Welcome Return to Sporting Action

Around 300 individuals made it through the ‘closed doors’ at Naas Racecourse yesterday to witness the first live sporting action on Irish soil in almost three months.

There has never been as long a hiatus since organised sport began to come to life in the 1800’s and it will hopefully be the first in a flood of carefully managed events over the coming weeks and months.

All the protocols were in place and followed with Racehorse trainer Jessica Harrington watching from home as she is over 70 years old and therefore restricted from being at the course.

It did not stop her horse racking up three wins on the day though and the racing activity ramps up throughout this week with Leopardstown in action today and the Tattersalls 1000 and 2000 Guines, the first Irish Classic races of the season taking place at the Curragh on Friday and Saturday.

Elsewhere players on the top panels with Cricket got back together again at a number of locations across the island.

Ireland Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls in swimming and modern pentathlon were back in the pool at the Sport Ireland Campus.

Players from Dundalk, Derry City, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers were back in training in the first wave of a return to football activity.

There was hope from the other side of the world as well with New Zealand Rugby confirming that fans would be allowed to attend this weekend’s kick-off tournament featuring some of the country’s top clubs. The virus is now officially confirmed as inactive in the country and while we are some way away from that here it does hold out positive signs for when we will be back in a full-time sporting capacity.

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