April 2021 Newsletter

Passage West GAA Club – April Newsletter

Dear Players, Parents and Guardians
Welcome back to the 2021 Juvenile GAA season. It has been another tough start to the year for all us but the outlook is improving and we are really looking forward to getting back out on the pitches with all our Juvenile teams back training outdoors from April 26th.

While it is great to be finally get back training, we still need to remain vigilant and follow all the associated guidelines to ensure a safe return. The following are the main guidelines that will be in place for the current level of Covid restrictions which are in line with GAA protocols

All coaches & guardians/players must complete the GAA Online Covid Awareness Course if you have not completed it in the last 12 months. Covid-19 Club Education eLearning Module (April 2021) – Overview (gaa.ie)
All coaches & guardians/parents must complete the GAA Online Health Questionnaire for each child playing Login | Foireann (gaaservers.net). This form must be completed only once. In advance of each training session you can reconfirm on the system
A one way system will be in operation at the site grounds. Cars should enter using the boreen & exit at the large gates to Maulbawn
It is recommended that coaches & players pre sanitize their hands prior to training. Sanitiser will also be available at the club grounds.
You then head to your designated playing area. Balls/sliotars/cones will be sanitised before & after each session by the coaching staff.
Each player to bring his/her own water bottle (with their name) & sanitiser for use during a session if possible
Training will be initially non- contact in pods of 15 pending receipt of further guidance from the GAA

Thanks in advance for all your support in the coming season

As our club starts to re-open again, starting with the Juvenile members of our club going back to training from the 26th April, we have now opened our membership portal – To pay for your or your childs membership, please follow the link below:

Our lotto jackpot this week has gone up to €1,800! Do you know that there are 3 different ways that you can support our club and get your lotto ticket each week?

Did you know that there are three ways you can get your lotto tickets for the Passage West GAA club lotto jackpot?

You can buy a ticket online through Clubforce by clicking on the following the link and following the instructions: CLICK HERE FOR LOTTO

Our physical lotto boxes allow you to fill out your details, pick your numbers and put the required amount into an envelope. Our lotto boxes are situated by Crush Coffee and the Passage West Post Office!

Direct Debit – Direct Debit a hassle-free way of signing up to our lotto – simply fill out your form and put it into one of our lotto boxes or give it to any committee member. The forms are also available at the front of our lotto stands in the Passage West Post Office and Crush Coffee.

Our Let’s Run as One 2021 Campaign took place over the weekend and it was amazing to see so many of our members taking part for three very worthy causes. In total, €1,920 was raised and will be divided between PACE Passage West, Alone Ireland and Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club.

Well done to all who took part and if you want to see all the pictures from the weekend, we have an album on Facebook and an Instagram highlight dedicated to the fundraiser!

New Passage West GAA Club President

Tom Lester Snr recently assumed the role of Honourary Club President of Passage West GAA club. As a club we are delighted for Tom, his wife Helen & all the Lester family. A Passage clubman to his core, Tom played his first match for the club in 1952, the year the main pitch was opened.

Tom Lester Snr – Honourary Club President, Eoin Barry – Senior Committee Chairperson, Kieran Harrington – Senior Committee Vice President and Dave Maxwell – Senior Committee Treasurer. Pic Megan Farr

Tom was the captain of the victorious 1960 Cork County Intermediate hurling winning side & has served in many roles on various Senior & Juvenile Committees over the years. Tom trained a number of underage teams over the years & was also co-editor of “Glor an Pasaiste” on a few occasions. We wish Tom all the very best in his role over the next 2 years.

Featured in the photograph are: Tom Lester Snr – Honourary Club President, Eoin Barry – Senior Committee Chairperson, Kieran Harrington – Senior Committee Vice President and Dave Maxwell – Senior Committee Treasurer.

March 2021 Newsletter

Passage West GAA Club – March Newsletter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Passage West GAA Club are delighted to be working on a new website for the club. Our club PRO’s are currently working on obtaining a new website domain to host our new website. Stay tuned for more updates about website development.

As many of our members have heard already, we have been working hard over the last few weeks to launch our new, 4 number lotto draw. We are delighted to announce that we have made the switch on the 7th of March and are very thankful to all that have supported our lotto over the last couple of years. The lotto is our primary source of income at the moment due to the current pandemic, and every ticket contribution each week ensures that the gates of our club stay open to all in our local community. Your contribution is helping us build a better Passage West GAA Club for all of our members, and over the last couple of years, we have been able to fund some amazing projects such as the addition of our astro-turf pitch, and much needed updates to our grounds and clubhouse due to your generosity.

However, only 30% of our members actually support our lotto. If you are a member of our club, we would be grateful if you could help support our lotto. Your €2 lotto ticket will go a long way at Passage West GAA Club and will be re-invested into improving our club facilities and making our club a better place for our members, from our newest recruits in the Pasáiste Og section all the way up to the senior members in our club.

To make it easier for members to support our lotto, we have got an online portal in which you can buy your tickets through the following link https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=2811#Anchor. We also have two physical lotto stands in Passage West Post Office and Brendan’s Butchers. On our stand, there are envelopes in which you can write in your details for the lotto, and your 4 lotto numbers. We also have Direct Debit forms on both of these stands if you wish to sign up to our lotto through a monthly payment that is taken from your bank account.

The Irish Life Every Step Counts challenge drew to a close on the 3rd of March and we finished on a fantastic total of 29,968.8 km, and 11th place in Munster – we were delighted with the result and would like to thank all participants from the different sections of our club and wider community for joining us in such a great challenge!

Due to the popularity of participants in the MyLife challenge, we decided to do a draw for 5 participants to win some club merchandise to give back to all who joined us on this challenge – a big well done to our winners Elaine Morris, Eddy Higgins, Norman White, Laura Finlay and Lauren Hickey!

Following the success of last year’s Let’s Run As One fundraiser where, thanks to the generosity of our club members and the wider community, we raised more than €3,000 for Pieta House and Heroes Aid; we have decided to run it again this April 9th, 10th and 11th. The charities we have selected are ALONE, Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club and PACE Passage West. To help in raising funds for these 3 worthy causes we are asking you to walk, run or cycle 5km (while maintaining social distancing and adhering to government guidelines) and make a donation to our GoFundMe page which will be made available soon. Please send on any photos or videos to our social media page or tag us. Wear you club colours and get the whole family involved, pets included! All donations are very much appreciated.

After a lengthy information gathering process we are delighted to announce that our main pitch will undergo major improvement works, starting in June 2021, and costing in excess of €110,000. This work will be carried out by HSD.

We took our time on this very important project in considering what the best option is for the pitch. Some of the work to be carried out will include a new drainage system, levelling of the pitch, the placing of a sand carpet into the pitch, and a new grass surface.

Due to popular demand, George Durrant of Resolution is holding another 5 weeks of the Weekly Zoom HIIT sessions for women – thanks George!

The Lidl Level the Playing Field initiative has been running since the Monday 15th February! Help us to hit as many targets as possible; each club that achieves a minimum of 50 completed digital stamp cards is guaranteed a reward, starting from a set of Lidl sponsored jerseys up to €5,000 for clubs that collect 500 or more completed stamp cards.

Just download the Lidl Plus app, select Passage West as your club and start collecting stamps each time you spend €30 or more. This initiative runs until April 11th so please support if you can!