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Third Cork GAA club suspends activity due to coronavirus concerns

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 10/07/2020 Barry Arnold
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Three Cork GAA clubs have announced they are suspending activity due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

Argideen Rangers and Ballinascarthy have both released statements confirming the shutdown of club action.

A third club followed suit on Friday afternoon, when St Oliver Plunkett’s also suspended activity to comply with HSE public health advice.

a building with a metal cage: Three Cork GAA clubs have announced they are suspending activity due to fears over the spread of coronavirus. Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo © Provided by Extra.ie Three Cork GAA clubs have announced they are suspending activity due to fears over the spread of coronavirus. Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Argideen, in West Cork, took to Facebook on Thursday night to announce they have put all club underage and adult group activities until Saturday at the earliest.

A statement said: ‘This is a precautionary measure and is because a number of club members have told us that they may have been in contact with a person subsequently confirmed to have COVID-19.

‘We in Argideen Rangers GAA feel it sensible and prudent to ensure to temporarily suspend both underage and adult group activities.

a close up of a stop sign in the middle of a field: Cork GAA clubs Argideen Rangers, Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunkett have released statements confirming the shutdown of club action Brendan Moran/Sportsfile © Provided by Extra.ie Cork GAA clubs Argideen Rangers, Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunkett have released statements confirming the shutdown of club action Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘We understand that anyone identified by Public Health authorities as a close contact will be tested for COVID-19.

‘We will keep you posted on the resumption of activities and remind you to respect the privacy of all involved.’

Ballinascarthy GAA club also released a similar statement on Friday morning.

a man sitting in front of a microphone: John Horan, President of the GAA. The GAA is to give further guidance this weekend around their return-to-play protocols with club games getting underway from next weekend . Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland John Horan, President of the GAA. The GAA is to give further guidance this weekend around their return-to-play protocols with club games getting underway from next weekend . Pic: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

‘To all Ballinascarthy GAA and Camogie Club members, please note that collective team training at all grades is temporarily suspended to comply with HSE public health advice and guidance from Croke Park on contact tracing protocols,’ it said.

‘This decision is taken to ensure the continued safety of all members of the Ballinascarthy community and will be reviewed again early next week.’

St Oliver Plunkett’s became the third Cork GAA club to suspend activity after the announced the move on Friday afternoon.

Our club has decided to susppend all activity effective immediately and until the officers and coaches reviw the matter over the period ahead. We do no take this decision lightly and do so as a preventative and precautionary measure, demonstrating responsibility and care for our community, and setting the best example we can for club members and the wider public. This has arisen as a club member has been deemed a ‘close contact’ to an individual confirmed as having Covid-19.

The GAA is to give further guidance this weekend around their return-to-play protocols with club games getting underway from next weekend.

The GAA’s return-to-play protocols state that in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case all activity must be stopped until contact tracers initiate and complete full close-contact assessment and testing.

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