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In what are becoming increasingly difficult and challenging times for many, Tipperary Co. Board, like all clubs and county boards await further advice from Croke Park, who too are at a loss, to foresee a solution for a resumption of activity within the current crisis. Tipperary County Board would therefore like to take this opportunity to update our members and clubs on a few areas arising from the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The county C.C.C have agreed to extend the date for commencement of games, training and all field and off field related activities from the 29th of March up to and including the 26th of April. The CCC will keep in touch and act on further advice that will come from the HSE, Government and Croke Park. Getting our championships and leagues finalised in their present format will probably prove problematic, if not indeed impossible, as time moves on, but the protection of all the people who play and attend our games is of paramount importance and must come before on field activities.
COACHING & GAMES DEVELOPMENT
Tipperary Co. GAA Board will respect the wishes and follow the guidance from the National Games Development Executive Operations Committee where they said "there was a strong commitment from Croke Park and Munster GAA to our staff and a genuine recognition of their efforts (often above the call of duty) on behalf of the Association down through the year’s. This is reflected in a strong desire that not alone will our Games Development personnel continue to remain in work for the foreseeable future but that their efforts will be of tremendous benefit to our grassroots members in these unprecedented and challenging times. Games Development staff will be provided with a full schedule of work on a weekly basis. This will reflect National, Provincial and County requirements. The schedule of work for the coming three weeks has been agreed with the County Games Managers". Further to this Tipperary Co. Board wish to confirm the cancellation of all Easter Camps which were scheduled to operate from April 7th-16th and also, all Academy and Development Squad activity has been deferred until further notice.
TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW
The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw due to commence Friday May 8th will be deferred three weeks to Friday May 29th. This date will be reviewed again subject to national directives on dates for a resumption of games activity. Lár na Pairce office personnel will continue to prepare the New Draw material and individual clubs will be contacted when their pack is ready for collection or delivery. Final receipts for the 2019/20 Draw will not be posted out until the date for the new draw is confirmed.
Clubs are advised to continue registering all their members before April 1st (next Wednesday) even though they may not have the opportunity to collect the membership fee. As the registration fee is only €2 per member it is best err on the side of caution and avoid any difficulties later.
PUBLIC LIABILITY / PROPERTY INSURANCE
Over the next few weeks Tipperary Co. Board will be sending out invoices for 2020 P&L/Property Insurance premiums. Most clubs can budget for a similar figure to 2019 unless any new developments have altered their premium. We will be in touch with those relevant clubs.
A few clubs have looked for clarification on weekly local lotto draws etc. Some have a high percentage of on-line sales which involves no physical contact so we feel it's entirely a club executive decision but they must be conscious of the restrictions involved in the interest of personal and public safety.
Semple Stadium has been offered by Tipperary Co. Board as a drive through test centre and was viewed by an official from the HSE on Wednesday last. That official has confirmed they do not require Semple Stadium now but may in the near future.
The Officers of Coiste Chontae Thiobráid Árann ask all our supporters, families and friends to look out for each other at this time, especially the most vulnerable in our society and to please adhere to all the guidelines from the HSE and local authorities. We want everyone to remain healthy and support one another to that end.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Clubs throughout the county are involved in Covid 19 volunteering and it is important to say well done keep it going, it is over the next few weeks your help will prove invaluable and greatly appreciated.
Social isolation can cause major loneliness while it is great to know groceries and medicines can be delivered to your door it’s the physical contact that people really miss. Men’s Sheds are encouraging members to adopt a buddy and phone or where possible Skype or Facetime for a chat to help pass the time.
For people going through recovery from addiction these can be very worrying times for them and their relatives. Substance abuse can lead to an addiction or relapse for those in recovery. If you know someone who may be feeling stress, make a call reach out ask how they are doing acknowledge how difficult times are let them know you are available to listen and chat.
We are all worried about Covid 19. Try to remember scientific and health experts throughout the world are working hard trying to contain the virus. It is important to stay informed; however for our mental health we need to set limits on the amount of time spent watching news and social media. Remember only rely on trusted information sources such as the HSE (check hse.ie).
When out and about remember a wave and a friendly smile while keeping social distance will make you and someone else feel good.
SAMARITANS are the GAA’s national mental health partners and they can be contacted at any time for a chat on 116123
TIPPERARY CLUBS - COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As clubs across Tipperary continue to offer tremendous assistance in their own locality, the following are examples of what is being done, one from the north of the county and the other from the south.
Ballina GAA club have set up a community group withover over 100 volunteers now, and are setting themselves up to be able to support their community over the coming weeks/ months.
The group is associated with the local GPs, chemists, Parish Priest, Family Resource Centre, Tipperary Volunteer Services (PPN), Killaloe Garda Station and the Irish Red Cross response team. It has also received Garda vetting through Tipp Volunteer Services. Anyone can contact the two numbers on the flyer the club produced or go through the other services listed above and are already getting requests through the Garda station and direct. They were also invited to with morning programmes on Tipp FM and Clare FM, which they did.
Here is how the group is operating:
1. Someone will contact the two numbers on the poster
2. Those receiving the call will post a request into the community WhatsApp group and see who's available
3. People to respond within this WhatsApp to say that they are available
4. The instructions will then be delivered **privately** to ensure privacy and respect GDPR
5. Anyone going to do any deliveries will then deliver to the door, as per HSE guidelines... both to protect the person they are delivering to or oneself
6. Any deliveries will remain anonymous and will not be discussed publicly
In the south of the county, Carrick Swan GAA Club would also like to do their bit for the most vulnerable members of their community during the Covid-19 crisis. If anyone requires assistance please contact any of the numbers on the clubs social media pages where they have a team of volunteers ready to help. Your request will be treated in the strictest confidence #you have helped us now let us help you. For those not on social media, the contact numbers are as follows - 087 2510653; 086 4002212; 087 9724067; 086 3739469; 086 3657657; 086 2497294; 086 1603877; 086 1987010; 086 1073205; 087 7735967; 083 4420833 and 086 3714488.