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Limerick and Dublin postpone all club GAA games fixed for April

Galway became the first county to scrap club fixtures in April last week.

A general view of Gaelic Grounds.
A general view of Gaelic Grounds.
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Updated Mar 16th 2020, 12:37 PM

DUBLIN COUNTY BOARD have joined Limerick in announcing their decision to postpone all club championship games fixed for April in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The GAA have suspended all activities until 29 March but a number of counties have club championship games fixed for the first weekend in April. 

Galway became the first county to scrap club fixtures in April last week when they postponed the opening round of senior and intermediate hurling championships fixed for the weekend of 4/5 April.

Yesterday evening, Limerick’s Competitions Control Committee have informed clubs that championship games in April will not take place as scheduled. They also said the current championship structures could be redesigned.

“Coiste Ceannais na gComortaisí Luimní have made the decision to postpone all club championship games fixed for this April,” said a Limerick statement.

“It is proposed that we will engage with the provincial council and National CCC with a view to restructure our games programme. This may include the redesign of the current formats. If so, we will engage with the clubs prior to any decision being made.

“In summary, the club championships in senior, premier intermediate, intermediate, all U21 and minor hurling and senior, intermediate and minor football will not proceed in the month of April.

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“County leagues will resume when sanction is approved by the statutory bodies.”

Dublin GAA have followed suit, with CEO John Costello confirming all grades of club championship games fixed for April have been postponed. 

“If the current pandemic continues beyond April it is proposed to engage with the Leinster Council and the National Competitions Control Committee with a view to restructuring our games programme for 2020. 

“This may include the redesign of the current formats. If so, we will engage with the clubs prior to any decision being made.

“Adult leagues will resume when sanction is approved by the statutory bodies.

“Please ernsure that your club teams are adhering to the directive that no training or games can take place at any level during this pandemic,” Costello added.

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