The three associations agree a joint statement following the governments views on the Coronavirus situation
Earlier today, and following Leo Varadkar’s announcement on behalf of the government in relation to the continuing Coronavirus outbreak, The GAA, Camogie Association and the LGFA have issued a joint statement in relation to the cessation of all their sporting activities.
“In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.”
“This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades.”
“We will continue to liaise with Government officials and review the situation between now and the end of the month, assessing the impact of these measures on our competitions.”
“In the meantime, the Association is encouraging all members to continue to follow the guidelines which have been provided by the Health Authorities.”
Dublin Fixtures affected by the suspensions
All codes are equally affected by this announcement. And it will put pressure on each organisation to cover the number of back fixtures that the situation will create.
Obviously the Dublin Senior Footballers were due to play Meath this weekend in Croke Park in the Allianz League. The following week would have seen them make the trip to Salthill for their final round game against Galway. And had they have won both could have been involved in the League Final on March 29th.
And of course on St. Patrick’s Dat Dublin’s U20 Footballers were due to face Tyrone in the All Ireland Semi Final in Croke Park.
The Dublin Senior Ladies were looking at two away trips during this period. Donegal were to be their opponents on March 22nd and Westmeath on March 29th. There is however a three week gap to the Lidl League Final. And hopefully that will give enough time to play the games if the suspension is lifted.
In other Ladies Football competitions, Dublin’s Minors, U16’s and U14 all had Leinster Championship games scheduled in the coming weeks. The U14’s have been already hit with bad weather stopping their Blitz from happening the last few weeks.
In Camogie, the Dublin Minor panel had built up a head of steam in their All Ireland Competition, and would have had three more games under their belts by March 28th. So it will be interesting to see the knock on effect that this black out time period will have.
As always, all of us here at We Are Dublin GAA will keep you up to speed on any announcements in the coming weeks. Just stay tuned and stay safe.