The Camogie Association have been forced to restructure the Liberty Insurance Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships after being advised by Government that only one adult team per county, per code, can compete in the All Ireland Championships.
The direction was received late on Thursday night from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media that only the Senior intercounty team in each county could now be accommodated within the competition structures for this year’s All-Ireland.
This will result in the removal of 10 ‘second’ teams from the Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships.
Galway, Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary had teams in the Intermediate Championship while Clare, Wexford, Offaly, Waterford and Limerick.
Armagh and Roscommon are now the only two teams left in the Junior Championship, while eight remain in the Intermediate level.
Fixtures will be redrawn upon confirmation of participation from the teams involved, and details of revised fixtures will be issued next week.
In a statement issued today, The Camogie Association said
“We appreciate that this news will come as a great disappointment to all players, management teams and volunteers involved with the teams affected, who have trained and prepared for many weeks to compete in this year’s competitions.”
“These steps have been taken however to ensure compliance with Government direction and that our games can continue during the current COVID-19 restrictions across the island of Ireland.”
“It is imperative that we all play our part in the coming weeks to play our games in a safe environment and we remind all involved in our games to remain vigilant in ensuring that the highest standards are maintained in relation to COVID-19 health and safety protocols at our games.”
The All-Ireland Senior Championship will proceed as originally planned.
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