a chance to win the jackpot while supporting your club. At this time when we have no other income, our lotto is more vital than ever in helping us meet our ongoing financial commitments on a monthly basis.


For anyone who is new to our online Lotto simply click the link below, click ‘First Time Playing’ & follow the instructions.

Smart Lotto host the online Lotto system and any technical or payment queries should be addressed directly to them via their website.

If anyone has other general queries relating to the online system & needs some guidance on how to gain access to the new website, please contact Padraig McGrath 087-8575678 who is the Killeagh GAA club administrator of the online system. (New Link for Lotto)

Go Raibh Milé Maith Agaibh!


The Killeagh GAA Lotto Jackpot on the rise...

The latest club draw took place on Tuesday 9th of June. Last week’s Lotto Jackpot was €7,400. The numbers drawn on the night were 14, 24, 29 & 36. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were John Clifford & Noreen Kelly, while the O'Neill’s Londis, Killeagh was won by Paul Treacy & the €30 voucher for Killeagh Pharmacy was won by Conor & Grainne Murphy. Well done to all!

Please note, for the next few weeks, the Killeagh GAA Lotto will be an ONLINE LOTTO ONLY until further notice. But we do hope to return to selling tickets in shops sooner rather than later, our Lotto Committee are working on ideas on how to do this safely.

However, if you do wish to enter the draw online, you can buy tickets up to Tuesday evening at 8:15pm on (take note of the new link!). This week's Jackpot is a massive €7,600 which could be handy for post Covid-19 special treatment on you!

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.

If there are any queries regarding the Lotto, please contact your regular Lotto seller or Colman on 085-7540973 or Michael on 086-2202493. Thanks again for your support.


Club Newsletter – Irish language Quarterly ‘Cuaille’

Our Club Newsletter concentrates on issues and information of interest and direct relevance to our wider club network. It is issued monthly to all club secretaries and previous issues can be found here

Cuireadh tús, freisin, le hiris nua Ghaeilge CLG, ‘Cuaille’, le gairid a bheidh ar fáil uair sa ráithe.

Bheadh muid buíoch díbh dá mbeadh sibh sásta an iris seo a roinnt le bhur gcuid ball freisin.

GAA Coaching and Games

From webinars, skills challenges & virtual training sessions, it’s been a busy few months for the GAA community. Our Games Development Department has been busy providing assistance to coaches, players, teachers and parents to make this difficult time easier.

GAA Learning Website

The GAA Learning platform at is host to a series of Games Development initiatives building on the vast array of resources and courses published in recent years that are now providing a very valuable outlet for Coaches, Players, and Teachers without the opportunity to perform their usual roles in the promotion and playing of our games.

Some of these initiatives include: -GAA Primary Challenges – Lesson Plans & Physical Activities for Primary School Children -Coaching Webinars – Live and recorded webinars with leaders in Coaching and Coach Education – 100’s of activities to Coach Hurling, Football, Handball and Rounders on the GAA Coaching Planner

– Games Development Conference Videos and Presentations from 2014 to 2020 – ‘GAA 15’ Injury Prevention Programme – – Céim ar Aghaidh Resources for Primary School – – The Skills of Hurling – – The Skills of Football – – Online Courses and Workshops for Coaches, Players, Referees and Administrators – LGFA and Camogie Resources and Programmes

#GAAPrimary Challenges

The #GAAPrimary Challenges is a series of learning & physical activities for children in Primary School. During these particularly challenging times for families, the #GAAPrimary Challenges are designed to help teachers and parents to work on the cross-curricular lesson plans with children to meet their learning needs. Gaelic games-themed lessons are across all curriculum subjects and are for children at every class level, based on the GAA Céim ar Aghaidh/Step Ahead resource. For some fresh air and physical exercise, inter-county stars set Skill Challenges weekly that can be done at or near your home. There are also fun competitions and prizes to be won on the @GAAlearning twitter page. Primary teachers are encouraged to share lesson plans, learning material and ideas by email to or on social media using #GAAPrimary.

Webinar Series

To help coaches through this difficult period, the GAA, an Cumann Camogaíochta & the LGFA have created a series of Coach Development Webinar sessions taking place on Tuesdays & Thursday at 7.30pm. Information on future sessions can be access through our twitter ‘@GAAlearning’ and past sessions can be viewed on our Youtube Page ‘GAALearning’ National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty, is hosting Hurling specific webinars every Monday on various aspects of the game and how best to coach it. For more details, visit out twitter @GAALearning

Coach Survey

The Coach Survey was launched this week with the GAA, LGFA & Camogie Association joining forces to help shape the future development of Gaelic games. The aim of the survey is to get to know more about coache’s involvement, their role, experiences and how they envisage their coaching future. The form can be accessed through the link below. If you have any queries about the survey, you can email

For more information on any of these resources, please see free to email us at ‘’ visit our website ‘’ or twitter page @GAALearning

Pitch Advice

Our pitches have seldom been quieter than they have been for the last two and a half months. However, when we do return, it’s likely they will be in high demand by various club teams.

Many clubs have been maintaining their playing facilities over the course of the pandemic.

Our National Pitch Maintenance Working Group have prepared a document to assist clubs in maintaining their pitches and can be contacted at the following email address with any queries:

Time Capsule

Amid all the stress and strain and sadness of these uncertain days there is also the realisation that these are historic times. In that vein, the GAA History Committee is encouraging clubs and counties to actively record the experience of clubs during this pandemic – for the benefit of future generations to review and learn from.

As Colin Regan, the GAA Community Manager, said: “When our games stopped, our people didn’t.” This is an opportunity to record and time capsule the work done by the GAA in our communities. Get thinking about those in your club who might be interested in documenting memories from this time for future members and keep an eye out for more on this in the time ahead.

Grassroots Club Stories Project

In the coming weeks, the GAA in association with Ballpoint Press Ltd, will launch a project to try and capture engaging and amusing stories from around our wider club network, both at home and abroad.

It is planned to publish the stand-out stories that are collected in a new book and all stories recorded will be added to the GAA archive at Croke Park.

The intention is to capture part of our shared folklore through stories that may be well known in given localities but not to wider audiences. Look out for more information in the coming weeks.


Many of our units will face challenges in the coming months after the long closure. A large number of our clubs have been involved in incredible fundraising initiatives since the outbreak of the pandemic built around sporting endeavours, including long distance team cycling and running.

Might some of these same initiatives be re-purposed by members to raise funds for our clubs?

Other opportunities which will present themselves in the weeks ahead should include the return of our Club Lottos and the annual GAA National Club Draw.


We may not have a schedule of live games to cover, but we have been working to bring our members and supporters the best of our games from bygone years. Every week we are showing a whole host of full games and highlights from the GAANOW archive.

From County Glory Days to All-Ireland Finals to Hall of Fame highlights, all of these videos can be shared across your Club’s social media accounts. – the GAA’s new Club Dashboard Club officers and administrators no longer need to remember different URLs for membership, insurance, transfers, etc. – you’ll now find everything on the GAA Club Dashboard.

The Club Dashboard allows you to navigate to the site or portal you need in one click.

It will also post reminders and important notifications so that you don’t miss a deadline or update.

You can create your own ‘favourites’ section with the pages you visit most. is fully functional on desktop and mobile.

Activities at Home

For both younger and older kids, we’re creating lots to keep everyone occupied. From weekly activity packs for juvenile members, to information on organising online sessions and learning-focused Primary School activities, the Activities at Home section of GAA has lots available for you to share with your members. Visit the site here

Organising Online Exercise and Coaching Sessions The temporary postponement of our games and training sessions has undoubtedly impacted on many of us including our underage teams and the children and young people in our clubs, i.e. those under 18 years of age and their families.

It is however always gratifying to hear of coaches and clubs who have recently contacted us seeking permission during these restricted times to deliver live online exercise and coaching sessions for our underage teams. With the correct safety guidance and good practices in place, we wish to support such initiatives.

In the downloads section of this page you will find protocols around organising these sessions, outlining the safeguards that must be adhered to when staging this type of activity and a guide to using ‘Microsoft Teams’, an online collaboration tool which is available to holders of official GAA email addresses and can be used to organise club activities with members.

For the safety of all of our members, please ensure you do not organise or participate in sessions that do not follow the GAA’s guidance on this area. For more visit here


The 'Club Together' initiative in association with Centra and Super Valu continues this week. A freephone 1800 number for people to use from Cork County Council 1800 805 819 with the lines open from 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. 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.


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.


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)



Our Annual Golf Classic has been postponed until September 3rd, 4th & 5th 2020 which will take place in West Waterford Golf Club. Please, spread the word (not the virus)! This is a tough decision for us. One thing for sure, as our playing time will be slightly more limited than our annual fixture in July, it is important for teams to book themselves onto the timesheet early.

Currently, we are seeking MAJOR SPONSORS to help us proceed with the Annual Golf Classic for 2020! Remember we had 147 teams last year which saw over 400 people play throughout the event and the plenty advertising prior to the event also! Or if you want to sponsor one of the biggest three-day amateur Golf Classics around, you can also book a Classic Sponsorship or a Tee Box Sponsorship through Ray on 087-2330054 who has further details.

With the golf courses open and everyone adhering to social distance measures, there are big numbers out taking to the courses locally. We ask all our members & guests to please keep adhering to their relevant club guidelines & protocols regarding Social Distancing, Hand Sanitizers, Local Club rules etc. These are important times to support the clubs in their return to action. Be safe and sensible and enjoy the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, Society & Competition Golf (Open & Closed) will not return until June 29th at earliest. Therefore, we have been forced into re-fixing some outings for the year ahead.

Our first confirmed fixture of the newly re-jigged season is the 1st round of the Golfer of the Year competition to Youghal Golf Club which takes place on Sunday July 5th from 2pm. The timesheet is booked out from 2pm until 4:10pm already but we have plenty time thereafter. The advice is to contact Ray ASAP on 087-2330054 to get yourself on the time sheet.

We have our 2nd round fixture of the Golfer of the Year competition has been confirmed for July 23rd. We will confirm the venue hopefully next week.

Our Captain’s Prize will take place on Sunday August 16th in Castlemartyr Resort at 12:30pm. Again, a date for the diary as it is the 3rd leg of the Golfer of the Year competition!

Please note, our first Tuesday outing of the season will take place on Tuesday July 14th in Lismore Golf Club. The timesheet is with Ray Rochford and we are starting from 11am.

And our rescheduled day out to West Waterford Golf Club for the Margaret Rochford & Tom Fitzgibbon Charity Day is to be rescheduled for later in the year.

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.


The 2019/20 Cork Clubs draw for June will take place in Páirc Uí Rinn at the latter end of the month where the top prize is €20,000 Cash!!

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. Don’t forget, approximately 45% of your ticket comes back to Killeagh GAA.


Remember, stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook ‘Killeagh GAA’ or Twitter @KilleaghGAA for further up to date information on club on-goings. For live scoring, download the Whats The Scór app and ‘like’ the Killeagh GAA page.


1. Killeagh GAA Online Only Lotto every Tuesday @ 8:30pm

2. Killeagh GAA Summer Cúl Camp for boys and girls aged 6-13 – POSTPONED

3. Killeagh GAA Golf Society 1st Round Golfer of the Year at Youghal GC – July 5th

4. Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic, West Waterford Golf Club – September 3rd, 4th & 5th (Please Note Date Change)