Gardaí not investigating Blackrock county final celebrations

Gardaí not investigating Blackrock county final celebrations

Scenes in Blackrock as Blackrock GAA celebrate county final win on Sunday 4th October 2020

Gardaí are not investigating celebrations after Sunday’s County Senior Hurling Final in which Blackrock beat Glen Rovers.

A video surfaced online of celebrations on Church Road that received backlash for lack of masks and social distancing.

A garda spokesman said: "Gardaí are aware of the contents of a video circulating on social media. No Garda Investigation is taking place at this time. 

"The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 19th September 2020 and remain in place.

“Individual attendance, social distancing, wearing of masks in public area and other such public health guidelines are not penal regulations.

“In respect of regulations which are NOT declared to be Penal Regulations under the Health Act 1947 as amended, and Public Health guidelines An Garda Síochána adopt the approach of the three E’s which will see Gardaí engage, educate and encourage, only.

“An Garda Síochána will continue to implement a fair and proportionate response to Public Health guidelines."

Meanwhile, the immediate suspension of club action announced by the GAA today has been echoed by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. 

The announcement was made prior to the Cabinet decision to move to Level 3 restrictions, which still permits club action to take place.

In statements, both organisations said the decision was taken in the interest of public safety. They also highlighted some disappointing "post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events". 

Training will be permitted as per the guidelines outlined by Government, they added.

Cork County GAA Board also appealed to clubs and supporters not to engage in celebrations which breach current public health guidelines.

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