Club notes for week commencing 1st June 2020   01/06/2020

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, 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 Callinitiativeis being coordinated through Westmeath CountyCouncil. The Downs GAA Super Valu and Centra have signed up to this initiativeTo 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.


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 unauthorizedactivity 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

Our first draw in our reactivated our weekly lotto took place on Monday May 25th and was streamed live on our Facebook page. We will continue to stream live for the foreseeable future so tune at 9-30 on each Monday night to catch the live.

Results for Monday 1st June 2020 jackpot €3,000

Numbers drawn 5, 7, 11, 16

No match 4 jackpot winner

2 x €100 lucky dip winners: Eva Hegarty and Bernadette Whelehan.

Next week's draw with a jackpot of €3200 will be at 930pm on Monday 1st June live on Facebook.

Play online by 6pm on day of draw.  


Those who now wish to play our lotto can do so by any one of the following methods;

1.    Play online at our website www.thedownsgaa.com

2.    Play on the App ClubZap The Downs GAA.

3.    Contact your regular lotto collector for your area or any Committee member who will enter your numbers on to our “Perma Book” which is retained at the club.

4.    Send a cheque for €100 to club secretary Tommy Kelly, Coralstown, Mullingar (one year’s subscription).

The Club wishes to thank our supporters for their loyal commitment to our Lottoand to those new players who have recently signed up online and in hard copy.  


Ag Féachaint Siar– 1985Comortas Na mBun Scoll Winners

This group of young mentook on Ballymore in the Comortas Na mBun Scoll final in Cusack Park in June 1985. After coming through the qualifing rounds with relative ease where they defeated Caurraghmore, Taughmon, Loughegar and Milltownpass Ballymore now stood between them and victory a victory which looked highly improbable at half time when The Downs trailed Ballymore on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-1. The second half saw a Lazarus like performance from The Downs where they took the game to Ballymore and added 3-7 to their tally whilst holding Ballymore scoreless. Some positional switches by The Downs at half time seemed to work the oracle, most notable the moving of Kieran Conneely from goals to midfield and a man of the match performance by Joe Corroon who scored 3-2 from play in the second half, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!




 

Club Developments

Prior to the outbreak of Covid19 we spoke of our plans to develop our Juvenile pitch to top class playing surface, extend our Walkway and construct a covered viewing terrace. Work was completed on our Terrace just prior to the outbreak of Covid 19. 

Since the easing of the Covid restrictions a couple of weeks ago, phase two of our development work as recommenced and great progress is being made on the new pitch and walkway (see photo).

 

Sympathy

The Downs GAA club wishes to extend sincere sympathies to the family, relatives and friends of the late Mary Flynn, Drummond, Cloughan. Jim Lynagh, Lucan/Kilbeggan


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. 

You will now, 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

Suspended until further notice


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.


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.