The GAA’s Director of Games Administration Fergal McGill has said that the GAA Inter-County Championship season could still conclude on schedule in August so long as games were allowed to return by the middle of June.
Speaking with Des Cahill on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland in the last few minutes he said that as things stand the scheduled date of the Championship start on the island of Ireland on May 9th and 10th was still in place and that no speculative decision on changing that would be made until the week of April 19th when the lastest Government restrictions would be either extended or eased.
He expressed the hope that the scheduled Final Dates in mid and late August for the Hurling and Football Senior Championship Finals would be adhered to bearing in mind the equal importance of allowing clubs across all 32 counties to complete their own Championship seasons.
Allowing for the fact that teams would need a minimum of two weeks to prepare that would put any revised schedule starting mid-June as requiring a return to action from the end of May.
Optimistically, that period of two and a half months of effective shutdown mirrors the time that china has spent in that phase and is now emerging from.
McGill would not be drawn on whether the Championship structures in that circumstance would be changed but he did concede that it was possible the provincial Championships would be held on a knock out basis, possibly with some form of back door entry. This would be most relevant for the hurling Championship which has thrived via two mini-league setups in Munster and Leinster / Connacht in recent years.
The games in new York against Mayo and in London against Roscommon have been postponed and no confirmation has been made yet on whether they will be rescheduled.
Join us later today when as part of our 4@4 afternoon content release we will be looking at potential schedules for completing all four of the Senior Gaelic Games Championships given a range of dates.
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