The GAA's response to Covid-19 has been terrific. Many of the GAA's most celebrated stadia are now testing centres. Many high-profile intercounty players are active fighting this disease as frontline medical staff. And even when stuck at home, players of all ages have found novel ways to stay active and entertained.
It's been great to witness people using the ample freetime provided by the lockdown to turn their own property into GAA pitches.
Gerard O'Kane started the movement last week up in Derry.
Hi folks. Its like Kevin Costner in the film ‘Field of Dreams’. Me and my bros and sister had many a battle down here for 25 years - now it’s the grandchildren time. Welcome to ‘Pairc Fal’. Official opening has been put back but we hope to be up and running soon 🏐🏐 🟢🟡🟢🟡 pic.twitter.com/i4mUbcrYLa
— Gerard O'Kane (@GerardOKane84) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile up in Ballybay, Monaghan footballer Dessie Ward has been documenting how he transformed a back field into a playable pitch. Ward, who made his Monaghan debut in 2017, was looking for a gaelic football outlet during the lockdown. He decided to build his own pitch.
Here's come the goalposts.
Leveling the playing field.
Fixing the divots.
And now with everything in place, a score from distance