Start of GAA season further delayed

The start to the 2021 inter-county GAA season has been further delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, although it is hoped that the National League season will be able to commence by the end of March.

When the GAA’s Covid committee met on Monday, they postponed making a decision on when training for county teams could resume or when the playing season can commence.

In a statement, the GAA said that it would be “irresponsible for the association to allow a return to collective training at this moment in time”.

 However, the Director-General of the GAA, Tom Ryan, sounded optimistic, saying that in light of the falling case numbers, he is now “very hopeful that the commencement of competitions in the month of March is a definite possibility”.

The delay is likely to push back the GAA season by at least a month. It is now likely that the All-Ireland finals will be played in August, and not July, as currently planned. The Covid committee will meet again in two weeks’ time to assess the situation as it is then.

The draws for the provincial championships for 2021 were due to have been made next week, but this too has now been deferred.