| 11.1°C Dublin

Clubs in plea to players


Dublin's Niall Scully. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin's Niall Scully. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Dublin's Niall Scully. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

A number of Dublin GAA clubs have issued pleas to their members and the public to avoid congregating in groups amid evidence last weekend that many are still ignoring social distancing protocols.

A message delivered to members of St Oliver Plunkett’s from their chairman Conal Clerkin yesterday warned that the club had received “two separate complaints” about players “pucking and kicking balls,” last weekend around Martin Savage Park, where the club’s grounds are situated.

After a weekend when the temperature spiked to its highest of the year so far and public congregation in seaside areas, parks and walking trails was condemned by authorities, there are renewed fears that members of the public are not taking sufficient personal responsibility to slow the spread of Covid-19.

“While most were displaying social distancing, not all were,” the Plunkett’s chairman revealed.

“We are doing so much good work in the community at the moment it is a shame that our players are not adhering to what is being asked of every citizen in the country.”

While acknowledging that Martin Savage Park is a public space, the club’s chair asked that his correspondence be forwarded to “player/parent asking that they refrain from being in group sessions of more than (two) at any time.

“And more importantly,” he added, “they adhere to social distancing requirements rigidly.”

On Sunday, a number of clubs in the South Dublin area collaborated on a video entitled “let’s work together by not hanging around together” to warn of the dangers of people congregating in group and failing to practice social distancing.

Dublin player Niall Scully and former Dub Eoghan O’Gara were both part of the effort, which was endorsed by Templeogue/Synge Street, St Jude’s, Ballyboden St Enda’s. Faugh’s, St Mary’s College RFC, Terenure College RFC and Terenue Rangers FC.