Message from Chairman, Billy Ryle
Just when our season was up and running and the club was a hive of activity, the deadly virus from the Orient invaded our shores. It broke our hearts to have to lock the gates and to bring activities in Connolly Park to an abrupt halt. But it was the right thing to do and as an integral part of the GAA family we had no hesitation in complying with the directives from Croke Park.
The World Health Organisation’s categorisation of the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic has presented all of us with a serious challenge. The Rock Club is facing that challenge in a united and determined manner. We are doing so by proactively complying with the Government’s national public health guidelines.
It is a particularly difficult time for our players, from the youngest to the oldest, who are denied the joy of training and the thrill of competing on the playing field. The best laid plans and timelines of our coaching staff are now in disarray. Year planning, administration and organisation by our Club officers and committees will have to be revisited. Social activity in the Bar, fitness activity in the Gym and activity on the playing fields have all come to a standstill.
The important thing is that every member of our Club has risen to the challenge and is doing what is necessary to rid us of this deadly Covid-19 virus. As well as that, the Austin Stacks GAA Club Community Response initiated by our senior players to lend a helping hand to those in need, fills me with pride in our great Club.
Thank you to every member of our Club for your patience, solidarity, cooperation, generosity of spirit, compassion and wholehearted support for The Rock’s contribution to the national campaign to rid Ireland of this evil virus. Your actions will help our Club and the entire country to come safely through the worst of times. Please continue to comply with the public health guidelines. Stay safe and well until we can once again do what we do best – indulge our passion for Gaelic games in our wonderful Club.
Billy Pictured with Noreen Power presenting the Jackie Power Junior Player of the year to Paul Galvin at our Club social in February.