Your Club Update
July 8, 2020
Champo is just around the corner..already
We're only just getting to grips with processes and procedures around training, and we're straight back to it. In a couple of short weeks we'll be into championships for adults. Yes, folks you'll have something to go and watch. But bear in mind, social distancing, and any other government/GAA guidelines will remain in place.
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Advice for Supporters
If you are planning on attending a game, we'd ask you to consider current government advice. Please bear in mind that many of our loyal supporters themselves are elderly; Simple precautions are in the interests of everyone.
Current health measures (from the government) state:
"Mass gatherings should be organised in advance and follow public health advice for COVID-19, including advice on physical distancing.
Gatherings should be of no more than 50 people indoors or 200 people outdoors."
It also suggests the use of face coverings in some circumstances:
"wear a face covering in situations where physical distancing is not possible, for example shops and busy public transport, or if you are meeting someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example people who are extremely medically vulnerable and people over 70 years. Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others"
Our advice if you're coming to watch a game:
1. Travel with people from your household only.
2. Make sure you practise social distancing while at the game.
3. This may be your first time seeing some familiar faces in a while, but resist the urge to shake hands, high-five or hug.
4. Consider a face mask for the sake of others.
So, about those championship games
Senior Hurling Championship gets underway in just 10 days. Our lads face Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh in round 1. Its on Saturday 18th July at 6:30pm on PNU1. I hope to see you there (well, 200 of you in any way).
Exactly 1 week later, on Saturday 25th at 6:30 pm, our footballers contest round 1 of the championship versus Whitehall Colmcille in their ground on Collins Ave. A local derby beckons, and sure that's practically at home too. 
Mini Legues for Girls Return
More good news! Mini Leagues for girls returns this weekend. Starting back Saturday 11th July at 10:30 am. Normally Mini-Leagues takes a break for summer, but with the hiatus, the mentor team beind the girls mini-leagues are bringing it back this Saturday.
As with the rest of the club, this will occur under "Safe Return to Play" Guidelines. 
Parents: We're delighted to have your daughter back this weekend; prior to return:
  • Please ensure you have taken the online training at
  • When you complete the course, take a screen shot or download your certificate of completion. You may be asked by the Covid supervisor for Mini-Leagues to provide evidence that you have completed the course.
  • Sign up to the return to play system at sure you choose "St Vincents GAA" as your club.
  • Make a declaration on your child's current health (for team, choose "U7 Camogie")
  • For all subsequent training sessions, please re-declare on the day of training.
  • Be aware that attendance records will be kept to help with contact tracing should that be required.
  • Bring hand sanitiser and sanitise your childs hands before and after training.
  • During training avoid close contact with other parents - please observe social distancing.
We relise that this is not the training we're all used to. The other age groups have found their way quickly with these processes, as we are sure you will too. Rest assured that the same emphasis will be placed on ensuring your daughter has a fun time, and the club are taking our responsibilites very seriously.
For those mini-league parents who are wondering "When are the boys back?". Watch this space. I hope to have news of this soon too.
Skills Sessions for Boys And Girls in August
With the lifting of restrictions, our juvenile section have put together a programme of skill sessions during the first two weeks in August:
  • The sessions are broken into 4 age groups:
    • U8, U9, U10/11, and U12/13.
  • There are 4 sessions for each age group held over 2 weeks.
  • Each session is 90 minutes long
  • Sessions can be attended individually (€6 per session) or you can book all 4 sessions for €20
​Full details, including schedule and onling booking here
Please note:
  • These sessions are subject to any government restriction. In the event of cancellation, a full refund will be given.
  • Full "Safe Return to Play" procedures, if still in place will be adhered to
  • All equipment used will be sanitised before and after each session.
Lotto Draw, 06 July 2020.
Lotto Jackpot was €2,800. Numbers drawn were
4, 2, 13, 19
There was no Jackpot winner. Weekly winner was John Timon. Next week's lotto jackpot is €2,800
You can now play online with a quick online payment of a debit or credit card here. Thanks to all those who picked up a new subscription.
This week's matches
I'll be bringing back "This weeks' matches" real soon. I know there's the odd friendly happening as mentors want to get a look at how their team are shaping up, but generally, we tend to concentrate on competion games.  This will have information from next week on.
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And finally..
It was a quiet week this week; the poor weather kept me away from the club, so no chance to catch some banter. I went further afield and in my search came across a special edition of AIG's "Dub Club Chronicles". A tribute to the late Dave Billings, I can't believe I didn't see this before. I know many will find this emotional; It's wonderful. Watch it here
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