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Simonstown Gaels Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Simonstown Gaels Player Tests Positive For Coronavirus
By Shane O'Brien Updated

A member of Simonstown Gaels GAA club in Meath has tested positive for the coronavirus according to a statement on the club's website.

The adult member was diagnosed with the virus after returning from a holiday in Italy. He has not visited the club since he returned to Ireland, according to the statement.

The player was one of two adult members on the trip abroad. Both players agreed to a two-week period of self-isolation prior to the diagnosis.

The second member has shown no signs of symptoms during the self-isolation period and has not visited the club since returning to Ireland.

Simonstown informed the HSE about the diagnosis and will provide further updates in the coming days.

The Navan club confirmed the diagnosis in a statement released on Wednesday morning.

Simonstown Gaels GFC wish to inform all concerned that on the 10th March a member of the club tested positive for Covid 19.

This member is an adult player who recently went on holiday in Italy. We wish the club member a full and speedy recovery. The player was one of two players from the club on the trip abroad. In advance of their return these players were requested by team management to undertake and readily agreed to a period of two-weeks of self-isolation.

The second player is still in isolation and currently showing no signs of symptoms. Neither player has visited the club since their return.

Th club informed the HSE and the County board of this development and is seeking advice and guidance from the HSE as we believe that our duty of care to our members and community in general is of paramount importance.

We take this opportunity to ask that everyone respect the privacy of the players in question and their families and also ask that members acquire their information from reliable and verified sources.

The club will provide details when further details become available.

This is the second confirmed case of Covid-19 at a GAA club.


St. Gall's GAA club in Belfast was shut down on Monday after a member tested positive for the virus.

An adult non-playing member of the club contracted the virus after also returning from a trip to Italy.

The member reportedly visited St. Gall's after returning to Belfast and officials closed the club as a precautionary measure.


At the time of writing, there are currently 50 confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the island of Ireland.

The HSE announced 10 new cases of the novel virus on Tuesday night, bringing the total in the Republic of Ireland to 34.

Globally, more than 120,000 people have contracted the virus and more than 4,000 people have died.


The outbreak of Covid-19 in European countries such as Italy, Germany and France has led to widespread postponements of sporting fixtures.

Other events have been played behind closed doors in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

See also: Report: UEFA Considering Moving Euro 2020 To Next Year Due To Coronavirus


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