Friday, October 09, 2020

Mayor of Waterford Cllr Damien Geoghegan, pictured back, third from left, celebrating after Dungarvan GAA Club’s win in the Western Intermediate Football Championships. Photo: Sean Byrne


MAYOR of Waterford, Fine Gael’s Cllr Damien Geoghegan has confirmed to the Waterford News & Star that he was the team Covid supervisor of Dungarvan GAA Club’s County Intermediate team, after a player on the team tested positive following the County Intermediate Final last weekend.

After Dungarvan won the County Intermediate Final in Walsh Park in Waterford city last Saturday, October 3, it emerged on Sunday that a player on the team had tested positive for Covid 19. It is understood that the team member had been tested for Covid 19, then played in the match on Saturday and subsequently received the positive Covid 19 result.

Dungarvan GAA Club issued a statement on Monday saying there had been “errors made by the Club in the interpretation of the Covid 19 guidelines”. The Club wished to “sincerely apologise” for its mishandling of the situation.

On Wednesday, the County Board issued a statement announcing there would be an investigation into the matter. In the meantime, all club activities have been suspended.

Mayor Geoghegan was contacted by a Waterford News & Star journalist on Sunday, when news of the positive case within the team emerged, and again on Wednesday. Both times Cllr Geoghegan said that he was not the Dungarvan GAA Club’s Covid Officer but did not clarify that he fulfilled another Covid supervision role within the club.

On Friday, Cllr Geoghegan confirmed to the Waterford News & Star that there are other Covid roles within the club separate to the overall Club Covid Officer, and that he was Team Covid Supervisor.

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By Jade Wilson
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