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Donegal GAA club calls for members to mobilise for test centre at Letterkenny ground

Former Donegal player and St Eunan's GAA club chairman John Haran has called on club members to mobilise to help at a Covid-19 test centre at its grounds
Seamus McKinney

A leading Co Donegal GAA club has appealed to members to mobilise to help manage traffic after its ground was designated a coronavirus test centre.

St Eunan's in Letterkenny is one of two centres being established for north Donegal along with the town's former mental health hospital, St Conal's.

Club chairman and former county footballer John Haran yesterday appealed to members to help manage traffic around O'Donnell Park.

Five testing facilities are to be opened at the back of the main stand, operating from 8am to 8pm daily.

Mr Haran said the Republic's Health Service Executive asked if the club could mobilise to avoid the need for the Irish Army or Civil Defence.

The Letterkenny man said O'Donnell Park was chosen after he offered the club's help.

“We're a big club and we've a lot of members at the minute out of work between one thing and another," he said.

“We'll probably need four or five people out there at a time with the traffic management to keep the cars going, showing people what to do, where to go."

Members who volunteer will be able to avail of full safety precautions.

“Every GAA club is brilliant and I have no doubt that when the call goes out now today that we'll be inundated with plenty of help,” Mr Haran said.

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