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Cork Racecourse Mallow
Cork Racecourse Mallow

Cork racecourse to be used as COVID-19 testing facility

The Cork Racecourse in Mallow is to be used as a testing centre for COVID-19.

The HSE began preparations for the facility to be used as a testing centre on Tuesday and Horse Racing Ireland say it will be operational from tomorrow (Thursday).

Horse Racing Ireland's board met earlier to assess the implications of yesterday’s changed Government advice around Covid-19 and has expressed its full support for and commitment to the efforts of the Government to fight the transmission of Covid-19. 

It has pledged the input of racing’s personnel and infrastructure to assist as necessary.

“What is most important is that as a country we do all we can individually and collectively to fight the transmission of Covid-19 and focus on our health, ensuring that resources such as medical facilities and personnel are allocated where the need is most,” said Horse Racing Ireland Chairman, Nicky Hartery.

“We have consistently said that racing’s facilities are at the disposal of the Government. Yesterday, the HSE began preparations to use Cork Racecourse in Mallow as a much-needed testing centre for the virus and the centre will be operational from tomorrow. 

"Horse Racing Ireland will be working with the HSE and the Government to identify other elements of racing’s personnel and infrastructure that could be used in the co-ordinated reaction to the crisis.”