Video: Strabane All Star Cathal McShane gets on board with Western Trust COVID-19 message

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Strabane footballer Cathal McShane has urged people across the North West to pull together to make it easier for front line medical staff in the Western Trust to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

The 2019 All-Star and Championship top scorer asked people to follow the advice of public health experts in order to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 outbreak and lessen the surge at local hospitals.

"Over the next few weeks and into months we are going to be in for a really difficult time so I would just like to stress and emphasise a few points that will hopefully help everyone moving forward.

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"The first point is adhering to social distancing. The second point is staying at home unless vital or essential to leave. The third point is, wash your hands.

Cathal McShane and Ryan Dougan of Derry.Cathal McShane and Ryan Dougan of Derry.
Cathal McShane and Ryan Dougan of Derry. | jpimedia

"These are all three very basic points but if they are taken seriously they go a long way to making sure that we defeat this virus," he said.

Cathal is better known for terrorising defences throughout the country as full-forward with Tyrone and with his club side Owen Roe O'Neill's at Glenmornan near Donemana.

He was recently the target of the professional Aussie Rules club, the Adelaide Crows, and in 2012, across codes, he scored in Tyrone's 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the elite section of the Milk Cup.

Today he's turned his thoughts to more important matters.

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"We all need to come together and do whatever we can to make sure this virus is defeated.

"I'd like to give a massive shout out to all the Western Trust staff and NHS staff who continuously do amazing work to ensure that they put themselves on the line everyday to save lives," he said.

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