Dublin GAA outlines football championship plan after Covid-19 case

Assuming Raheny are cleared to play, the match will take place on August 29th or 30th

Parnell Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Parnell Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Dublin GAA is confident there will be no serious knock-on effects from having to reschedule its football championship. The final group match between Raheny and Oliver Plunkett’s, scheduled for Sunday, was called off because a Raheny player tested positive for Covid-19.

The county football and hurling championships are played on alternate weeks and, assuming the club is cleared for activity in a fortnight’s time, the postponed match will, according to an official source, be played on the same weekend as the county quarter-finals, scheduled for August 29th and 30th.

Seven of the eight qualifiers are known but the last spot depends on the outcome of the postponed match.

The affected quarter-final is expected to be played as a midweek fixture, allowing the championship semi-finals to proceed as scheduled on September 12th/13th.

The player who tested positive had trained with the team pending the outcome of the test, but as a club statement made clear on Saturday, he had not had any symptoms and was found to have the virus through a routine test in his job.

“A positive test has come as surprise to him, his team-mates and mentors,” the statement read.

Others in the club are now in the process of being tested, according to the statement.

“The club has consulted with the Dublin County Board to determine the best course of action to ensure that the health of players, officials and members is protected. Following this consultation the club is taking the following actions:

“The men’s senior football panel will not train or play matches until all panellists are tested and return a negative result. Contact tracing is taking place by health officials, and close contacts will be identified and contacted. Players and mentors will follow health advice in relation to isolating and health monitoring.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.