I love the GAA, but it should not get a pass when it comes to nation’s health

Comment: The GAA is not the only reason why Ireland has gone into lockdown again, but hard questions need to be asked about why Covid spikes occurred in certain parts of the country after county final celebrations

25th October, 2020
I love the GAA, but it should not get a pass when it comes to nation’s health
Crosserlough fans during their team’s Cavan Senior Football Championship victory on October 3. A spike in Covid-19 cases in the Ballyjamesduff area, which includes Crosserlough, was reported in the weeks after the match. Picture: Inpho/Laszlo Geczo

Covid-19 is spread by joy – the kind of joy that makes us want to get together, throw our arms round each other and sing songs of celebration.

Which raises the question – are the joyous celebrations following the GAA club county finals in September responsible for the spike in coronavirus cases across the country?

At the time of writing, the top five hotspots in the country by Local Electoral Area (LEA) were Ballyjamesduff in...

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