Both the Fitzgibbon Cup and Sigerson Cup are not expected to take place this year, with an announcement anticipated next week.
The GAA's third level committee will meet to decide the viability of the competitions, though it is expected that they will come to the conclusion that both competitions cannot be run given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19.
According to source close to the Irish Examiner, the running of either competition is impractical at the current juncture.
“The colleges that had students on campus, an awful lot of them have reverted to more stricter numbers of people on campus and limiting them as much as possible.”
Next up is our Team of the Year – UCC Fitzgibbon Cup team. Well done to all involved in the Fitzgibbon Cup this year. Retaining the Cup for a second consecutive year, while showing all the grit & character that only a defending team of champions could do, to retain their title pic.twitter.com/F8GhtVzDNw
— UCC Sport (@UCCSport) December 16, 2020
With the country currently under Level 5 lockdown restrictions, training and matches are inconceivable.
Even then, third level teams are only permitted to train in Level 3 restrictions, with matches only allowed under Level 2.
Both competitions usually take place at the start of the calendar year, usually finishing up in the middle of February. Given the record number of cases over the past couple of weeks, it is unlikely that we will even see a postponed Fitzgibbon or Sigerson Cup this year.
Sigerson Cup Champions 2020 pic.twitter.com/4Wbazf8UuO
— DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club (@DCUDocEirGAA) January 29, 2020
Last year, University College Cork took home the Fitzgibbon for the 40th time in their history, while in the Sigerson, DCU won their 5th crown.