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Killeshin withdraw from Kelly Cup following contact with positive Coronavirus case

Killeshin have informed Laois GAA that they have decided to withdraw from the Kelly Cup.

The decision means that they have fore-fitted their semi final with Ballylinan and now they will face Graiguecullen in the decider on Saturday.

The final will now go ahead on Saturday evening in Crettyard at 7.15pm.

Killeshin were due to meet Ballylinan in the semi final last weekend but the club is now in the middle of a 10-day suspension of activities.

That comes after Killeshin’s junior team played Old Leighlin from Carlow in a practice game on Monday July 13 with one of the Old Leighlin players subsequently testing positive for Covid-19.

The news of the positive test emerged late last week and Killeshin took the decision to pause all activities as a precaution.

In a statement last week, Killeshin said: “Killeshin GAA would like to let our members know as a precautionary measure we have decided to press pause on all club activities until Monday July 27th.

“This is a precautionary measure, as one of our teams has been in contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19

“We in Killeshin GAA feel it sensible and prudent to temporarily close our grounds and suspend both underage and adult group activities.

“We understand that anyone identified by Public Health authorities as a close contact will be tested for COVID-19

“We will keep you posted on resumption of activities, and we remind you to respect the privacy of all involved. Thank you.”

Their return to activity will come just a couple of days before their senior side are due to play Emo in the opening round of the championship while they also have teams in the Junior ‘A’ and Junior ‘C’ championships.

Killeshin played in their first ever senior final last year when they only lost to Portlaoise by a point.

They will be without Laois captain of the past three years Stephen Attride for this year’s campaign as he is in Australia while Maurice Brown, who is now a selector with Laois, has been replaced as manager by former Kildare player Karl O’Dwyer.

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