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Coronavirus: Ulster GAA 'identifies several grounds' as potential testing centres

Ulster GAA said it had identified several grounds as potential coronavirus testing centres

THE GAA has confirmed it has identified grounds across Northern Ireland which could be used as coronavirus testing centres.

The home of GAA at Croke Park in Dublin has been operating as a 'drive-thru' Covid-19 testing facility since last week.

And Michael Davitt GAC in Swatragh, Co Derry, said yesterday its grounds could also be used as a field hospital if the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

Ulster Rugby has offered the use of its Kingspan Stadium in Belfast to the Department of Health "should it be required in any guise - be that drive-through testing or other community services".

Club CEO Jonny Petrie tweeted that colleagues in Ulster GAA and the Irish FA had done the same.

A spokesman for Ulster GAA said yesterday confirmed that it had identified several sites but did not say where they were located.

"Ulster GAA has identified potential venues that may be suitable across the north," he said.

"In the event of the Department of Health/Public Health Agency seeking venues in these locations they will be made available for testing purposes, provided that they satisfy the necessary requirements."

Asked if the Department of Health had requested the use of the Kingspan Stadium, a spokeswoman for Ulster Rugby said yesterday it had "no further comment" but will provide an update when appropriate.

The Irish FA was also contacted for comment.

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