If we didn’t have hope and the ability to look forward it might be another difficult day today. Take a minute and imagine a summer full of good things, family gatherings, friends and of course Tennis and Squash. We will get there.
The Taoiseach last evening provided an update to the nation on the Covid 19 situation and we are to remain at Level 5 until April 5th.
Unfortunately, this means, that even though Tennis is a naturally socially distanced and safe activity, our Club must remain closed.
I and the committee are aware, as I know you are, of the impact the restrictions are having on the physical and mental wellbeing of all of us and our loved ones. We would have liked the restrictions to be lifted without delay but, according to the Taoiseach, there is a need to minimise the opportunities for people to travel and gather in order to suppress the virus and this must be respected.
The Taoiseach did outline that should there be an improvement in the situation, the Government will examine the possibility of easing restrictions on outdoor gatherings and certain sporting activities in advance of the 5th April date.
I and others on your committee have been talking to Tennis Ireland and they in turn are working closely with a range of non-contact sports such as rowing, cycling, canoeing, sailing, athletics and golf to co-ordinate efforts with Sport Ireland and Government to allow our sport to open as soon as possible.
In the meantime we are getting on with making plans for a return to play and are reviewing a number of area’s to ensure our club continues to provide great tennis, great friendships and great facilities.
I do also hope that our Squash players will be back on court soon and they can look forward to the fun and exercise they are missing so much.
We will continue to work on your behalf and will keep you up to date with developments.
Again, I and your committee, Ruth, Bill, Aileen, Mandy, Paul, John F, Paddy, Eoin, Colin, Anita, Alan and Tim look forward to seeing you for an exciting time on the court soon.