Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Club Notes - 13th May

“May you live in interesting times” goes the saying. Well Spring is spent and there hasn’t been a sliotar pucked or football kicked in anger. If not quite interesting, we are certainly living through times that are unprecedented in any of our lifetimes.
Championships at all grades should now be in full swing, the field should be a hive of activity 7 days a week and debates and conversations around team selections, great performances and controversial decisions should be filling the streets of the village. Instead we find ourselves in a continued state of stasis.
This will pass and when it does, we will pick up where we left off. Until then however it is vital, we continue to adhere to the published guidelines to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable in our community.
As of now the official guidance is that we can expect a resumption of games on the 20th July. We will plan towards this date and ensure we have everything in place to safeguard the health and safety of our payers and mentors when the time comes.
Until then please take care of yourselves, minding both your physical and mental health and continue to look out and care for those around you.

Recent Activity
Whilst club activity has been severely curtailed it certainly hasn’t ground to a complete halt. All over the country it has been a thoroughly uplifting experience to see the response of members of the community to this time of adversity. And so, it is with our own members. Over the course of the past 2 months we have seen fundraising initiatives to benefit various charities and local causes. Amongst these were our quiz night where proceeds were shared with Dungarvan Community Hospital, the response to which was overwhelming (literally to the website) and the joint Doitfodan effort with our good friends across the bridge.

Aside from this, members are still very active throughout the parish helping out where needed and available to provide assistance to any who may need it. And just a reminder the list of club volunteers is available on our Facebook page.

One positive aspect of the shutdown has been it has afforded us the opportunity to perform some badly needed remedial work on the club pitches. Given the sheer volume of teams and players it is natural there will be a large amount of wear and tear. But with the work put in over the past few weeks our teams will have a surface unrivalled awaiting them when we get back to action.

  Reeling In The Years
Hopefully you were able to tune into the 1st of our Reeling in the Years evenings last Saturday when we had a rerun of the victorious 2007 Senior Football Final versus Ardmore. This coming Saturday all roads lead to famed Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney where Kerry representatives Kilcummin lie in wait. Please tune in to our YouTube channel at 8pm to relive one of the greatest days in the clubs history.

Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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