With the country starting to open up and people once again beginning to move around more freely as the Covid-19 restrictions are slowly unwound, the notion of being able to see some live sporting action no longer appears all that fanciful.
If things continue on as schedule, then within the GAA there should be club matches played in August and September, with inter-county games mooted to start in mid-October. Before too long, by the looks of it, there’ll be the opportunity to get out and watch a game.
For most of us, the return to live action in the GAA is a hugely welcome development, heralding as it does the return to something approaching normality. Despite the first wave of the coronavirus having been quelled by the work and travel restrictions, however, concerns remain about a second spike in infections and all that this would entail.
With the restrictions coming off, it’ll be up to all of us to make our own decisions about how much we go out and with whom we come into contact. In this regard, some will be itching to see a match at the first possible opportunity but, for others, the notion of going into an environment where a large number of other people are congregated is one they can’t yet contemplate.
I thought – partly in light of GAA President John Horan’s comments the other evening about the size of crowds that might be allowed into Croke Park for matches later this year – that this would be an interesting question on which to test the temperature. So here goes.
The matches I’m including in this question are adult games of all kinds, both local club ones as well as inter-county fixtures. Let’s discount juvenile matches because, as parents, many of us will end up at these in any event in our various roles as drivers, supporters, mentors etc. So let’s concentrate on club and county adult fixtures and get your opinion on this question:
Would you attend a GAA match this year?
- Yes (69%, 744 Votes)
- No (31%, 333 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,077