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Confirmed: We Now Have An Official Date For The GAA's Return

Confirmed: We Now Have An Official Date For The GAA's Return

The GAA have set out a timeframe for its return, with club action set to return on July 31st, with inter-county competitions to begin no sooner than October 17th.

In their 'Gaelic games safe return roadmap', the GAA have given a detailed plan on the return of the sport.

Clubs are free to return to small sided training from June 29th, with club competitions set to resume on July 31st. A limited number of spectators could be allowed at those games depending on Government guidelines. The club season will conclude by October 11th.

Inter-county teams may return to training no earlier than September 14th, with October 17th the earliest date for competitions to resume.

This roadmap also applies to Ladies football and camogie.

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It is expected that a full inter-county calendar will be confirmed on June 29th.

Clubs can return to outdoor collective training on July 20th, although measures such as individual water bottles and the use of hand sanitiser must be taken. Indoors facilities will not be opened until August 10th, which coincides with Stage 5 of the Government's national plan.

The GAA say this plan remains fluid and could change depending on Government directives.

Key Dates

June 29: Inter-county competitions calendar announced.

June 29: GAA pitches re-open - club teams can train in small groups while maintaining social distancing.

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July 20: Full team training can resume.

July 31: All club adult & juvenile competitions resume.

August 10: Access to indoor facilities allowed.

September 14: Inter-county teams resume training.

October 11: Club championships to be concluded.

October 17: Earliest date possible for inter-county competitions.

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Gary Connaughton

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