Club notes for week commencing 20th April 2020   20/04/2020

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  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

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.


Important Notice 

Our facilities remain in lockdown during this pandemic and consequently no playing activity or gathering of any description is permitted on club grounds. Access, under strict conditions, is only allowed for essential maintenance and upkeep 

Any unauthorized activity of gatherings on club grounds will be reported to the relevant authorities

We ask everyone to respect the current restrictions and do their bit to protect our community.


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 - 2002

Eighteen years ago The Downs Ladies affiliated an adult ladies team for the first time and participated in the junior football championship that year (see photo below). In their relatively short history the club has annexed three JFC titles and one IFC title along with three JFL titles. At underage level they have won a total fifteen championship at U/12, U/14 and U/16 grades.

This was an enlightened move at the time and since then the ladies club has gone from strength to strength and now has teams affiliated at all grades from under ten to senior level. Great credit must go to the founding committee (listed below) for their foresight and dedication and for placing The Downs LGFC on a sound footing.

Founding Committee 2002

Chairperson, Linda Murtagh, Vice Chairperson.  Linda Smullen Secretary, Deirdre Corroon Ass.Secretary, Rita Monaghan, Treasurer, Bernie Corroon, Ass. Treasurer. Marie Crowley


Marie Haddigan Moira Bardon Ann Shanley Imelda Duffy, Catriona Brennan

Team Trainers; Johnny Murray, Sean Conneely.

The Downs LGFC Inaugural Adult Team 2002

Shout Out

Well done to the Downs Ladies and Men’s adult teams for organizing a fundraiser for baby Dan. Each player completed an individual 5K on Sunday last in compliance with HSE guidelines. Donations to this worthy cause can be made via the #doitfordan campaign at their Facebook page.


Fundraiser for Frontline staff at the Midlands Regional Hospital

Kevin McGuire is undertaking a ‘Dawn till Dusk’ cycle-thon within a 2K circuit of his home on Saturday next 25th of April. Donations for this local cause can be made via the gofundme link at


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.



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


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

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


Keep Fit Classes for Ladies and Gents

Suspended until further notice.


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 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.