22ú lá de mhí Mhárta 2020
RE: Community Update – Chairman’s Address
Firstly, I want to wish all our members, a Happy Mother’s Day particularly those on the front line. Despite the circumstances, I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping healthy, taking care of yourselves, and staying safe during this very difficult time. Remember to look after and pay attention to your mental health as much as your physical health during this time. We are lucky that we have a great spread of members on every street and road in the surrounding community and I would appeal to each of you to please continue to check in with your elderly & vulnerable neighbours. Let them know they are not alone and that club members are available to offer to help them if required.
Follow HSE Guidelines – https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
I would also like to thank most of you for abiding by Govt and HSE guidelines and would stress the importance of continuing to do so. I would ask both adult and juvenile players to refrain from arranging impromptu training sessions of large numbers in Martin Savage Park and to adhere to social distancing requirements. I would also ask that all members refrain from congregating in the Club carpark. We have kept the gates open to facilitate some of our more elderly neighbour’s access to the train station and SuperValu.
Community Initiatives – Pobail Phluincéad
In terms of the Covid Community support initiatives, our first initiative was led out by Ronan Doohan to support Meaghers Pharmacy with our members delivering prescriptions in the evenings. This is important to ensure the safety of both customers and staff by avoiding people congregating in the Pharmacy. I am delighted to say the response by the Community has been overwhelmingly positive so far. We are now expanding this programme and calling it Pobail Pluincéid (Plunketts Community). I am also delighted to say that Joan Voakes will lead out and coordinate Pobail Phluincéad.
Any member of the community who may be unable to leave their home are welcome to contact Joan
for assistance. Our club members will provide assistance in getting necessities such as fuel, groceries or prescriptions.
We already have several people who are ready to assist the Pobail Phluincéad group. You can join or support this team by contacting Joan on mobile 087 9582611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as I am sure there are other Pharmacies & stores in the locality who would welcome our support for their customers.
To all our volunteers, maith thú, tá tú go léir iontach / you have been absolutely brilliant so far and I was delighted that this got aired last Friday on RTE Radio News at 1 with our Vice Chairman, Ronan Doohan outlining what the Club is doing.
I would also like to acknowledge the super work being done by our PRO, Brian Connolly who has been issuing updates daily to our members through our various social media channels (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram). Please contact Brian if you want anything to be publicised.
Change to the Club Executive
In terms of updates on other Club activities, I want to welcome Caoimhe Ni Mhaolagáin onto the Executive Committee to lead out on our culture and Irish language initiative and I am sure many of you have seen the cúpla focal of Gaeilge on our recent online updates. Many thanks to Tadhg O’Conchubhair for all his hard work in this role over so many years of dedication.
Facilities & Membership
In terms of the Clubhouse, we have shut the premises down completely with all games, training and gym use suspended and of course the bar continues to remain shut in line with HSE and GAA guidelines. I am aware that the final date for membership payments is 30th March but fully recognise that some members are now financially challenged due to loss of income or losing their job.
As a club, we will look at special arrangements being put in place when we come out the other side to facilitate payment of outstanding membership where necessary. We will also revert to you regarding our intentions on the weekly lotto draws once we have spoken to the lotto team to get their views.
Another piece of good news is that the re-roofing of the Club house will commence next week however we may have to consider closing our gates at night for the duration of the job.
Thank you to our members in the Frontline
A special word of thanks to all our members with frontline roles in the medical sector, members of our Garda and security forces and those ensuring the supply of essential services and goods. We are extremely grateful for your efforts to date. Keep up the good work.
To conclude, I am proud of our response as a Club in playing a front-line role in supporting our community during this difficult time. It is also a great sign of how our members pull together and support each other at times like this. As this crisis continues, we will need to pull together more than ever and we will come out the other end, stronger than ever.
Fanacht sláintiúil agus fanacht sábháilte (Stay safe and healthy)