This weekend, following the identification of Donegal, by the Chief Medical Officer, as a problem area for following Covid regulations, Michael McGrath the Donegal chairperson released an official statement on behalf of Donegal GAA, asking Gaels through-out the county to adhere to all current restrictions. Clubs have responded very well to this request and co-operation is ongoing in this regard. While numbers are receding in some “hotspot” localities a number of others are becoming increasingly fragile. CLG Dhún na nGall are continuing to liaise with the HSE across a number of fronts and on their behalf I enclose a recent press release about the opening of a “pop-up” testing centre in Milford and hope to make an announcement about a couple more in the next couple of days.
For information the County Chairman’s Statement was as follows:
On behalf of the 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. 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 the 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. The 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.