LOCKDOWN “A DIFFICULT TIME” SAYS NEW CHAIRMAN

18 February 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

Chairman Declan Flanagan admits the extended delay to the return of Gaelic Games activity did not come as a surprise and that it provides further headaches to fixture planners for 2021 at club and county level.

The GAA revealed last week that Government representatives have clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. This means that a return to intercounty training or games is not permitted under the current restrictions, with the GAA Covid Advisory Group outlining that a return to on-field activity is unlikely to be allowed until early April at the earliest.

Regulations had previously classed intercounty Gaelic games as elite sport, alongside others such as professional soccer and rugby, which allowed the All-Ireland championships to continue under Level 5 last winter. It had been expected that the Allianz Leagues might…

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