July 25th, 2020

They say patience is a virtue and all of our spectators have shown that in abundance.  Finally after months of waiting the Park is now open to receive spectators at our games.  We’ve been reminded that we are still in a pandemic situation and the GAA’s roadmap for returning to games is still in force alongside the NI executive restrictions.  The Ulster GAA issued an update to the spectator situation and we’ve distilled the essence of that down specifically for McKenna Park.  The executive have issued this as a notice and it reads as follows.

The Executive committee of St. Joseph’s GAA Club, Ballycran would like to inform all spectators attending McKenna park that in accordance with GAA ‘Gaelic games safe return roadmap’ with the recent ‘Update on spectator attendance at Club games’ and NI Covid-19 regulations, we are limited to a maximum of 250 spectators (including essential match personnel) at Club games in McKenna Park.

As we are also a County pitch, we will be limited to a maximum of 400 spectators (including essential match personnel) when McKenna Park is being used in that role.

Our Covid supervisors will continue to co-ordinate the ingress and egress of all personnel at the grounds and we are indebted to them for undertaking and performing this vital role for the benefit and safety of everyone attending McKenna Park.  These are Club volunteers and offer up their time freely and gladly so that we can all enjoy the activities at the grounds.  We ask that everyone continues to understand the difficult role they perform and continue to appreciate their involvement, following their instructions with patience and respect.

In summary, Club games are limited up to a maximum of 250 personnel in attendance within the grounds.  County games are limited up to a maximum of 400 personnel in attendance within the grounds.  In accordance with GAA guidelines and advice, please continue to observe the social distance of 2 metres, wearing a face mask is advisable and bring and use hand sanitising gel when appropriate.  As suggested by the County, it is not our intention to police but to trust that everyone will continue to follow the instructions from our Covid supervisors with patience and respect and thus everyone can safely enjoy the games.

Respectfully yours,

Executive committee


The Ulster GAA’s update on ‘spectator attendance at Club games’ can be found here…


And if we keep adhering to the necessary protocols and progressing along the roadmap, we can look forward to these wonderful occasions in the future.

Conor Woods lines up for a free during an Ulster Championship game

2019 All Ireland at Croke Park between Kilkenny and Tipperary (winners)