Covid cases stop play in Roscommon town

Roscommon Gaels GAA Club in Roscommon town was forced to temporarily suspend all club activities on Tuesday following news that a playing member had tested positive for Covid-19.

The club took to Twitter on Wednesday, however, to confirm that following a “thorough risk assessment by the HSE” it was free to resume club activities with immediate effect. The club said it was very aware of the rising number of cases in the local community and was prepared to suspend activities again in the event of further cases associated with the club.

The club tweeted: “We commend our player for coming forward so quickly and we wish them a speedy recovery to full health. We also want to acknowledge their team management who had handled their team affairs in compliance with public health and return to play guidelines in the run-up to the test result”.

Roscommon Gaels also paid tribute to the HSE and the club’s Covid Response committee and called on members to follow public health guidelines and remain vigilant.

News of confirmed cases in Roscommon Gaels GAA Club and CBS Roscommon prompted Roscommon United Football Club to cancel all midweek club activity in Lisnamult as a precautionary measure.

Club Chairman, Tom Holian, told the Roscommon People the club was “erring on the side of caution” following a rise in local cases.

“The decision was taken after the club was made aware of a confirmed case in Roscommon Gaels GAA Club. Many of our players would also play with the Gaels and our facilities are in close proximity.

“It seemed like the sensible thing to do in light of the current situation in Roscommon and our club felt it was better to be safe than sorry in this instance as we await further updates regarding the overall picture in Co. Roscommon later this week.

“As a club, we would like to take this opportunity to wish those who have tested positive for Covid-19 a speedy recovery and remind players and members to be vigilant and continue to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

“We are all in this together as a community and it’s up to all of us to keep ourselves and others safe,” he said.