Friday 15 November 2019

From the stands: GAA clubs warned of chilling prospect

Fergus McDonnell, John Greene and Seán Ryan

THE GAA has advised clubs covered by their Property Insurance scheme that they face an excess of €25,000 in respect of losses due to leaks or burst pipes as a result of "extremely poor claims experience".

The move has been prompted by claims "where an almost complete lack of implementation of preventative measures at clubs was observed".

There is some relief, however, for clubs that have not experienced a loss due to burst pipes since January 2010. Claims by these clubs will be subject to an excess of €15,000, but this can be reduced to €4,000 if they can provide documented proof of "Freeze Prevention Best Practice Weather Risk Management".

Considering the current cold snap, clubs would do well to familiarise themselves with these guidelines before it's too late.

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THE Camogie Association is running a campaign to have the new bridge over the river Liffey named in honour of former Dublin camogie star Kay Mills.

And what a fitting tribute it would be to a remarkable athlete. Mills, who began her playing career with Dublin at the age of 14, won the first of a staggering 15 senior All-Ireland medals in 1942 and her last in 1961. She captained the side in 1959.

In addition to her All-Ireland medals, Mills won 20 Leinster championships, six Dublin senior county championships and four inter-provincial medals.

Letters of support can be posted to The Manager, Dublin City Council, 4th Floor Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 or email

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A sports book which certainly comes under the classification of 'different' is Aidan Lenehan's There is An F In Hurling, the story of how a Galway man living in an overwhelmingly football heartland of north county Dublin decided to start up a hurling team with the Wild Geese club. The book traces how he began playing again at 37 and how he cajoled friends and footballers to join in his pilgrimage.

It wasn't all plain sailing either as having started out in the Dublin E junior ranks, they hit the dizzy depths of F-grade before the influx of younger players saw them move back up in the hurling world.

The book recounts the efforts to maintain enthusiasm for a project as the lure of Gaelic football and soccer saw numbers often whittled down to the minimum. It is an account of the 'ordinary plenty' of the GAA world which will resonate with anyone who has ever played for or supported a club team.

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NOW that we're nearing year's end, there will be plenty of claims made for the sports event of the year. But there won't be much debate in the the golf world with the launch last week of Miracle At Medinah, a two-disc DVD box set including all the highlights, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and the Captain's Diary account of what is described as "the most unforgettable sporting story ever told".

It was arguably the greatest comeback in the history of golf as Jose Maria Olazabal's heroes overcame the strongest American team in recent memory, a raucous gallery and a four-point deficit going into the final day.

We have five copies of the DVD to give away to readers. To be in with a chance of winning one, simply answer the following question:

In what city was the 2012 Ryder Cup played?

Send your answer, by post only, to: Miracle At Medinah DVD Competition, Sunday Independent Sports Department, 27 Talbot St, Dublin 1 to arrive no later than 5.0pm on Thursday, December 6. The winners will be announced in this column next week, but if you're not lucky enough to win one, the DVD can be purchased in plenty of time for Christmas from Amazon.

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