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Castleknock jerseys, including that of Tommy McDaniel, 15, are laid out in the stand ahead of the Dublin SFC match between Kilmacud Crokes and Castleknock at Parnell Park on Saturday

Castleknock jerseys, including that of Tommy McDaniel, 15, are laid out in the stand ahead of the Dublin SFC match between Kilmacud Crokes and Castleknock at Parnell Park on Saturday

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Castleknock jerseys, including that of Tommy McDaniel, 15, are laid out in the stand ahead of the Dublin SFC match between Kilmacud Crokes and Castleknock at Parnell Park on Saturday

The Dublin county board have advised that games and training sessions should not be cancelled due to the confirmation of a Covid-19 case for a member following a weekend where two positives were recorded in clubs in the capital.

On Friday, Fingallian's shut down their juvenile games section following a positive test for an underage member while Sunday's Dublin SFC clash between Raheny and St Oliver Plunkett's/ER was postponed after the discovery that one of the Raheny players had contracted coronavirus.

Activity is ongoing in both clubs.

The county board are confident that the postponed Group 4 clash can be played off without disruption to the quarter-finals or a delay in running of the competition, barring any further returned positive Covid-19 tests.

In a statement issued to clubs, county board secretary John Costello said he accepted that it is "the prerogative of each club to adopt a cautious approach if they decide to suspend activity".

He added, however, that the Dublin county board games programme will "continue as scheduled".

Costello explained that the county board "fully understand that certain members may not wish to resume their involvement with their teams", adding that they had "agreed that non-participation will not have any impact on a clubs' status or position in competitions for the 2021 season".

There is no relegation or promotion between any of this year's grades while clubs who have failed to field teams will not be subjected to any punishment.

"DCB (Dublin County Board) agreed that non-participation will not have any impact on a club's status or position in competitions for the 2021 season," the statement explained.

Kilmacud Crokes finished top of the affected Dublin SFC group by dint of their victory over Castleknock in Parnell Park on Sunday and will be joined by either Raheny, Plunkett's or Castleknock in the last eight.

That round is scheduled to be played on the weekend of August 29/30 and with the Raheny hurlers fixed to play Naomh Fionnbarra in the quarter-final of the Dublin SHC 'B', the likelihood is that the postponed football match will be played early next week.

In that scenario, the quarter-final involving the second placed team in Group 4 will go ahead as planned, most likely on Sunday, August 30.

Raheny require just a draw in that refixed game to qualify and set up a quarter-final with reigning champions Ballyboden St Enda's.

The HSC have assumed authority with regards to contact tracing for the player in question who recorded a positive in a routine work test taken early last week.

The county board have advised, however, that there is no requirement to discontinue activity in the club or on the senior football team.

Team mates of a player who contracts the virus are deemed to be casual contacts, who are free to continue to train and play so long as they are without symptoms.

In his note to clubs, Costello explained that "the playing of our games has been classified as a Casual Contact activity".

"If a Player, Match or Team Official displays positive symptoms, he/she should refrain from further activities with immediate effect.

"The individual with symptoms should contact a GP who will arrange a test if required."

In the case of a negative result, "no further action is required and the player should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to activity".

If the test is positive, the statement explained "the individual goes into self-isolation and follows HSE directions.

"Contact tracing takes place by public health authorities (HSE) who will determine who are close or casual contacts.

"If deemed a Casual Contact, GAA involvement continues as normal as long as symptom free. However if an individual develops symptoms, he/she should ring their GP and the player should of course stop training."

Close contact

"If deemed a Close Contact, the individual has no GAA involvement and will be tested."

The statement adds: "In following the GAA Covid-19 Safe Return to Gaelic Games guidelines and protocols, DCB, through our Clubs, have invested a significant workload in putting in place these guidelines and protocols- the sole purpose being the safety of our members and our communities but also trying to maximise the playing of our games in the current Covid-19 environment.

"Those individuals who are clearly Close Contacts, like family members, should cease involvement with their clubs until tested."