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The Glynn-Barntown club in Wexford remains eager to assist vulnerable people in the community.
The Glynn-Barntown club in Wexford remains eager to assist vulnerable people in the community.

Glynn-Barntown club eager to assist

By Cian O'Connell

Wexford's Glynn-Barntown remain of numerous GAA clubs throughout the country providing valuable assistance for those in need.

A list of volunteers has been established to help vulnerable people in the area according to Chairman John Cooney.

"It is good for the executive of a club to be helping out, they feel a bit of a social responsibility too," Cooney says.

"Everybody delivering has to take the HSE guidelines into consideration when they are going around, that they are dropping stuff at the door and not going in, keeping our distance."

While activity has ceased on the field of play, the importance of the sporting community endures. "We are trying to lend a hand, we are trying to help people," Cooney adds.

"Already on Monday morning we've had one contact from a woman wondering about her sister in Clare, who has cancer. She was wondering if a club in her locality was doing the same so Meabh (Cooney), who is the PRO found that Tulla GAA are doing something similar.

"So she has sent the link on to her. Really it is people like that you would be lending a hand out to."

The response from club members in Glynn-Barntown was swift. "We just asked a few people on the executive and now we have a number of people, who are not on the executive, who have contacted us to put their name on it too," Cooney states.

"We don't have a big village, it is just two small villages. Glynn-Barntown are two half parishes, the two villages are four miles away from each other.

"It is very spread out, two small villages. We are very rural, our pitch is about five or six kilometres from Wexford town.

"I believe it is a time that when the GAA should be seen to be helping out a little bit too.

"People are delighted with it, they are delighted to see that they have people around to help them out. In a rural community you have so many isolated people."

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