WATCH: St Vincents GAA club return to play
By John Harrington
GAA clubs around the country made a long-awaited return to play on Monday June 29th after months of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
GAA.ie visited St. Vincents GAA club in North Dublin to see just how much it meant to everyone there to be able to play the games they love again.
"We've just finished our first training session back since lockdown,” St Vincents U-9 Girls coach, Edel Leahy, told GAA.ie.
“It was absolutely brilliant. It was great to see so many kids show up.
“We weren't sure about what the numbers are going to be like. They were as good as they've ever been. They were really,
really engaged, really, really happy to be back.
“It means so much to see their smiling faces back, jumping around, happy to see each other and really great as a coach to see everybody
back active, just getting out there where they're supposed to be.
“As a parent of three daughters, three GAA-crazy daughters, camogie-mad, football-mad, it's lovely to see them back with their friends.
“It's lovely to be out of the house. It's lovely not to have to think about Google classroom and if we're catching up or if we're doing this right or if we're doing that right.
“It's a bit of normality, it's a bit of enjoyment, it's fresh air, and it's just great to see them back with their friends and back having fun together.”
St. Vincents GAA Club PRO, Dermot Daly, was keen to point out that there's no pressure being put on any players to return to play until they're totally comfortable doing so.
"One of the things we've been stressing to everybody is that your choice to come back happens at your own pace," Daly told GAA.ie.
"You get to choose your own time to come back and no judgement if somebody wants to hang on for a couple more weeks or a couple more months if they want to.
"But when we do finally call whatever normal is we'd hope to say that we haven't lost a single member."