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10 Derry GAA clubs close their gates as 'precautionary measure' after Covid outbreak in county

 Limavady GAC has closed as a result of a coronavirus cluster in the area. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Andy Watters

A total of 10 Derry GAA clubs have suspended their activities after outbreaks of Covid-19 in their area.

Derry clubs Craigbane and Banagher both took “precautionary measures” by closing temporarily last night after outbreaks of Covid-19 in their area.

Eight other clubs told Irish News journalist Cahair O'Kane that they had also suspended all activities.

The clubs include Claudy, Ardmore, Foreglen, Drum, Drumsurn, Magilligan, Glack and Limavady.

Meanwhile, Limavady Wolfhounds confirmed that none of their players or members had been affected after the Public Health Agency identified a cluster of cases in the town.

The agency said it was linking them to a social gathering in a private or residential setting and testing and contact tracing was being carried out to identify anyone who may be potentially affected and to help prevent any further spread.

Elsewhere, St Mary’s, Banagher informed their members in a statement on social media that the club would close down in the “short term” but stressed that none of their players, managers or club officials had been affected.

“Due to Covid-19 cases in the local community, the club, as a precautionary measure, have decided to suspend all activities in the short term,” read the statement.

Their neighbours Craigbane have also decided to close their gates, again as “precautionary measure”.

A statement from the club read: “Due to a Covid-19 case in the local community, the club, as a precautionary measure, have decided to suspend all activities in the short term apart from the walkway which will remain open but subject to the guidelines in place.”

The developments in Derry came after the Ulster Council had confirmed that the result of the Covid-19 test at a second club in the province (which was reported in Wednesday’s Irish News) was negative.

Earlier this week, Down club Atticall confirmed that a mentor who had not shown any symptoms had undergone a precautionary tracking test and had tested positive for the virus. The club shut down their activities for a week.

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