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Two Laois GAA clubs set to begin ‘gradual reopening’ of grounds following Coronavirus cases

Two Laois GAA clubs are set to begin a ‘gradual reopening’ of their club grounds after being shutdown following two positive Coronavirus cases.

Park-Ratheniska and Timahoe, who play together as Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe in hurling, shutdown last week following two positive tests for two of their hurlers.

LaoisToday understands that between the two clubs, around 40 people have been tested after being identified as potential contacts.

All of these tests have been returned now and thankfully, no further positive cases have been revealed.

A statement, from both Timahoe and Park-Ratheniska, outlined the next steps that they will take.

They said: “With the results of all tests undertaken by Park/Ratheniska-Timahoe Hurlers returned, in line with current restrictions, we will begin a gradual reopening of our Grounds in Timahoe and Park/Ratheniska, confident that there was little or no transmission of the virus in a GAA setting.

“All who underwent testing over the past week, will continue to follow HSE Guidelines and restrict movement for a 14 day period, meaning they will not return to the Fields until this weekend, August 16.

“We feel it necessary at this stage to observe that at no point were we instructed to halt team activities by either HSE or GAA Guidelines.

“Both Clubs did so to allow us control and manage the situation safely. We thank all our players, coaches, and members for their understanding in this regard.

“We do however take this situation as a sharp reminder of the dangers of COVID-19 and the responsibilities everyone has to follow all COVID-19 guidelines and to act sensibly.

“The Club will continue to follow all the HSE and GAA regulations as we have been doing.

“We thank Laois GAA and the HSE for their assistance during the past week and assure all families connected with the club of our commitment to all of our ongoing safety.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.