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We’re in this together and let’s stay safe” – an All-Ireland message from the HSE, Gardai and Waterford City & County Council

Ahead of this Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final (being played behind closed doors in Dublin’s Croke Park stadium), the HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai locally are endorsing the appeal made by the Waterford hurling team for supporters to follow all public health guidelines.

In addition to public messages issued by the Waterford County Board of the GAA, the three principal response agencies are drawing attention to the special appeals issued on social media this week by players and management.

Speaking in a video clip on behalf of all the players involved (see:, the Waterford team captain Conor Prunty said he and his teammates “are about to play the game of our lives and we are asking you to support not only us but your family,  friends and community. Please keep yourselves and each other safe and follow the current health guidelines, so that everyone can enjoy the game.”

Speaking on another video clip issued on behalf of the team management (see:, Liam Cahill asked all Déise fans throughout city and county to be mindful of the level 3 public health guidelines in place and to stay safe this Sunday when supporting the team – “We are playing our part on the pitch and we are asking you to do the same at home for the All Ireland hurling final. Please enjoy the game but bear in mind the times we are living through.”

The HSE, Waterford City and County Council and the Gardai locally, in wishing the best of luck to the Waterford team on Sunday, say the “stay safe” and “hold firm” messages conveyed by the players and management are very important to remember at all times over the coming days – particularly in light of daily statistics published by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) showing rates of diagnosed cases remaining a cause of concern in the South East.

The three principal response agencies are urging people to continue taking precautions in relation to transmissions of Covid-19, to adhere to restrictions, and practice “the basics”.

  • Reduce your contacts with other people.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Wash your hands.



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