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Dear Members


I hope this letter finds you and your family well as things begin to open back up around the country. As you are probably aware, on Friday 5th June the GAA published their Guidelines for Returning to Play GAA as part of Phase 2 of the Governments Roadmap.

In my previous letter we were looking at July 20th for a resumption of activities.  Seeing this being brought forward by 3 weeks to June 29th is a most welcome relief and reward for everyone’s hard work in fighting COVID-19.

However, getting back to playing the games we love will require a little more hard work from everyone and adherence to some new ways of doing things. The GAA guidelines have provided the Club with a very comprehensive set of procedures to implement if we are to begin training again on Monday 29th June.  

The full guidelines are available on the Club Website ( and I would urge you to read them closely and adhere to them, whether you are a Player, Mentor, Parent or Spectator of Gaelic Games.

Over the next couple weeks the Club will be implementing several safeguards as required by the GAA Guidelines and we will need the help and co-operation of everyone to ensure a safe return to training initially and games eventually.

Some of the Key Points from the Guidelines are

  • Each Team will require a COVID 19 Supervisor
  • Training up to July 20th will be non-contact and limited to groups of 10 Players and 2 Coaches
  • All gear and equipment will need to be disinfected after each use
  • Players and Mentors will be required to complete a short on-line COVID Awareness Training Programme (available on from Wed 17th June)
  • Players (or Parents for Juvenile Players) will be required to complete and return a Health Screening Questionnaire to their teams COVID Supervisor before their first training session. They will need to keep a track of their own temperature as well and inform their COVID Supervisor if any of the information changes. How these Questionnaires will be submitted will be communicated closer to the 29th June
  • Players and Juveniles can only travel to and from training in cars with people from their own household
  • Training slot times will be need to be strictly adhered to, with one group leaving before the next group arrives so no early arrivals or loitering afterwards
  • All players will need to have their own individual labelled water bottle

There are several other guidelines that I urge you to familiarise yourself and your family with and as a Club we will strive to make them as clear as possible for you.

While a return to playing is brilliant, the health and safety of our Members and the wider Community remains a key priority. The logistics to scheduling a Club of our size will take major planning and no doubt changes to how we do things which will take a lot of getting used too.

So I would urge all members to take individual responsibility and adhere fully to the guidelines and work with us, and in particular the Covid Supervisor for their team. We would also welcome any help in getting the Club restarted.

I am also aware that many of you will be eagerly waiting on a decision on whether Summer Camps will go ahead as planned in August. At the moment, we are focusing on restarting the Club Teams and The Nursery. However, we will be engaging with the GAA on areas such as Capacity, Health and Safety and Scheduling of Camps over the next few weeks and hope to have a final decision made on the matter in early July. 

Before we go back to focusing our efforts to playing, I would like to thank all of our members and the general public who supported our Community Support Work over the last 3 months. The difference that you have made in the Community cannot be understated.

Yours in Sport


Stephen McGinn

On behalf of The Executive of Clontarf GAA Club

15th June 2020

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