Football responds in accordance with latest national effort
As you might have anticipated, football has fallen in line with the latest government directions in our joint national response to the Coronavirus issue.

See below for the latest instruction from the FAI, as repeated by the DDSL.

To all DDSL club secretaries
Please see below today’s statement from the FAI.

The DDSL executive committee would again like to extend our best wishes to all our stakeholders in these challenging and difficult times.

Please take care and stay safe.

FAI extends cessation of football under its jurisdiction to May 5.
The Football Association of Ireland today announces an extension to the cessation order for all football under its jurisdiction until May 5 inclusive, following directives from government and the Department of Health.

The decision to extend the deadline for the return to football has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interests of our players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff. This decision will continue to be monitored on an ongoing basis.

The FAI is in communication with the Department of Health and UEFA on COVID-19 and will continue to follow all government guidelines.

The Association advises all members, volunteers and stakeholders to respect the HSE guidelines on social distancing during this pandemic. We also appeal to everyone involved with Irish football to stay at home over the Easter weekend.

The Association remains committed to a June return for the SSE Airtricity League and Women’s National League. Regular meetings are ongoing with representatives from the National League Executive Committee and the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland to help our clubs and players through this difficult time.

FAI Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne has again advised the FAI that in the current exceptional circumstances clubs should not engage in collective training during the cessation period for all football activity under the FAI’s jurisdiction.

This recommendation is based on the government’s desire to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and Dr Byrne strongly advises against clubs training during this cessation period which runs until May 5 inclusive.

Please note that our clubhouse in Kilbogget Park will be closed during this additional period.

The Cabinteely FC board asks our members to adhere to all advice from the government and health authorities at this time.

In the meantime please look after yourselves and do take yet another minute to review the HSE Coronavirus pages, how to best protect yourself and others and, specifically, how to best wash your hands – all good sense.

Have a Happy Home Easter and let’s anticipate better times to come!