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In Pictures: Competitive GAA Returns After Four-Month Hiatus

In Pictures: Competitive GAA Returns After Four-Month Hiatus

After a four-month break due to the Covid-19 lockdown, competitive football and hurling returned to pitches around Ireland on Friday.

Sportsfile photographers were at six games, including St Joseph's Rochfortbridge's Leinster colleges final win and East Belfast's first ever competitive game.

Naas CBS v St Joseph's SS, Rochfortbridge - Leinster GAA Colleges Senior A Football Final

Offaly groundsman and chief steward Jim Kelly, from Ballycumber, prepares the goal nets before the Leinster GAA Colleges Senior A Football final match between Naas CBS and St Joseph's SS, Rochfortbridge at Bord na Móna O'Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Devin Hill of St Joseph's SS celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Some of the Naas CBS substitutes look on from the terrace during the Leinster GAA Colleges Senior A Football final. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Liam Moran of St Joseph's SS celebrates after the Leinster GAA Colleges Senior A Football final. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

St Joseph's players and coaches celebrate with the cup after the Leinster GAA Colleges Senior A Football final. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Clonduff v Kilcoo - Down County Senior Football League

Clonduff players make their way to the pitch from the car park ahead of the Down County Senior Football League Division 1A match against Kilcoo at Clonduff Park in Newry, Down. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Clonduff kitman Anthony Morgan sanitises footballs. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Referee Brendan Rice sanitises his hands before heading onto the pitch. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A group of spectators watch on from outside the ground. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jerome Johnston of Kilcoo in action against, from left, Paul Lively, Shane McGreevy and Lorcan Branagan of Clonduff. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Niall Kane of Kilcoo misses a late free which could have tied the game. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Oulart the Ballagh v St Martin's - Wexford County Senior Hurling Championship

Oulart the Ballagh manager Liam Dunne is interviewed by Micheál O Domhnaill of TG4 prior to the Wexford SHC match against St Martin's at Chadwicks Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Security guard Gavin Nolan of South East Security. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Anthony Roche of Oulart the Ballagh in action against Ciaran Lyng of St Martin's. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

St Martin's manager John Meyler speaks to his players after defeating Oulart the Ballagh. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

St Michael's v East Belfast - 2020 Down GAA ACFL

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Jamie Mullen of East Belfast GAA puts his boots on in the back of his car. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Supporters look on during the Down GAA ACFL Division 4B match between St Michael's and East Belfast at St Michael's GAA Ground in Magheralin, Down. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Joseph McIlduff of St Michael's scores a goal. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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St Michael's manager Shea McCabe tussles with an East Belfast player. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

St Michael's manager Shea McCabe tussles with an East Belfast player. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Referee Gregory McCartan and Brian Morgan of St Michael's. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Tinahely v Kiltegan - Wicklow County Senior Football Championship
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Tinahely selector Shane Kenny, centre, with selector Tommy McDonald, left, and strength and conditioning coach Stephen Perry, right, before the Wicklow SFC Round 1 match against Kiltegan at Baltinglass GAA Club in Wicklow. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tinahely manager Alan Costello gives his teamtalk. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tinahely physiotherapist Will O'Neill with player Eoghan Byrne. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Padraig O'Toole of Kiltegan in action against Paddy O'Rourke of Tinahely. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Seanie Furlong of Kiltegan celebrates after an extra-time victory over Tinahely. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ratoath v Syddan - Meath County Senior Football League

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The scoreboard prior to the Meath County Senior Football League Division 1 Group C Round 1 match between Ratoath and Syddan at Sean Eiffe Park in Ratoath, Meath. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Gareth Rooney of Ratoath changes outside of the dressing room. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Referee David Coldrick with team captains Ciarán Ó Fearraigh of Ratoath, left, and Patrick Farrelly of Syddan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ratoath supporters watch from outside of the fence. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

See Also: 'First Real Test' Of Paul Galvin's Wexford Reign Led To Player Quitting

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