Killeagh GAA Club

19 January, 2021

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS, January 17th 2021

By Patrick Mulcahy, Killeagh GAA PRO

COVID-19

This past week has seen a settling down in the number of cases but still averaging in the region of 3,500 cases & still remains a very serious situation to be in. Yes, there is a shining light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccinations increasing over the coming days & weeks but we all still have an individual responsibility to avoid picking up, carrying and spreading Covid-19.

We ask all members to be cautious at all times going forward and remember to keep your Social Distance, wear a face covering where possible, wash your hands regularly & reduce your social contacts where possible to an absolute minimum.

Remember, if you have any of the following symptoms; Fever, A Cough, Shortness of Breath or Breathing Difficulties, please contact your GP for advice & do not attend Páirc Uí Chinnéide until cleared by Public Health.

Also, it is important to check in with elderly family members & neighbours to make sure that they are all ok, fit and healthy. If anyone has a problem or needs to talk to somebody, please contact a member of the Killeagh GAA Officers in the knowledge of confidentiality will be kept.

We all have a personal responsibility in an effort to reduce Covid-19 so play your part in the local community and you should protect yourself and everyone around you.

REBELS’ BOUNTY TICKET COULD BE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT

One lucky winner will win the top prize of €100,000

Tickets are now on sale for Rebels’ Bounty, a new fundraising initiative by Cork GAA designed to support Cork players, clubs and county. The initiative offers a spectacular total prize fund of €500,000, with one lucky club member set to win €100,000.

Rebels’ Bounty is an initiative of Cork GAA to give clubs a significant opportunity to raise funds at a time when traditionally fundraising has been impacted by restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tickets for the draw cost €100 each, and tickets will be sold directly by any executive member of Killeagh GAA or on line at gaacork.ie/rebelsbounty. In every draw, there are 30 cash prizes, ranging from €100 to €20,000. In April and December, the top prize will increase to €25,000. In December, the bumper prize of €100,000 will be given away.

The first draw due to take place in February has now been postponed until Thursday March 25th where prizes will be drawn for January, February & March.

All the funds raised by the Rebels’ Bounty will be directly and indirectly invested in Cork GAA clubs. The draw is designed to ensure that most of the funds are kept locally to help improve facilities and

equipment, while the remainder will be used by Cork GAA to invest in programmes such as Rebel Óg and supports for inter-county players.

Speaking at the launch of Rebels’ Bounty Kevin O’Donovan, CEO/Secretary Cork GAA commented “Following from the launch of One Cork we are now delighted to official announce details of Rebels’ Bounty, marking the beginning of a new fundraising era for Cork Clubs. We have increased the prize fund to ensure maximum return for our members, with 30 prizes monthly. We listened to our members and all 30 prizes are now in cash. 2020 has been a unique and difficult year for our clubs and I’m delighted to launch this appeal allowing clubs to raise vital funds at a time when it is extremely hard to do so.”

Tickets for the Rebels’ Bounty are being distributed via any member of the executive committee, club officer or our club co-ordinator for the draw, Dave Barry on 087-8123352. The maximum number of entries per person is 5, with a maximum of 2 names per ticket. Entries for the first three draws will close on March 23rd 2021. For information, please visit www.gaacork.ie/rebelsbounty

IRELAND LIGHTS UP POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY (dated Friday 8th January 2021)

The GAA today received a communication from Sport Ireland who, in consultation with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht and Sport, have requested the postponement of the Ireland Lights Up walking initiative until the start of February (dependent on the Government guidelines at that time). We were informed that this late change of position was prompted by the continued escalation of the pandemic here in Ireland.

The grant scheme offered by Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland to support clubs in the delivery of Ireland Lights Up 2021 (up to a maximum of €1,000 per club, T&Cs apply) remains in place and will be activated once the green light for the commencement of the initiative is given. All GAA clubs that register to participate in Ireland Lights Up will automatically be issued details of the grant process in the coming weeks. You can continue to register here: https://getirelandwalking.ie/irelandlightsup/

· Healthy Club ‘Every Step Counts’ Challenge will proceed

The GAA Healthy Club ‘Every Step Counts’ Challenge in partnership with Irish Life’s MyLife App will proceed as planned and will start on Wednesday, January 13th and will run for 7 weeks. In each province there are 3x O'Neills vouchers up for grabs - €2,500, €1,500 & €1,000. Any club that tracks more than 4,000km during the challenge will be entered into the prize draw in their province.

Would you like to join the "Munster GAA - Every Step Counts" challenge from MyLife? Just tap on the following link: http://web.mylife.irishlife.ie/challenges/5fdb47d213498020d97e3bbe?lc=en_IE Or follow these simple steps;

1. Download the MyLife app from the App store or Google Play store Apple App Store - https://apps.apple.com/.../mylife-by-irish-life/id1459620652

Google Playstore - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.irishlife.mylife&fbclid=IwAR3YWOXUNriUggiG6DP8CR9ZOh0_LuWSbiyJWh-UF8LF3kaVGJtdGtc5UOk

2. Register your details

3. Tap on the social tab on the MyLife app

4. Select challenges

5. Select the challenge for the province of Munster

Tap on join & select Killeagh GAA to join our team!

Then get walking every day, rain, hail or shine and get as many steps in as possible. We recommend all our members and people of our community should sign up to join the Killeagh team. Record your steps into the app on a daily basis and make sure to pass the word onto your family and friends too! Ballymartle GAA Club have over 100 people signed up & they have walked 2,000kms in five days. We have many walkers & runners who got out every few days, so why not jump on board with us at Killeagh GAA! If you have any questions or are experiencing any problems with the MyLife app, please email support@mylife.irishlife.ie

HURLING HELMET SAFETY

In advance of the 2021 GAA season, players are reminded about the need to check that their equipment is in good condition and meets the required safety standards.

The GAA would like to remind all players at all levels in all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it is mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.

The following helmet manufacturers currently provide products which meet the standards set out in IS:355 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

· Atak Sports

· Azzuri

· Cooper.ie

· Marc Sports

· Mycro

· O’Neills

Players and parents should note that not all products provided by some of these manufacturers meet the standards of IS:355.

Once the helmet or faceguard is modified in anyway, the player is playing at an increased risk of injury and not covered under the terms of the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.

Go Raibh Milé maith agaibh.

COACHING AND SAFEGUARDING COURSES

Ahead of the 2021 season start, a call for all our mentors and coaches to fulfil their duties of completing their respective Coaching & Safeguarding courses with a matter of urgency. As outlined prior to the Pandemic, all persons involved in helping out the team management or players that are in the Under 18 or younger categories will need to be E-Vetted.

We will be contacting the respective coaches/mentors 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 gaa.ie, 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 childrensofficer.killeagh.cork@gaa.ie

Regarding Coaching, there is an online Foundation course being run by Cork GAA Games Development Officer, Sean Crowley in the next few weeks. It covers the Theory section of the course, the practical end will be completed once safe to do so upon lifting of the restrictive measures. You will also have to do child welfare course if not already done in order to receive a certificate. This is a good opportunity to get this complete prior to the season start in the coming weeks or months. Please contact Sean via email at sean.crowley.gda.cork@gaa.ie ASAP to book your place.

LOTTO UPDATE:

WHO WANTS THE 3K GIVEAWAY!!

The second Lotto club draw of 2021 was worth €3,400 and took place on Tuesday January 12th. The numbers drawn on the night were 6, 8, 17 & 26. We had no winner of this week’s draw. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Colin Brennan & Pamela Mackey while the €30 voucher for Joes Farm Crisps, Killeagh was won by Cian Fogarty & the €30 voucher for Barry’s Nurseries, Killeagh was won by Richard Lynch. This week’s Jackpot will be worth €3,600.

Our Lotto Tickets are available locally in the O’Neill’s Londis, Ahern’s Centra, Fitzgibbon’s Garage, Vibez Salon & Tom Kelly’s Butchers, Killeagh. Please Support Local Businesses!

But, if you cannot get to the local businesses during the week and you wish to enter the draw online, you can buy tickets up to 8:15pm on Tuesday evening at https://bit.ly/Killeagh! Remember, no queues, no delays, the Killeagh GAA Online Lotto is always a great and easy way to Play!!

If there are any queries regarding the Lotto, please contact your regular Lotto seller or any committee member. Thanks again for your support as we meet our financial commitments on a monthly basis.

Remember, Money Spent Local Stays Local!

YEARLY LOTTO TICKETS ON SALE

We have a large number of Lotto members & supporters who avail of a yearly ticket which gives weekly entry into the Draw. Until draw time on January 26th, instead of the usual price of €90, we are offering this Yearly Ticket at a reduced price of €80 (50 draws for the price of 40). If you would like to avail of this offer, please drop an envelope with your name, phone number and your 4 chosen numbers between 1 and 36 and payment into the Lotto box in either Aherns Centra or O'Neill’s Londis or to Fitzgibbons Garage (by Tuesday evening at 6pm if you wish to be included in this week's draw). Please note, from January 27th, the Yearly Lotto Ticket will cost €90. A receipt will be issued to you in due course. We thank you in advance once again for your support

KILLEAGH GAA GOLF SOCIETY:

Hopefully, we will be able to give out a schedule of events for 2021 over the coming weeks but there will be some events that will need some changing of dates, which are being worked on in the background.

One thing is for certain, our Annual three-day Killeagh GAA Golf Classic is scheduled from Thursday July 8th to Saturday July 10th at West Waterford Golf Club. If you are interested in playing in the three-day extravaganza, the good advice is to contact Ray Rochford ASAP to get your optimum timeslot.

If you are interested in joining the Killeagh GAA Golf Society for their variety of trips away & outings for 2021, give Ray Rochford a call or a text on 087-2330054.

ALSO...

Remember, stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook ‘Killeagh GAA’ or Twitter @KilleaghGAA for further up to date information on club.

For live scoring, download the Whats The Scór app and search & ‘like’ the Killeagh GAA page.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

1. Killeagh GAA – Cash Tickets & Online Lotto every Tuesday @ 8:30pm

2. 2021 Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic @ West Waterford GC – July 8th, 9th & 10th