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Henry Shefflin Says We Should Be More Worried About House Parties Than GAA Crowds

Henry Shefflin Says We Should Be More Worried About House Parties Than GAA Crowds
By Gary Connaughton Updated

The news that crowds of no more than 200 people would be allowed to attend GAA matches came as a major blow for the Association and clubs around the country.

With club action having returned in recent days, many people are unable to watch their teams due to current Government restrictions.

It had been thought that crowds of up to 500 people would be allowed to attend games from July 20th, but that has now been pushed back to August 10th at the earliest.

GAA President John Horan has already called for the Government to reconsider that number, and Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin has now joined him in that plea.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1, he said that the Government should be more worried about house parties that socially distanced crowds at GAA games, especially when new research showed that you were 19 times less likely to contract Covid-19 in an outdoor setting.

I think that one in nineteen, if that is scientifically proven, well that should showcase that we have the capacity in our grounds.

And I'm not just talking about GAA grounds, I think other sporting organisations will be probably looking at this and saying the same thing.

And I'm sure they will be putting some pressure on the Government as well.

It's about that responsibility and our volunteers are very, very good. I think we have the opportunity to open up. Why we can? Because we don't know what's coming.

We heard the news this week if it goes up over 100 (cases), it's going to be back to phase two again.

So just for the opportunity while the weather is good, we have an opportunity to give something back to our society and we can manage it.

Because what's going on with house parties etc is a lot more challenging and a lot more concerning.

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