There will be a lot of eyes on this weekend’s clash between Wexford and Clare at Chadwick’s Wexford Park…
This Sunday’s clash between the Model County and the Banner County takes place at 2pm.
Irish television broadcaster TG4 will also televise the hotly-anticipated clash, with deferred coverage following the live Allianz Hurling League game between Limerick and Galway.
Directly before the game, the Wexford Senior hurlers will highlight an ongoing issue that the South East has been facing over the past number of years:
As per the HEFSE website, the issue relates to:
“The Cardiac Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) serves over 500,000 people across the southeast, but only operates Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm”.
“All other regions in the country have 24/7 cardiac cover and Cath Lab access. Patients in the southeast who suffer heart attacks after 5pm cannot access a Cath Lab in UHW or anywhere else within the 90 minute recommended window.”
During the national anthem, all of the Wexford Senior hurlers will place their hands on their hearts to highlight the ongoing issue in the South East.
According to a Facebook post from Health Equality For The South East – HEFSE, the Wexford hurlers were due to do it last weekend ahead of their league opener against Laois.
Instead, they have defferred highlighting the issue until this Sunday, as this week’s game against Clare will be televised.
Last weekend, during the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League, Kilkenny, Dublin, Waterford and Tipperary players and supporters assisted with the promotion of the cause in similar fashion.
The Facebook post read as follows:
“Thank you to Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford for engaging Hand On Heart at the weekend matches. Wexford have deferred to home match next week.”
“Our GAA stars are stating publicly our right to 24/7 and health parity in the south east — they need you to make it happen.”
For more information on the issue facing the South East, check out the Health Equality For The South East – HEFSE Facebook page here.