Club notes for week commencing 13th April 2020   13/04/2020

Covid -19 Virus

In line with the most recent measures announced by Government, The HSE and Croke Park the club has ceased all activity in relation to Training, Bingo, Lotto, Walkway or any type of gatherings. We ask all club members and people in our community to, STAY AWAY, STAY AT HOME, and STAY SAFE

 

The Community Call

The Community Call initiative is being coordinated through Westmeath County Council. The Downs GAA Super Valu and Centra have signed up to this initiative To Help The Community. This is a great opportunity to reach out to the elderly and those living alone in our community and help in a practical way with the basic requirements of shopping, fuel, distance conversation etc. Anyone who needs assistance should contact Westmeath County Council on 1800 805 816 or covidsupporty@westmeathcoco.ie  The Council will then contact the club who will, through its volunteers, carry out the necessary duties. Thanks to all those who have contacted the club to volunteer their services for this initative 

The club is currently assisting two households who are restricted with cocooning. Volunteers are also keeping in contact with the elderly ensuring that they safe secure. Well done to all. Aiden McGuire will coordinate the club volunteers as required. Aiden’s number is 086 2532327. Further details are available on the club website www.thedownsgaa.com

This initiative will augment the clubs current endeavors of keeping an eye out for the elderly and those living alone in our community If anyone in our community needs additional  assistance during this health crisis please contact Tommy Kelly, club secretary on 087 2949714 or any member of the committee. Queries/requests will be treated in strict confidence.

 

Club Lotto 

Due to the Covid – 19 restrictions our Lotto is suspended until further notice.

Those of you who have bought tickets for the now postponed draw, which was due to take place on the 30/03/20, will be included in our next draw, as soon as we are allowed to recommence. The Downs GAA Club wish to thank our supporters for their loyal commitment to our Lotto up to this point in time in what are very trying circumstances.


Ag Féachain Siar -

This week we have a challenge for our readers? This photograph was taken sometime in the late 1980’s  and includes many if not all of the pupils of The Downs national school? The photograph was taken at ‘The Downs Hall’ which was located close to the Killucan roundabout

Can anyone name all the children? What was the occasion? Answers can be e mailed to Aiden McGuire at mcguireaidenj@gmail.com




 

Shine your Light

On Saturday night last in conjunction with the Shine Your Light initiative, the club grounds were lit up at 9pm (see photo below) as a symbol of hope and solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to the Coronavirus, people who are sick with Covid-19, emergency/frontline workers who are making valiant efforts to tackle the pandemic, as well as those who are feeling isolated.

Well done to all those in the community who lit up their windows in support. 





Changes to our Club messaging service

The club has made changes to its messaging service. The Teamer messaging system that you have been familiar with has been discontinued.

From this point onward you will only be able receive club messages via a new APP called ‘ClubZap’. You will need a smartphone to access this App Go to the App Store download the App and follow the simple instructions to register.


Bingo

As outlined above, bingo has been suspended.


Underage Registration/Coaching

As outlined above coaching and play has been suspended.

You can still register online at www.thedownsgaa.com.


Club Shop

Our club shop will remains closed until further notice


Membership 2020

Membership can be purchased via anyone of our Committee or online at www.thedownsgaa.com.

We encourage people to use online where possible during the health crisis


Keep Fit Classes for Ladies and Gents

Suspended until further notice.


Sympathy

The Downs GAA club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to the family relatives and friends of Caroline Maunsell, Woodlands, Mullingar.


Keep up to date with club activities

There are lots of ways to keep up to date with our activities. Our award-winning website can be viewed at www.thedownsgaa.com where you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter by email. Also check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  See details of our new messaging App above.