GAA Clubs and Intercounty panels at adult and juvenile age-grades will be allowed to return to training in Northern Ireland from Monday, April 12th.

This is in line with the easing of Government restrictions north of the border. It had been thought likely that if the easing of restrictions in the Republic of Ireland were to take place along a similar timeline that the two would be aligned.

It is understood though that the Covid Advisory Group established by the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association now believes that if a return is permitted for some under public health guidelines that it should be taken up.

It is hoped that underage and inter-county training will be permitted from early April across the 26 counties as well, but a return to club activity for adult teams seems to be back on the longer-term horizon following a recent rise in cases of infection.

A government announcement on what sporting activities might be permitted from April 12th, when schools are expected to fully return, is scheduled to happen next week.

If this does allow for a full return to inter-county training it could unlock the playing of the Allianz, Lidl and Littlewoods National Leagues across the three codes in May, with Championship action following on from that in a shortened summer season.

Club Championships would then take place towards the latter part of the year, meaning that any advantage in terms of preparation and fitness would be long caught up by the time sides would meet across the two jurisdictions.

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