As a country we have, I know, far weightier matters to be thinking about but, now that the sensible decision has been made to halt all GAA activity until, in the first instance, the end of this month, it raises the inevitable question about what the consequences are for competitive competitions this year.
The obvious retort to this is that we simply don’t know. The virus isn’t expected to peak here for several weeks and so there’s a strong likelihood that the current measures will be extended beyond the end of March. There’s a decent chance too that further, more drastic, moves will be ordered before too much longer.
It’s the unknown factor that makes it impossible to say with any certainty what’s going to happen in relation to the remainder of the League as well as the whole of the Championship this year. At one end of the scale both might yet be completed, at the other we may see no further action at all in 2020.
Absent much else in the sporting line to discuss there are a few articles in the papers today that are of interest in this respect. Here are the relevant links.
Paul Rouse in the Irish Examiner discussing the important of sport in the modern world – here.
John Fogarty in the Irish Examiner on what might happen to competitive action here in 2020 under different scenarios – here.
Seán Moran in the Irish Times on the options the GAA faces in light of the shutdown – here.
Colm Keys in the Irish Independent on what might happen to this year’s Leagues in football and hurling – here.
Colm Keys (again) in the Irish Independent on what’s likely to happen to the Tailteann Cup this year – here.
Kevin O’Brien in The 42 on what’s possibly going to happen with the various competitions this year – here.
I think it’s fair to say that all relevant bases have been covered in those pieces linked above. All we can be sure of is that, for now, everything is off and we’ve no idea when – or in what form – the action will resume this year.
Rest assured, though, that the blog will continue to chug along – albeit on low power – over the next while. If anyone fancies penning a guest post, then the timing for doing so right now is quite clearly good, with all those match-devoid days stretching out ahead of us. If you’re interested in doing this then just fling me a mail.
The Mayo News football podcast will also continue to churn out new output during the shutdown so it’d be a good idea to follow the podcast on Twitter (it’s here) to get early notice about what’s on the way there.
It’s also a good time to dip into past episodes of the podcast. The back catalogue, containing all episodes from the start of 2017 to the present, is here and if you need some guidance on how to get listening to the podcast you’ll find a useful primer on how to do so here.
Keep washing those hands. Up Mayo.