COVID-19


1st April, 2020


                                                                                                                                         COVID 19 – Club Update

  

“Nach ait an mac an saol”

1ú Aibrean 2020

 

 

A Chairde,

 

I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health. It’s remarkable that rather than celebrating our players senior championship exploits tonight as planned that we now collectively face the unprecedented Covid-19 challenge.

 

All our worlds have changed drastically in the last few weeks. In the scale of this global challenge our local Na Fianna response may seem insignificant but in truth our local and personal actions are vital at this time.

 

Together we face the challenge of our generation

 

It’s now more important then ever that our robust community infrastructure is harnessed and utilized for the benefit of all. Now more than ever do we rely on each other locally – to keep each other safe – to keep our spirits up and to assist all others in our community in a time of need.

 

Again in the face of adversity the response of our community, like all communities throughout our small island, has been truly inspiring.

 

We are immensely proud of all of our members contributing to the national effort – to our sporting heroes- we now add a new list of role models of whom we’re equally proud of- to all of you assisting from frontline health care, to pilots, community and political leaders, retail workers, teachers, journalists, volunteers and so many others –  Ár mbuíochas ó chroí agus coinnigh do mhisneach.

 

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”

 

Since the beginning of Covid-19 crisis the Executive of CLG Na Fianna has held regular on-line meetings to review our community response and co-ordinate the following actions.

 

A range of club activities continue as follows:

 

Na Fianna’s Covid Volunteer Community Assistance

 

The volunteer community assistance programme, which is player led, is now under way and is led by our Players Rep on the Exec Niall McGovern and volunteer coordinated by Anne O’Dea

 

The assistance programme is currently

  • Responding to direct calls for assistance
  • Engaging with the national Club Together Scheme.
  • Supporting local community groups request
  • Providing emergency maintenance/repair service for those cocooned, if required.

To seek assistance from or to volunteer for this group please contact community@clgnafianna.ie or ring 087 2446053

  

“Mol an Óige agus tíocfaidh sí”

 

Games Development – On Line training

 

Our Games Development group have been coordinating an outstanding response with much activity continuing in a safe on-line environment including the following:

  • Release and circulation of a range of digital training videos, with helpful drills and skills
  • On-line training for mentors showing how to arrange and run sessions for their age group
  • Co-ordination of on-line nursery session last Saturday with 200 participants with plans to extend the on-line Nursery session to up to 600 next week.
  • Supply of teaching videos to our local schools
  • Mentors across a range of groups have also arranged specific on-line training sessions.

Great credit is due to both Niall Cooper and Mark Mc Manus for such great work in this area along with our nursery co-ordinator Michael Carr. It would be helpful to provide feedback to Niall and Mark of any of your own groups innovations if relevant so we can share all our new learning experiences as quickly as possible.

Our cultural activities also continue with our Thursday night Trad session now gone live on-line too!

“Is fearr an tsláinte ná an táinte”

 

Serious operational implications for club

While our emphasis at this time will continue to be on the health and well-being of our community, we must recognise that the sudden changes are having a catastrophic effect on the financial operations of our community.

Normally our substantial monthly costs of over €80k are met by our monthly income from sources such as rental income, bar revenue, room hire, fundraising and members subs.

In our new environment, our partner social enterprises have temporarily ceased operating, our bar and function rooms are closed and new subscriptions have ceased so we are not currently in a position to match our income to our outgoings.

A specially constituted Covid-19 finance sub committee urgently reviewed all the financial implications and they presented their detailed recommendations to an online meeting of the Executive last Sunday evening.

The recommendations adopted by the executive regretfully include the temporary lay off of staff, the request to defer our mortgage payments, a request for our social enterprises to continue to support the club during this time and a range of other deferral of costs including a request for support from our governing bodies.

To counter balance the loss of revenue we will shortly launch a suite of Covid related projects, which we will ask all members to support, where possible-

These will include:

  • Our Club Lotto going fully online,
  • Collection of any members subscription payments due,
  • A range of virtual occasions
  • The preplanning for a post Covid-19 Coisir Mór when we hope to all get together and celebrate when it’s safe to do so.

    While we grapple with the immediate, urgent Covid-19 issues – we must also remain focused on our long term goals, including completing our All Weather development .

 

Despite a further delay in approval of our state grant drawdown we are now almost ready to commence construction when it’s safe but will need our members support to help fund this projects completion – there will be more news on this as we progress.

“Ní neart go cur le chéile”

 

We have and will continue to face this challenge together, unified with the clarion call of our ancient Na Fianna motto – “Purity of heart, strength in our limbs and actions according to our words”.

 

We each, by our own practicable actions, have a unique opportunity to help save lives. Our own actions can also assist and support those who put their health at risk for the greater good – from our outstanding health care staff, medical and support staff, to retail staff, volunteers in community efforts and so many more.

Please heed the advice of our outstanding Health care specialists and #stayathome

 

To conclude on an uplifting note here a small flavour of the positive efforts of some of our community of whom we’re immensely proud of:

 

  • Our Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúr – Prof Donal Buggy – Critical Care Team Mater Hospital who proudly represents Na Fiannas many doctors, nurses & medical support staff who bravely place their own health at risk to protect ours.
  • Our Uachtaran CLG John Horan – who has provided decisive leadership of our GAA national community based response
  • Our Minister for Finance and all our public reps of all parties who have helped co-ordinate a unified response across all our state services ably assisted by our senior civil servants. Their mature and calm leadership has been vital at this point.
  • Our Minor Ladies football selector Gar Taylor – Flying to China to secure PPE for our Health Care Professionals.
  • Our Juvenile Mentors – Gavin Jennings, Audrey Carville and Shane Coleman and all their journalist colleagues keeping our nation factually and calmly informed.
  • Our Minor Football Manager, Paul Smith of O’Neills Sports for their production to PPE for our health services.
  • Our pitch maintenance crew member Jim Flynn at Tesco Central Distribution – along with all his industry colleagues in the retail sector for keeping our critical food supply chain operating
  • Our mentor Gary Bateson who is currently helping transform IDL production lines to supply Oxygen and hand sanitizer to the HSE
  • To our hurler John Sharpson, our newest national TV teacher superstar along with Carmel De Grae, Scoil Chaitríona who represent all the dedicated teachers working hard online to keep our students engaged
  • All those countless others who have volunteered for our community assistance.

 

We all know thankfully that there are so many others in our community who, like those above, neither seek praise nor thanks but are dedicated to the simple goal of keeping us safe.

We are immensely proud of all these efforts, sibhse ár Laochanna inniu agus ár mbuíochas libh go deo.  Beirimid an bua agus tiocfaimid tríd le chéile le……

 

Glaine in ár gcroí -Purity in our hearts

Neart in ár nGeag – Strength in our limbs

Beart de réir ár mbriathar – Action according to our words

 

Coinnígí Slán.

 

Le Buíochas

 

Cormac Ó Donnchú

Cathaoirleach 

CLG Na Fianna


25th March, 2020


A Chairde,

 

Please see official Covid-19 directive from GAA instructing all Clubs to fully close all facilities. This is to include the use of all pitches & property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings. As a result ALL Na Fianna pitches are now CLOSED. 

 

https://www.gaa.ie/news-archive/news/latest-gaa-update-on-covid-19/

 

Latest GAA update on Covid-19

Wednesday 25 March 2020

We previously advised 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.

Club Operations

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.

Community Support

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

15th March, 2020


A Chairde,

 

In order to promote and ensure social distancing, and to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 to our members, staff, volunteers and the wider Na Fianna community, the CLG Na Fianna Clubhouse including Members’ Bar and function rooms will be temporarily closed until further notice, with immediate effect.

 

Stay safe and look after each other, and in the interests of public safety, please follow all published guidelines. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

 

14th March, 2020


Covid-19 – Na Fianna Update

14ú Márta 2020

Since last week’s Government guidelines on dealing with Covid-19 were announced, CLG Na Fianna has consistently advised members to follow the guidelines as recommended by official sources. This will continue to be the case and all members and mentors are asked to only use or refer to information from these official sources i.e. HSE, Department of Health etc.

In the following pages please see latest website links, some practical guidelines and latest communications from our relevant sporting bodies.

Given the current situation the Club Executive has made the following decisions in the best interests of Na Fianna members.

  • No organised or unorganised training sessions to go ahead. This is our social responsibility to our players, our community and country, and protects the Club’s reputation and good standing within the community.
  • The Club gym, an unsupervised facility, will close with immediate effect.
  • The Senior 3 Camogie fundraiser scheduled for Monday 16th March has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Enquiries regarding refunds to Edel Cassidy.
  • Good Friday’s Na Fianna 5k Fun Run has been postponed and registration has been suspended and will be rescheduled.
  • The Clubhouse and Members’ Bar will remain open for the meantime.
  • The Club will honour third party function bookings for this weekend and all are subject to full adherence to public health guidelines.
  • Parents and Guardians are also reminded that Na Fianna does not purport to offer supervision to children on the club premises or grounds. In addition, Juveniles are asked not to bring non-members into the club grounds. This notice is also printed on membership form. Parents should also note that children should not under any circumstances enter the club buildings during the day as the premises are unoccupied and unsupervised. Membership card access to club facilities is being monitored and any obvious pattern of mis-use will result in access services to individual membership cards being withdrawn. The co-operation of all is appreciated.
  • All coaching events and Na Fianna Nursery suspended until after 29th March

Members will understand that due to the ever-changing environment in which we find ourselves, decisions on further closures, restrictions and limitations may be taken on a daily basis but that any further changes will be communicated as they arise.

Na Fianna’s Whatsapp groups are intended for club communication and should only be used for the cascading to team groups of club related information and updates from verified official sources.

Most importantly, stay safe and look after each other. We are going through unprecedented times and an appeal is being made to all members and the Na Fianna Community, in the interests of public safety, to follow all published guidelines.

Ní neart go cur le chéile.

 

Some Useful websites for reference

 

12th March, 2020


NUACHT RÁITEAS | MEDIA RELEASE

12ú  Márta, 2020

Joint Media Release from the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the LGFA

Covid-19 response

In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, inter-county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.

This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades.

We will continue to liaise with Government officials and review the situation between now and the end of the month, assessing the impact of these measures on our competitions.

In the meantime, the Association is encouraging all members to continue to follow the guidelines which have been provided by the health authorities.

 

12th March, 2020


A Chairde,

In light of this afternoon’s Covid-19 statement by Dublin GAA, see below, ALL club training & matches are cancelled till March 29th with immediate effect. More info as we get it, please follow guidelines.

 

Dublin GAA Board, having considered the statement issued by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, have decided to cancel all club games and training sessions under our auspices until after March 29.

Clubs are advised to reduce social interactions as much as possible.

We will continue to monitor the situation, taking advice from the Government, HSE and GAA Central Council. Dublin GAA will provide updates accordingly.

Please continue to follow the guidelines issued by the HSE.

Yours sincerely,

John Costello

 

2nd March, 2020


Important Notice From CLG Na Fianna To Members

A Chairde,

Please see email communication below received today from HSE regarding Cornavirus confirming that all Club activities may proceed as normal. Please note that any members subject to instruction from HSE should not attend any Club activities for the next two weeks.

 

Sent: Monday, March 2, 2020 12:27 PM
To: chairman.nafianna.dublin

Subject: [External] COVID-19

 

Dear Chairman

On public health advice a school in Dublin has been closed until Monday March 16th 2020.

All staff and students have been advised  not to attend school, work, social or sporting events and to limit their social interactions in so far as possible.

This includes not having visitors to the house and avoiding social gatherings and crowded settings.

 

Other members of their household do not need to restrict their activities.

However, there are no restrictions for any other people in the community who use your Na Fianna facilities or participate in events in your club.

I attach for your information a leaflet on Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene.

Kind regards

Miriam

 

 

Dr Miriam Owens, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH,MFPHMI,FFPHMI

Public Health Specialist

Department of Public Health

Dr Steevens’ Hospital Dublin D08 W2A8

Handwashing Advice

At this sensitive time where potential for mis-information and speculation exists, it is important that we take our guidance and instruction from relevant and qualified personnel, in this case the Public Health Section of the HSE.

As is always the case, it is entirely the prerogative of parents and members to decide whether or not to attend official Club activities.

Please see attached latest HSE guidelines on Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene. For latest information please see https://www.hpsc.ie/

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