Golf Ireland welcomes return to play in ROI on April 26

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Golf Ireland has released the following statement after last night’s Government announcements:

“Following this evening’s announcement from the Irish Government, it has been confirmed that golf will be one of the first sports to resume for mass participation in the Republic of Ireland. 

We welcome the fact that golf, along with tennis, will be the first sports which will open from April 26th. While this is some weeks away, we look forward to members having the opportunity to exercise and play golf in a safe manner.

Following intensive engagement with the Department of Sport and Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland has drafted a Return to Golf Protocol to assist clubs in their preparation for the resumption of play. Now that the resumption of golf has been confirmed, this will be finalised in consultation with the relevant authorities, and issued to clubs as soon as possible. 

Golf Ireland has also raised the potential impact of continuing travel restrictions on golf clubs, particularly on those located close to county boundaries and we welcome the confirmation this evening that the extension of travel restrictions next month to county-wide or 20kms. This will facilitate the vast majority of golfers to play at their clubs from April 26th.

Golf Ireland’s priority continues to be the safe resumption of all golfing activities at the earliest possible opportunity. We look forward to continuing to engage with the relevant departments and agencies in the coming days and weeks to progress, as quickly as the public health situation will allow, the full return of all activities associated with our sport, as well as a comprehensive calendar of inter-club events and championships over the coming months. 

We commend golf clubs and members for their track record of compliance with the Return to Golf Protocol, which has significantly contributed to golf being one of the first sports to resume. We urge all club officials and members to familiarise themselves with the Protocol when released so that we can all play our part keeping our members and communities safe. 

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3 responses to “Golf Ireland welcomes return to play in ROI on April 26”

  1. John avatar

    Not before time from an incompetent government led by the unelected NPHET

  2. Tony Stanley avatar
    Tony Stanley

    The Government are and have done a good and competent job running the country.
    Before the vivid virus hit the Irish economy was strong and in very good condition.
    The employment rate was/is very high .
    Unemployment rate very low.
    The borrowing rate during the Pandemic by the dept of finance and the NTMA is record low due to the strength of our economy.

  3. Golflover avatar

    I presume that the government dealing with this situation were acting on the best advice from nphet and therefore closed down golf on that advice for safety reasons, but like has been stated here before golf has had no known cases of covid linked to it. If golf was open even know it would take a lot of men and women out of the parks were they exercise thus bringing down the numbers using the parks and walkways which in turn makes it safer for others to use, putting people on golf courses actually makes sense it always did, there is a full account of golfers movement from the house to course and more importantly its safe, I personally have followed all the protocols thus far and will continue to so, I will start to polish up the clubs in anticipation of the day it opens but I do honestly think they got this one wrong especially when you consider there letting under 18 and lower teams back to training in group’s of 15 on the same day that golf starts up, whoever is making these decisions should really be considering their position

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