Swapping kits for scrubs, GAA players on frontline during Covid-19 crisis

Fermanagh GAA captain Eoin Donnelly works as a respiratory physiotherapist at the Ulster Hospital

SWAPPING kits for scrubs, GAA players have been posting videos working on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis.

A number of players have shared images of themselves in their medical uniforms accompanied by advice about staying indoors and exercising social distancing.

GAA clubs have also been keen to pay tribute to their players and members who are healthcare workers.

Among those to post a message is Fermanagh GAA captain Eoin Donnelly, who works as a respiratory physiotherapist at the Ulster Hospital.

The 31-year-old, who works on respiratory wards as well as helping stroke and cardiac patients, posted an appeal on his Twitter page.

"I just want to talk about your role in stopping the spread of coronavirus," he said.

"It will only be beaten if you do the the right thing and take it seriously.

"During this time we need to do all we can to help out healthcare workers so please don't go out in groups, please don't visit friends, don't have house parties or social gatherings of any kind.

"By keeping apart we can save the lives of our parents, grandparents, relatives and friends and it's really that simple - stay at home and save lives."

Strabane Sigersons GAA have shared their support of former player Niamh Harley.

Alongside an image of the healthcare worker, who is holding a poster stating 'stay home and stay safe', the club said: "Niamh is now a mental health nurse in Belfast, a massive thanks to Niamh and all the medical staff on the front line at the current time."

The club also shared an image of club member and former senior men's player Liam McGillian, who is a doctor working in a hospital in Poole, England.

"Best wishes to Liam and all the Strabane people on the front line at home and across the world," the club said.

Members of St Eunan's GAA Club in Donegal are also helping out during the coronavirus crisis.

Senior player Caolan Ward was pictured on the club's Twitter page volunteering at the Letterkenny Covid-19 test centre in O’Donnell Park.

He said: "Hats off to every club member who is doing their bit helping out in O'Donnell Park. Great to see the community spirit."

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