GAA Action Makes Tentative but Winning Return

It was a weekend where a touch of normality returned to sporting grounds around the country as GAA Club Championships got going and live pictures of meaningful matches reappeared on screens.

In Wexford, there were familiar names and faces on the sidelines, if you could see them behind the masks.

Former County Managers John Meyler, this time last year at the head of Cork’s Senior team, and Liam Dunne were lined out opposite each other for St Martins and Oulart-the-Ballagh, while the following day Derek McGrath, the former Waterford Senior Manager took charge of Lee Chin and Faythe Harriers in their first-round match.

All the games took place in front of no more than 200 spectators with clubs handling tickets in the main by restricting them to family and friends of players.

Ballyboden and Kilmacud Crokes were on TG4 on Saturday afternoon while Dublin County Champions Cuala had their match streamed live by an innovative member of Thomas Davis who did not want to miss out on more of the Tallaght club members seeing their first game at Senior A level.

It is a challenge trying to ensure that all the protocols are put in place and that the games return in a safe fashion.

Knowing that there will be plenty willing to jump on any obvious breaches meant that everyone was willing to play ball.  It would have been easier if from today we had known that next weekend we could welcome back increased numbers of 500 but that is not to be for the moment so we carry on again with a limit of 200.

It’s not ideal but it’s an awful lot better than no action or a resurgence of the virus and a step back into tighter lockdown.

The GAA has called for the 500 increase to be brought in but public health will win and the letter from Wexford GAA pleading for special dispensation will have been put to one side as with many others.

That means that the Wexford Vice-Chair Micheál Martin will not to be able to call on his namesake in higher office to plead the case.

It was an important weekend on the road back and it passed without a hitch.  Let’s get ready to do the same all over again now next weekend.


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