Donegal GAA chairman's urgent plea as county registers highest Covid-19 infection rate

May 01, 2021

Donegal chairman Mick McGrath speaks at GAA Congress. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Donegal GAA chairman Mick McGrath has urged Gaels throughout the county to adhere to public health measures that are in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.

According to the latest Covid-19 figures published yesterday, Donegal's 14-day incidence rate is 293.4 per 100,000 people, that's more than double the national rate.

Speaking at a Department of Health briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said there is a “concerning level of compliance” in Donegal.

McGrath has appealed to all its clubs and individual members to play their part in curbing the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the county.

"On behalf of Donegal GAA I thank all our members for their assistance, patience and co-operation with applying and working with the Covid prevention regulations since moving into Level 5 at the beginning of 2021," McGrath said in a statement published on this evening.

"In recent days and weeks the Government and the GAA have commenced on an easing of regulations which will assist our many youth members return to outdoor training. Our adult members are also aware of their Return to Play roadmap. 

"With the continued increase of the distribution of vaccines we must all face the challenge of defeating the spread of this virus in a uniformed way. Unfortunately Donegal has continued to maintain a figure of unacceptable new cases, due to a careless attitude by the minority. The true strength of local sport in our community was really identified when we didn’t have it available over the months of 2020. 

"I am appealing and pleading through the many connections within Donegal GAA clubs and families to refocus on the negativity and frustrations that Covid has brought to our society, and please refrain from ignoring the advise on social gatherings.

"We have an obligation to assist the Government, the leaders of our Country, and the Front Line workers into fighting the Covid in a more sincere way, and let’s show the rest of the country that we can reduce the numbers in Donegal. Donegal GAA will lead the challenge by encouraging all its members to refocus the regulations, the awareness, and the well advertised prevention methods.

"This will allow our county to become a summer destination for visitors, and introduce much needed employment for our many club members, and assist a part of normality to return to our county. Your county needs you."

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