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Watch: Joe Brolly Thinks GAA On 'Borrowed Time' With Inter-County Season

Watch: Joe Brolly Thinks GAA On 'Borrowed Time' With Inter-County Season

The inter-county season got back underway today, with a number of games taking place at various codes throughout the country.

It was great to see games taking place, but there is a sense that it may not be the case for too much longer.

The worsening Covid-19 situation in the country has the cast the 2020 championships into doubt, with many feeling holding a number of fixtures around the island is not viable at the moment. Leitrim conceding their game against Down is just one example of the current issues.

It remains to be seen how things will go in the coming weeks, but Joe Brolly admitted he is thrilled to see inter-county action return. Appearing on Eir Sport ahead of Dublin's meeting with Meath, he did admit that the GAA could be forced to postpone fixtures in the not too distant future.

The key is to try and find the balance, of course the GAA will follow the science.

We were thrilled to get the club championships. They made such an enormous difference, to the older people particularly, in the community. Obviously we had the unfortunate, but inevitable, euphoria at the end of those club championships.

People were gathering together who may not have seen each other in a long time, they weren't even able to go to the games because there were no spectators at that time. The GAA had no alternative then.

This is a slightly different thing. I think we are probably on borrowed time, but it's terrific that we're playing the game.

It's a very important social outlet for people at home watching the game, being able to see the games, able to feel connected again, that there's something in society that inspires them and enlivens them again.

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Many are using the scenes after various county finals around the country as examples of why a return for the GAA may not be the wisest idea, but Marc Ó Sé thinks the inter-county fixtures are not really comparable.

He believes that there will be enough done by the various parties to ensure the games are as safe as possible.

What you've got to understand is that these games were there was all this excitement, these were county finals throughout every county in Ireland.

Not just senior, there was junior, intermediate, ladies, men. An amount of county finals took place.

These are National League games, Championship is going to take place. There's plenty of stewards in the ground. I think it's a completely different environment.

I think players are not taking risks. Looks, it's great that football is back.

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