Counties have today been informed that they will only be able to enter one team into this year's All-Ireland Camogie Championships, resulting in as many as ten teams being withdrawn from the Intermediate and Premier Junior competitions.
A number of counties in the Senior competition opt to enter 'second' teams into the lower tier competitions, giving players who do not make the senior panels an opportunity to play at an inter-county level.
However, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have today recommended that all counties enter only one team into this year's championship due to the current public health guidelines.
The Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships will now have to be redrawn as a result.
In a statement released this afternoon, the Camogie Association said:
The Camogie Association have received direction from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in relation to the operation of the intercounty All-Ireland Championship competitions, due to the latest Public Health advice in relation to COVID-19.
Upon direction received yesterday evening (Thursday, October 22nd) it is with regret that we must announce restructuring of the 2020 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships.
The directions states that each county can now field just one team in the All-Ireland competitions in each code across Gaelic Games. Therefore only the Senior intercounty team in each county can now be accommodated within our competition structures for this year's All-Ireland Camogie Championships which will result in the removal of 10 'second' teams from our Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships...
We appreciate that this news will come as a great disappointment to all players, management teams and volunteers involved with the teams affected, who have trained and prepared for many weeks to compete in this year's competitions.
These latest restrictions from the Government will only affect Camogie, with no other association allowing second teams to be submitted into their All-Ireland championships.