It's tough on anyone that has county finals (or any other club games) coming up, but unfortunately, otherwise sane people have taken leave of their senses in the course of county final winning celebrations. It's not just in Cork last Sunday, it's not just on television, but every team who wins a championship at any grade seem to ignore the current social distancing recommendations.
It any other year it would be okay to kiss the cup, to pass it around, to hug and embrace each other, to parade down the street, to go on all night benders. That simply isn't possible in the current pandemic. But people who otherwise wear their masks in the shops, wash their hands, work at home and generally observe social distancing are losing themselves in the course of the dam burst of emotion of winning the U14 B or Junior B. Unfortunately the virus isn't so selective that it gives winning hurling and football teams a free pass for a night.
We can't keep doing this. The north of Ireland is more or less on fire. The Forkhill episode is extremely scary. And sadly, someone had to call a halt. It’s tough on Rynagh’s Kilcormac-Killoughey and everyone else getting ready for a final. But is someone in the community contracting a disease that could have long term side effects a reasonable price to pay for a great day and night? I don’t believe it is.