Covid 19 Safety Reminder - Pitches and Facilities

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In the interest of the Health and Safety of all our members and the community, we would like to remind you that Celbridge GAA Club Grounds Remain Closed for all activities - there are no exceptions . This is in line with government and association guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

We look forward to seeing you all when it is safe to do so .
In the meantime - safe safe - stay home.

Mick Sammon & the events of Bloody Sunday

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We met with Club President Pat Murphy to talk about Mick Sammon & the events of Bloody Sunday. Pat is a wealth of information and greatly helped us with the below article.

Celbridge GAA will honour the 14 victims of Bloody Sunday by lighting 14 candles tonight, 21-November-2020

Kildare footballer and 1919 All-Ireland Football Winner Mick Sammon was the referee for the match between Tipperary and Dublin during which the tragic events known as Bloody Sunday took place in Croke Park.
As referee, Mick Sammon threw in the ball at 3.15pm on that faithful day, little did he know what would unfold. Accounts given by eyewitnesses suggest that 5 minutes after the throw-in, Croke Park was raided by British soldiers with shooting breaking out almost immediately. The rest as they say, is history.

Of much interest to both Celbridge & Clane residents, is that Mick Sammon was born in Loughbollard Commons, Clane in 1892. he got involved with the movement for independence and became a prominent Gaelic footballer, winning an All-Ireland medal at midfield with Kildare in the 1919 All-Ireland Final against Galway.

The dreadful events of that tragic day took place under the eyes of Mick Sammon who was refereeing that fateful game. Moments before the shooting started Mick had been talking to Michael Hogan the Tipperary captain. When the firing commenced Hogan was killed and Mick Sammon crawled to the sideline and thence to safety.
After some years working in Dublin, Mick Sammon, moved to and bought a business in Celbridge. This was then known as the “Railway Inn”, beside the bridge in Celbridge. The public house later became known as “Greg Allen’s” and it is now called “McNamee’s Abbey Lodge”.

Mick went on to play with Celbridge for many years along with Owen Murphy who was the father of our Club President Pat Murphy. They also played on the Kildare teams of the early 1920s. They were lifelong friends and Pat Murphy has a lovely clock that was given to his Dad by Mick as a wedding present in 1938.

He was an idol of Pat when he was young as he was an All-Ireland medal winner.

Two other Celbridge men Albert O’Neill and George McGann were also in the 1919 team.

He settled in at the pub he bought but rarely spoke of the events of Bloody Sunday.

He was married with 2 daughters and his grandson Barry Brogan went on to be a champion jockey in England in the 1970s also winning a Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The whistle used by Mick on that fateful day is now on display in the GAA Museum having been donated to the Museum by Mathew Farrell late of Loughinstown Celbridge. The whistle was originally given by Mick to John Dunphy another great Celbridge GAA man before being given to Mathew. Attached is a photo of the whistle from GAA Museum.

The GAA Museum includes exhibits relating to Bloody Sunday including an original Tipperary v Dublin match ticket on November 21 and replica jerseys worn in the 'Michael Collins' film.
He died in 1947 and is buried in the graveyard of the old Franciscan Friary in Clane.

References & further reading.

Pat Murphy, Celbridge GAA Club President
Liffey Champion Article on Saturday 14-November, by Eoghan Corry.


2021 new vetting procedures

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A Chairde,
From January 2021 new vetting procedures will apply to all volunteers in the Gaa. The lifespan of a valid Garda Vetting application will be reduced from 5 years to 3 years in accordance with guidelines nationally.
Any member of our Associations vetted by us prior to 1st January 2019 must apply to be re-vetted as and from 1st January 2021.
A period of six months from 1/1/21 will be allowed for the process of re-vetting to be completed, after which those without a valid vetting will not be permitted to participate in any activity of the Gaa involving young persons.
Vetting is pursued via the Gaa evetting procedure. Club Children Officers should be available to assist all members in this process. I’ve included the link to evetting form below.
It is advisable that all clubs and members of the Gaa take action on this change to vetting procedures at an early stage. Adhering to Garda vetting protocols is a legal requirement and must be strictly adhered to.
Thank You
Celbridge GAA Club Children's Officer including boys Football;
Sinéad Treacy 086 0454188
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Ladies Gaelic Football:
Leah Earley 087 3183007
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Fiona Lannigan 087 9872664
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Garda Vetting Officer & Children's Officer Hurling & Rounders:
Niamh O'Donovan 086 3717559
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Designated Liaison Person, DLP
Ian Power 087 650 1725
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Covid Update.. 5ú Deireadh Fómhair 2020

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From: GAA Communications
Sent: 05 October 2020 13:13
Subject: Covid Update.. 5ú Deireadh Fómhair 2020

The GAA’s Management Committee has today endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games ​at all levels with immediate effect ​and until further notice.

The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days. ​In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic.

This directive applies to all ages and all grades across the island.

Club Social Centres / bars are also to close.

​Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with Covid 19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties.

The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the ​coming days and weeks, regarding changes in government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly.

The Association would also like to acknowledge all of those units who have worked diligently in complying with the public health advice around the staging of our games and training sessions since activity resumed.

More than ever, we ask that you continue with this approach where training sessions for your players is continuing.

Seán Ó hÓráin Tomás Ó Riain
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