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COVID-19 Club Small Grants

Sports clubs in Tipperary can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Tipperary Sports Partnership.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). 

Clubs are advised to contact Tipperary Sports Partnership on 076 106 6201 or for further information on this scheme

Only one application can be submitted per sport club. Funding applications must be submitted prior to 4pm on Monday, 31st August via the application form on

Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business

The government has this evening (Friday 1 May) published a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to ease the COVID 19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society in a phased manner.

The Roadmap will start from 18 May, from which point our country will re-open in a slow, phased way. The plan sets out five stages for unlocking restrictions, at three week intervals. As we ease restrictions, the rate of the virus in the community will be constantly monitored by the National Public Health Emergency Team and the government.

The framework sets out how we can keep the level of transmission as low as possible while balancing continuing restrictions proportionately with the positive social and economic benefits which will be brought about by lifting restrictions.

In the meantime, we are extending the distance you can leave your home, so from next Tuesday it will be possible to go up to 5km for the purposes of exercise. People who are cocooning need to continue to do so, however it will be possible from Tuesday to go outside for exercise and fresh air, as with others in society, provided you keep within 5 km of your home and observe social distancing at all times.

There are 5 phases in the Roadmap to ease restrictions. Each phase consists of a menu of options will be considered by Government as it gradually opens up economic and social activities.

Examples of the types of actions which will be considered under the various phases include:

Phase 1 (18 May):

allow outdoor meetings between people from different households

open up childcare for healthcare workers

phased return of outdoor workers

open retailers which are primarily outdoor or those which were open during first level of restriction (e.g. opticians)

opening of certain outdoor public amenities



Phase 2 (08 June):

allow visits to households

develop plans and supports to open up business with consideration for safety of staff and customers

open small retail outlets and marts where social distancing can be observed

open public libraries



Phase 3 (29 June):

allow small social gatherings

opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of essential workers in phased manner

return to work for those with low levels of interaction

open non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit

open playgrounds



Phase 4 (20 July):

opening of crèches, childminders and pre-schools for children of all other workers on a gradually increasing basis

return to work for those who cannot work from home

gradual easing of restrictions for higher risk services (e.g. Hairdressers)

opening of museums, galleries, places of worship



Phase 5 (10 August):

allow larger social gatherings

return to work across all sectors

on a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, opening of primary and secondary schools and 3rd level institutions

further easing of restrictions on high risk retail services

The Roadmap also sets out a framework for future decision making, which will at all times be underpinned by public health advice.

The government will regularly assess the following criteria as we seek to keep the level of transmission low while gradually restarting our economy:

the latest data regarding the progression of the disease

the capacity of the health service

the capacity of the testing and tracing system

the measures in place to protect vulnerable groups

an assessment of the impact of excess morbidity and mortality as a consequence of the restrictions

The COVID-19 emergency has had an unprecedented impact on our economy, as well as our society. As we begin the phased reopening of our economy, businesses will require additional supports.

Many businesses will not simply be able to pick up where they left off. The government will meet again tomorrow (Saturday 2 May) to agree a further package of measures to help our businesses to restart, reconnect and rehire staff who have been laid off or furloughed.

Separately, a National Protocol to protect the health and safety of workers is being developed by Government, employers and trade unions, with the assistance of the Health and Safety Authority and the HSE.

The risk of a second wave of the virus is ever present. As a country, we can only move from one phase to the next if the virus stays under control between each phase. There will be a long-term need for physical distancing, for good hand hygiene, for respiratory hygiene, regular cleaning and for people to stay at home and isolate if they are sick.

However, the government is very conscious that that there are significant consequences of social distancing measures. The normal structures of daily life – work, school, sport, entertainment – have temporarily ceased to exist and even as we re-open society, we will be living our daily lives in modified ways for as long as we live with this pandemic.

We recognise that as we seek to mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing restrictions, we are creating other challenges for individuals, families and communities. Some of these challenges are manageable in the very short term but as restrictions continue, the impact becomes greater for some groups.

In living with restrictions, the government will take account of these balancing impacts and the particular consequences for more vulnerable groups in our society.

The areas where social-distancing causes most concern include:

non-COVID-19-related health delays

wellbeing and mental health

vulnerable groups for whom home is not a safe place

minorities and other groups disproportionately impacted by the restrictions

risk-taking behaviour and offending

crime and policing and access to justice

Government departments and agencies have been working to modify work practices, modes of delivery to meet with these challenges and this work will have to continue. 

It is acknowledged that additional measures have to be taken to reach out to more vulnerable groups and those that are particular affected by the guidance on cocooning and social distancing.

Some of these measures are already underway, through various cross-government efforts such as the Community Call, In This Together and Still Here initiatives and campaigns.

The Roadmap also acknowledges the need to continue to work intensively on our approach to travel restrictions and controls at ports and airports and our co-operation with Northern Ireland , the UK and our EU partners.

For more information: 

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