Update 22-03-2020

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As we begin week 2 of GAA inactivity. A reminder that all GAA training, matches and competitions are cancelled until further notice. Organised training sessions are not to happen in any format, social interaction must not happen until we come to terms with living with this crisis.

Do not be the mentor that goes for a kick about with 5-6 players. Do not allow your child to join their friends on a field. It is not ok. If you hear of anyone going, discourage it. Stigmatize it. Make it NOT happen. Its not a lot to ask for a short few weeks until we get past the critical phase of where we are. If you have individual plans, work on them. Go for a run and practice safe distancing protocols. 2 meters distance is about 3 arm lengths. Kick a ball or pick up the hurley for a puck about with a person from the same household as you, practice your skills with them instead of friends.

Do your part to make sure the GAA community does all it can to get us back to normal. It requires everyone to do everything possible to stop the spread.

Latest updates on COVID19

Get information from trusted sources.

The Irish HSE pages has updates nearly daily on symptoms

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

You can get current facts from World Health Organisation directly in whatsapp.

https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-health-alert-brings-covid-19-facts-to-billions-via-whatsapp

Send the word hi to +41 79 89 31 892 on WhatsApp and youll get a menu where you can find out more information.

Our Town

Some restaraunts are doing takeaway meals, not all are shut. Check your favorite restaraunts facebook page.

Supervalu. Tesco and Hugh Maguire butchers are doing free home deliveries. If you find the wait times for online delivery from shops is too long and you're self isolating, we have some help at hand. Our volunteer group will deliver to your house IF you need. Over 100 supervalu deliveries went out yesterday from our club volunteers, many to people who have to self isolate and would be waiting otherwise.

If you need to avail of this service (or indeed know someone who needs help of any kind), contact our volunteer group and we'll be on it. Details below, all contact is confidential. If you'd like to volunteer please contact Caroline Butler. As the days and weeks go by the longer the list, the more people we can help in the community.

GAA writing competition

https://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-writing-competition/?fbclid=IwAR21O6h5iWTT-Au0JH4esiVxt6xoFOY1hjUnPZMZMVXOBfYChS4YIKRA3Ks

Calling all young players who also love writing!

We're looking for essays on what our players love most about their club; tell us what the club means to you, what it means for your community, maybe tell a great story from its history and tell us what you look forward to doing when the time eventually comes to play and train again.

Essays of roughly 500-1,000 words max can be sent to clubnewsletter@gaa.ie by Monday 23 March and we'll run a selection of our favourites in the March edition of the newsletter. Top stories will win a GAA goody bag!

What can I do apart from watching endless hours of TV?

Here are some suggestions for activities that are not watching TV:

1) Use Facetime, Google Duo or Skype to meet friends for a chat using video and if you want to meet a whole gang of people, use Zoom (45 minute meetings are free...and you can reconnect after 45 minutes).

2) Take part in the Create don't Contaminate challenge on RTE2's Instagram Page at https://www.instagram.com/rte2/

3) Learn something new. You can do that on YouTube or by reading books or you can buy really good online courses about nearly any subject on Udemy: https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=/WFVYmx8raQ&offerid=507388.9273&subid=0&type=4

4) Read ferociously you can buy eBooks on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/?&tag=dubeveguiforf-21 or printed books also on Amazon or (free of postage!) on Book Depository here http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg

5) Do some sports, you can even do Bodyweight exercises at home with NO equipment. The app Home Workout on Android and on iOS is a good starting point.

6) Listen to radio stations from all over the world on a fascinating website at Radio Garden http://radio.garden/listen

7) Also check out the suggestions in this article https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2020/0317/1123762-25-things-to-do-at-home-while-social-distancing/

These two apps are also recommended to stay calm and positive https://www.calm.com/ and https://my.happify.com/

8) There are many online events on facebook

9) Websites to keep kids busy

https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2020/0318/1123956-12-websites-to-keep-kids-busy-informed-entertained/

10) Popup movies.

There is a (not free!!) way of watching a movie while Social Distancing: In a Drive In cinema you stay in your own car and there will be a few film screenings this weekend at Junction 6 in Castleknock: https://www.facebook.com/PopUpMovies.ie

Any other suggestions, email in to pro.donaghmoreashbourne.meath@gaa.ie and we'll include in a list that we'll keep updated.

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