Coronavirus: Lucan Sarsfields GAA opens as a Covid-19 drive-through test centre

By Maurice Garvey

LUCAN Sarsfields GAA Club is one of the latest Covid-19 drive-through testing centres.

On St Patrick’s Day, the club made an announcement that their grounds and pitches are closed with “immediate effect” as they made it available to the HSE.

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Lucan Sarsfields GAA

“No casual use of our facilities is permitted,” said the club.

They gave a reassurance that all affected club areas will be thoroughly cleaned before reopening to members and the public.

It is one of the 15 further Covid-19 testing centres set up by the HSE this week, to provide additional drive-through testing already taking place at another 19 locations, including Tallaght Stadium.

Difficult times are here now, but one positive is the goodwill response in communities.

Elderly people and those with underlying respiratory conditions, are deemed to be most at risk from the Covid-19 virus.

Massive amounts of residents have vowed to offer their time and/or services to help get supplies to the most vulnerable – too many to mention here in one article.

Supermarkets and shops have implemented specific times for elderly shoppers and for the most part, people are adhering to social distancing.

Taxi drivers at the rank outside Tesco in Ballyfermot decided to offer a free service for elderly and vulnerable people, from 8am to 9pm.

This is in line with Tesco supermarkets, including the Ballyfermot store, introducing an early morning time slot from 8am to 9am for over 65’s and family carers, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

TD Brid Smith, said people who want to use this service should get in touch via text messenger to her Facebook page or Cllr Hazel De Nortúin's page, and we'll pass it on to the drivers. 

The Clondalkin unit of the Order of Malta established a Covid-19 outreach team, which will assist people who have difficulties getting essentials like food, medications, household items.

Meanwhile, Clondalkin Rugby Club have put together a group to help anyone who needs chores, shopping or collection of prescriptions of any kind.

Lucan Neighbourhood Watch updated their March 13 post, to report an “overwhelming” amount of people who offered to volunteer.

The group were advised by South Dublin County Volunteer Centre that they too are also overwhelmed with the volume of people offering to help out.

“We have asked our local business to help out where they can, Finnstown Castle Hotel are offering their rooms, SuperValu Lucan are doing all they can with deliveries to those that need it,” said the group.

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