Teachtaireacht ó Chathaoirleach Choiste Náisiúnta Scór, Aodán Ó Braonáin

By Jamie O Tuama

Ag an am seo den bhliain ba cheart go mbeadh ‘fáiltiú’ á scríobh agam roimh mhuintir Scór chuig Babhtaí Ceannais Scór Sinsir na hÉireann san INEC i gCill Airne. Is mór an trua nach féidir linn dul ar aghaidh leis na comórtaisí, go háirithe dóibh siúd atá tar éis Craobh an Chondae a bhuachaint. Caithimid cloí le comhairle an Rialtais agus, sa deireadh thiar thall, caithfidh muid tús áite a thabhairt do shláinte agus fholláine an phobail.

The cancellation of our Scór Sinsir All-Ireland Finals due to be held in the INEC Killarney is a grave disappointment to all involved in GAA Scór. For those who have trained hard, won a county title and hoped for All-Ireland glory it is especially difficult. However, the health and safety of our communities and especially our senior citizens, many of whom are among our most loyal supporters, must take precedence.

As we have no indication as to how long the present restrictions will apply it is difficult to plan for the future. Coiste Náisiúnta Scór will be guided by advice from the Ard-Stiurthóir in any decision to resume live competition. It is our current intention to complete the current Scór Sinsir competition before commencing the 2021 renewal.

While our live Scór competitions are in hibernation there is a vibrant and varied Scór programme of activity being run online. “Vitual Scór” affords the opportunity to perform in a multiple of disciplines on Facebook, (GAA Scór Oifigiúl) and the range of performance and creativity on display has been outstanding. County and provincial Scór committees are actively promoting performance and celebrating past performers on social media. A diary of upcoming events can be found on “GAA Scór Oifigiúil” on Facebook.

Many of our Scór participants and followers are involved in the war on Covid 19 as frontline workers in healthcare, social-care, policing and voluntary work across the island of Ireland. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with you all.

Fan sa bhaile, fan sábháilte ach leanaigí ar aghaidh ag canadh, ag casadh ceoil, ag damhsa agus insint scéalta.

Aodán Ó Braonáin (Cathaoirleach, Coiste Náisiúnta Scór)

Sceideal ‘Virtual Scór’ @GAAScór Oifigiúil

25 Aibreán Ceol Clainne’ day on Virtual Scór – 2+ musicians from the same family needed to participate

25 Aibreán Online Tráth na gCeist on Scór Chonnacht’s FB page at 9.00

26 Aibreán ‘GAAgaeilge’ Day on Virtual Scór – amhráin, dánta, aithrisí agus scéalta i nGaeilge amháin

30 Aibreán Craobh Scór na nÓg 2020 on Facebook

2 Bealtaine County Day’ – songs in which counties are mentioned for Virtual Scór

3 Bealtaine ‘Rince Timpeall an Tí’ – dances with 2+ participants from families for Virtual Scór

6 Bealtaine TG4 Highlights from Scór Finals in 2019

The GAA, the LGFA and the Camogie Association are pleased to announce the rollout of a series of online-based live webinar sessions for Club Officers.

The circumstances we now find ourselves in are unprecedented, and with Gaelic Games activity interrupted on the field, this is a unique opportunity for Officers and volunteers involved in our games worldwide to engage with, and increase their knowledge base via the medium of remote learning.

Module: Fostering Wellbeing & Resilience during Covid-19

Audience: Club Officers

Date & Time: April 21st, 7pm

Link: Click Here

Module: Club Strategic Planning

Audience: Club Officers

Date and Time: April 29th, 6pm

Link: Click Here

There is much more to be accessed Here

Following on from previous articles we will be now issuing our communications in a more streamlined and targeted approach to ensure that you are not being overwhelmed with information. Today’s communication is directed specifically for older adults. We have pulled together multiple resources relating to this population group and have put them into one document for you. Please feel free to circulate this document throughout your own networks. It will also be available to view on a new page on our website which can be accessed here; Supporting our members, communities and volunteers during Covid-19

We hope that you all had a lovely Easter. Please find a number of additional supports and resources below that may be of interest to yourselves and your networks;

Just a wee message to let you know that The Lights at Leitrim The Centre Of Excellence at Annaduff will be turned on tonight at 9pm as part of the “Shine Your Light” campaign. We encourage you to join with us by lighting up your home with a Candle or other such lights for all who are sick, all who have lost their lives and the loved ones who are grieving their loss at this very challenging time  – Please be mindful of Fire Safety at all times!

Our Health and Wellbeing is very important and as we approach the long weekend please see below and attached a number of resources that may be beneficial for you to share with your networks;


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Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh uilig go maith agus go bhfuil sibh ag coinneail slán sábháilte san am éiginnte seo. Níl anseo ach ríomhphost gairid le sibh a chur ar an eolas maidir le cúpla togra atá ar bun againn faoi láthair.


Seo chugaibh nasc chuig iris nua Ghaeilge Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Bheinn buíoch díbh dá mbeadh sibh in ann an nasc seo a scaipeadh ar bhaill Bhord an Chontae agus bheadh sé iontach dá mbeadh an tOifigeach Caidrimh Poiblí sásta scéal a chur amach faoi ar mheain shóisialta an Chontae!


Leagan Gaeilge



Leagan Béarla



Chomh maith leis sin, tá ‘Virtual Scór’ ar siúl ar leathanach FB GAA Scór Oifigiúil idir an lá inniu agus an Domhnach seo chugainn. Bheinn buíoch ach an scéal a scaipeadh faoi. Tá nasc chuig an ócáid seo le fáil anseo: https://www.gaa.ie/news/virtual-scor-resumes-virtual-scor-ar-ais-aris/?fbclid=IwAR1VJrp0GDxZYbzs2zkMiAxdQZIocW6OdslsNuTmyj-u2qJTxdV497aMJ48


Coinnigí slán sábhailte agus beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!





I hope you are all keeping safe and well during this uncertain period. I am writing to you to draw your attention to two initiatives we are undertaking at present.


The following is a link to our new online Irish language magazine. I would be very grateful if you could forward this link to the members of the county Board and to your PRO in particular to see if he/she would be happy do publicise it on the county’s social media platforms.


Leagan Gaeilge



Leagan Béarla



Also, ‘Virtual Scór’ will be taking place from today until Sunday on our GAA Scór Oifigiúil FB page. I would be grateful if you could spread the word. All details can be found at the following link: https://www.gaa.ie/news/virtual-scor-resumes-virtual-scor-ar-ais-aris/?fbclid=IwAR1VJrp0GDxZYbzs2zkMiAxdQZIocW6OdslsNuTmyj-u2qJTxdV497aMJ48


Stay sound and safe and have a happy Easter!


Beirigí bua,






Jamie Ó Tuama

Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge

An Rannóg Chumarsáide


Guthán / Phone : +353 (0)1 819 2941 / 087 9505695
CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 / GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3

Latest Update from Tomás Ó Riain and Seán Ó hÓráin Croke Park

We hope you, your families, members and friends are keeping well since we were last in touch.

Thank you for your ongoing support and attached are further guidelines addressing some of the issues that have been raised by our clubs and counties recently.

Included is advice and updates around the following:

  • Pitch maintenance (which is permitted within certain guidelines)
  • GAA Volunteer guidelines for all Volunteers (both 26 and Six Counties)
  • Emergency template for access to GAA facilities
  • Individual county by county contact numbers for Local Government Community Support (only 26 Counties set up at this point)
  • An open letter to our members
  • Latest HSE advice and information

Yesterday the Irish government launched the ‘Community Call’ initiative which aims to encourage everyone to assist those in need of help in their immediate locality.

The GAA’s ‘Club Together’ Initiative with SuperValu and Centra falls under the auspices of this government plan and much of the information provided along with this email relates back to the Government programme.

While of immediate relevance to our units operating in the 26 counties, much of it is applicable to all of our units.

The most successful and best attended GAA games development initiative each year is our Kelloggs Cúl Camps programme.

In this regard the association is committed, and planning is ongoing, to provide a Cúl Camp programme in 2020 for our young Gaelic games enthusiasts over the summer.

We are looking forward to arrival of 172,000 kits starting the end of April.

For more and regular updates stay in touch with our website.

Once again, we would like to re-iterate our gratitude to you all for helping us and the country as a whole at this challenging time.

The community spirit shown across a raft of different but equally vital initiatives and the adherence to the government guidelines has been hugely important in our collective efforts to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

As ever, queries can be sent to communcations@gaa.ie.

We appreciate there is a considerable amount of information attached with this email and while all of it may not be relevant to every GAA unit, club and county officers can decide what is of most use to them and their members and use accordingly.

Please stay safe and continue to play your part with social distancing, cocooning and coughing/sneezing etiquette.

Go raibh maith agaibh,

Tomás Ó Riain      Seán Ó hÓráin

Ard Stiúrthóir         Uachtarán


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Essential Works and Property Checks

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COVID_19 Comm Response Contact Info

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The death has occurred of Cyril Cassidy, the last surviving member of the Leitrim Minor team that reached the All Ireland Minor Final in 1945.

Cyril Cassidy, played at left full forward on the Leitrim Minor team beaten by Dublin in the Final. In the All Ireland Final he played on Denis Mahony, who subsequently captained Dublin in the 1955 All Ireland Senior Final. In the Connacht Final of that year, Leitrim beat Sligo in a replay by 2-6 to 1-5.

Cyril was from Drumeela and he worked in Dublin for many years and more recently lived in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.

He died on Monday 30th March in Gormanston Wood Nursing Home.

Coiste Contae Liatroma would like to express their condolences to his daughter Moira, sons Declan and Barry, grandchildren Sam, Max, Lewis, Fintan and Alastar, extended family, relatives and friends.

Go ndéanfaidh Dia trócaire air.

(Submitted by Seán Ó Súilleabháin)

Leitrim Hurlers having a virtual puck around the county and counties of Ireland during the #COVID-19 lockdown. Well done lads!! #stayhome


At the instigation of Minister Murphy a Covid-19 Community Response Forum will be put in place for each City/County and coordinated by the Local Authority in each case.

A dedicated community support helpline will be established in Leitrim to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice during the current public health emergency. The confidential phoneline service is being established by the new Leitrim COVID-19 Community Response Forum, which includes over a dozen agencies and organisations. The helpline is focused primarily on ensuring that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine etc. The role of the Forum is to ensure that there is a coordinated community response and to enable all voluntary statutory agencies to collaborate in support of our communities and particularly of our most vulnerable members.

Included in the Leitrim COVID-19 Community Response Forum are:

· Leitrim County Council

· Health Service Executive

· An Garda Síochána

· Leitrim Development Company

· Leitrim GAA

· An Post

· Leitrim PPN

· Citizens Information

· Alone

· Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim


· Leitrim Age Friendly Alliance

· Leitrim Civil Defence

· Leitrim Volunteer Centre

· Leitrim International Community Group

· Order of Malta

· Other community, voluntary and sports representatives

The new phoneline is just one aspect of the Forum’s work. Its core aim is contributing to the community-wide effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Leitrim COVID-19 Community Response Forum will ensure that the wide variety of groups working across the county to assist those in need, will do so in an organised, collaborative and targeted way. Leitrim COVID-19 Community Response Forum is there to ensure the very best use of the many resources assisting vulnerable persons with their daily needs at this unprecedented time, whether that is collecting medication, food shopping, social support and contact.

Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council, Lar Power, explains “There are a number of agencies and community groups currently doing excellent work in delivering care to older and vulnerable people in our communities across County Leitrim. These groups are currently operating independently of each other and Leitrim COVID-19 Community Response Forum’s role is to provide a targeted, integrated and coordinated approach to the delivery of these much-needed services to our more vulnerable citizens across the County during the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis has changed life for so many, and we are there to help with that change. Leitrim County Council staff whose day-jobs have changed due to this crisis, will also be a resource in the management and operation of this community support programme along with our partner agencies/groups.

Set to come into effect from Monday 30th March, Leitrim County Council is providing a dedicated contact number – 071 9650473 – with the lines open from 9AM to 5PM seven days a week.

Our support staff can also be contacted by email at covidsupport@leitrimcoco.ie ”

Contact details of this new service will be promoted on www.leitirmcoco.ie, Leitrim County Council social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through the local press and media and through parish newsletters. An information leaflet including the new phone number and other information will be distributed around the county, particularly to vulnerable households, over the coming days.

A chairde,

I wish to draw your attention again to our previously issued guidance document of March 20th.

We advised you that, until March 29th, games and training were suspended, club gyms were to close, and Player Injury Fund cover was suspended.

We subsequently instructed that club bars should also close for the period.

Club Operations

Please be advised that, in line with recent government announcements, these measures and closures are now extended to Sunday April 19 inclusive, at which stage arrangements will be reviewed.

In addition, we are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely.

This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.

Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended.

In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, Clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical. Clubs of course should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.

Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.

Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.

Community Support

As a national/international organisation, we have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.

It is imperative that we exercise extreme caution keeping two metres between people when taking physical exercise while encouraging people to consider using off-peak times when they are less likely to meet others.

Attached is the latest messaging from the HSE covering guidelines around volunteering which we advise our clubs to consider as they involve themselves in community-based volunteer efforts.

Individual volunteers are asked to register with Volunteer Ireland (26 Counties) and Volunteer Now (Six Counties).

We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point.

We would also like to assure you that we, and the wider GAA team across our counties and provinces, are working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to return to our games when that time comes.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look out for one another and continue to adhere to the instructions of the Government and the Health Authorities at this most challenging time.


Go raibh maith agaibh,

Tomás Ó Riain      Seán Ó hÓráin

Ard Stiúrthóir         Uachtarán



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