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A little bit of history to be repeated

THE venue for this year’s Connacht final may be novel but it is not unprecedented. All of 98 years ago the replayed provincial final of 1922 between Galway and Sligo was also contested at Croke Park on the last day of September in 1923. As was common in those times, the match in question, which was played in late September […]

Crowd of 5,000 to be allowed attend Connacht final?

On a rather chaotic and negative news day from a Covid-19 point of view, this morning’s report by John Fogarty in the Irish Examiner (here) that crowds of at least 5,000 might be allowed at this year’s provincial finals had the feel of a development swimming strongly against the tide. There’ll be 8,000 punters in Croke Park this Saturday for […]

Another Covid blow

The latest GAA-related Covid news – broken this evening by RTÉ’s Damian Lawlor (report here) – comes as a huge blow to everyone who may have been expecting a resumption of inter-county action within any kind of reasonable timeframe this year. In short, the GAA were informed by the Government earlier this week that their inter-county action, as well as […]

Delayed return to action on the cards

The fall-out from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to be felt right across society in Ireland and around the world. Needless to say, the GAA is affected in the same way as other sectors and, with Level 5 Covid restrictions now confirmed to remain in place until at least the early days of March, the start of the 2021 inter-county […]

2020, meet 1920 … and 1922

It’s funny the way things go. Earlier this year, when the Covid-19 pandemic had wiped all live sporting activity, as well as so much more besides, from the map, I went scrabbling for the record books to see if I could find a comparable year, one in which the Championship hadn’t been contested. I had to go back all the […]

Sligo’s withdrawal undermines integrity of Covid era Championship

I guess it was only a matter of time. While the daily Covid-19 infection rates are once more on the decline, there have been a number of outbreaks within GAA county panels in recent weeks and at some point this trend risked making it impossible for a county to field a team in a Championship game. That happened last night […]

Window closing for inter-county Championships

Since the decision was made back in June to push the resumption of inter-county action back to the final quarter of the year, there hasn’t been a whole load of speculation about whether or not it might even be feasible for county teams to take to the field again before the year is out. In recent days, though, the focus […]

Reality bites on reopening plans

The new Government’s announcement yesterday evening that elements of Phase 4 of the Covid-19 reopening programme were being put on hold has come as a bit of a reality check. Within the GAA world, the measure that’s of most concern is the decision not to proceed for now with lifting the maximum allowable number for mass gatherings from 200 to […]

Inter-county fixtures published

The GAA have this morning published details of their plans for this year’s inter-county fixtures, following the expected return to play at county level in October. You’ll find full details published by the GAA here. On the football side of things there are no major surprises in the fixture list, as the GAA’s proposals were well trailed in advance. There […]