Please find below a communication from Croke Park passed onto the Club from the County Secretary Seán Óg McAteer, regarding the recent meeting between the three Gaelic games governing bodies and the Irish Government.
10ti Feabhra 2021
Gach R0nai Chontae
Gach Runai Chlub
Maidir Le: Covid Restrictions – lmportant Update
The GAA’s Covid Advisory Group met this evening to consider the outcome of a meeting between the three GaelicGames governing bodies (GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association) and representativesof the lrish Government, including the Minister of State for Sport, which took place earlier this week. The meetingwas held to brief the governing bodies on the short-term prospects for a return to training and playing of our games.
The Government representatives clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under thecurrent Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. As such a return to intercounty training or games is not permittedunder the current restrictions.
It was also clear that there will not be any change to this position post-March 5th when the restrictions currentlyin place are reviewed.
It is the view of the GAA’s Covid Advisory group that no on field activity will be permitted – training or games -until Easter at the earliest. ln the interim, it is expected that the Government will publish an updated “Living withCovid” plan and we expect that this will provide clarity on when clubs and counties are likely to be allowed returnto training and games in 2021. It should also provide clarity on when other off-field club activities may bepermitted to resume.
It is clear that this extended delay to the planned return of the inter county season will have knock-on effects forboth the inter county and club games programmes originally planned for 2021. As of now the GAA have made nofirm decisions on what competitions may or may not be facilitated in any revised fixture programme – such decisions will be a factor of how much time is made available to us, both for an inter county season and for thebroader participation levels that will be necessary for a meaningful club season. While we will begin to look atcontingency plans for the Master Fixtures programme, we will not be able to take definitive decisions in thiscontext until we have a clear picture of what restrictions we are likely to be operating under at various points inthe year ahead.
Rest assured however, that once clarity is provided by Government and Public Health Authorities on the likelyroad ahead for societry generally and sport in particular, the GAA willfollow with its own roadmap and plan forour own activities at both inter-county and club level, that will cover whatever time is available to us for theremainder of the year.
We know these latest developments will come as a great disappointment to all those who are anxious to resumetheir Gaelic Games involvement, be it on or off the field. While we remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic,there is significant cause for optimism that much better days lie ahead. The manner in which we have enduredand overcome thus far, both as individual members and as an Association generally, has been praised by manyand is a cause of great pride to us all. With your help we are certain that we will eventually have a fulfilling seasonat both club and county level in 2021, just as we had in 2020.
Finally, we would again like to take this opportunity to thank our members, players, coaches, managers andofficers at all levels for their patience and understanding of the current situation and for co-operating with all ofthe restrictions that have been put in place. We want to remind you all again that we will prepare a revisedMaster Fixture Calendar and plan for the remainder of 2021once a new Government road map for society andsport is made available.
Sean Ó hÓraín
Tomás Ó Riain