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Limerick GAA Secretary, Mike O'Riordan.
Limerick GAA Secretary, Mike O'Riordan.

Limerick GAA implement action plan to tackle Covid-19 crisis

By John Harrington

Limerick GAA are in the process of implementing an action plan that engages club volunteers to help in their communities in any way they can during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The county's seven Games Development Administrators are laising with every GAA club in the county to determine how they can best be of assistance in their own local areas.

"Basically what we've done is that we've split our 66 clubs between the seven GDAs that we have," Limerick GAA secretary, Mike O'Riordan, told GAA.ie.

"They're contacting each of the clubs to find out if there is someone they can liaise with in terms of helping the elderly or getting prescriptions for people or dropping off meals or basically just helping out in the community in any way they can.

"Out of the 66 clubs we've contacted, 50 of them have already gotten back with volunteers keen to help and other clubs are linking in with their local community-based organisations as well.

"Everyone is doing their own collective effort in their own areas."

Limerick GAA have also offered the use of their facilities to Government authorities to help cope with the current health crisis.

"We're in discussion with the HSEs and the Gardai about giving our facilities over to the statutory bodies, be it the LIT Gaelic Grounds, our own offices in Áras Mumhan, or the Centre of Excellence in Rathkeale," says Riordan.

"They can use those facilities for whatever purpose they want. I'm actually meeting with the HSE today so after that we'll know more about how we can help in that regard.

"Coming together to help one another is the only way to deal with this. The community values of the GAA are phenomenal and we're seeing that now more than ever."

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