Aghinagh GAA club can't wait for a return to action at the end of the month

Aghinagh GAA club can't wait for a return to action at the end of the month
Iveleary's Cathal Vaughan moves the ball on as he is flanked by Aghinagh's Gearoid O'Sullivan and Richard O'Sullivan in last year's JAFC final in Mid Cork. Picture: John Delea.

CLUBS across the country and indeed in the Muskerry GAA division will be very busy to ensure a safe return to action in the next few months.

Following the release of the return to action roadmap set out by the GAA, Mid Cork clubs have been left with plenty to dissect and mull over.

Right across the land, there will be plenty of work needed to be undertaken and numerous protocols to follow, in order to enable GAA clubs to resume activities and training as safely as possible.

Aghinagh GAA club are among the clubs in the Muskerry region who will now be planning and preparing for an eagerly awaited return.

The Rusheen based side have been like most GAA clubs in doing their best to keep as engaged with the local community during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Aghinagh members have in recent months provided help to local elderly residents with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just a chat to keep them company during the lockdown.

Aghinagh also have been doing player profiles that have been released through their social media channels as well.

These have proved entertaining and informative reads, giving Aghinagh GAA fans a further insight into their playing personal, who reached the Mid Cork Junior A Football final last year.

Aghinagh were pitted against Canovee in the opening round of the 2020 Junior A Football Championship in Muskerry. But as to when that clash is able to take place is still unclear at the time of writing.

Going by the national GAA plan for returning to action, that game will not take place until the end of the summer at the earliest.

They are a club who have been blessed with a number of talented players over the years.

Perhaps their most famous resident is Briege Corkery, who started her football career with Aghinagh, who excelled and really raised the bar with her outstanding displays for both the Cork Ladies Football and Camogie sides, winning 18 All-Ireland medals across both codes.

More recently, Marie Ambrose is another from Aghinagh who has excelled for the Cork Senior Ladies Football team and still is lining out with the senior county setup.

A major project for Aghinagh in recent years was the development of a new hall together with meeting rooms, kitchen and gym equipment.

It is used for dancing, yoga, zumba, parties, bingo night and so on. It has proved to be a valuable asset to the club and community in general.

Aghinagh are a club which play a vibrant and very important part in their local community.

They will seek to maintain that strong community spirit over the forthcoming number of years.

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