Following this evening’s Government announcement, the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association release statements welcoming test events for spectators
Earlier this evening, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming months. And spectators of football, hurling and camogie will be warmed by the prospect of returning to grounds and stadiums in the future. All thanks to upcoming test events.
The GAA have welcomed this evening’s annoucement, and are in the process of contacting clubs with advice. Plans have now been approved that will see fans attend orgainsed test events. This sees crowds back at high profile games for the first time since early last year.
The weekend of June 19th/20th is penciled in for the Allianz League Final in Croke Park. And we could very well see supporters back in GAA HQ for it.
In a statement, the GAA said they are “delighted with confirmation of the planned return of spectators to our games on a pilot basis in the coming weeks”.
“The presence of supporters at our matches and the atmosphere they generate, are integral parts of the GAA experience. And we look forward to the staging of our games at all levels of association in the weeks and months ahead after what has been a challenging year to date for everyone.”
The Government has approved plans that will see spectators allowed to return to certain sports events in June – @MartyM_RTE gives a rundown of some of the trial events planned pic.twitter.com/fTXbOq7uSY
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) May 28, 2021
LGFA and Camogie Association mirror GAA sentiments
With the GAA welcoming the news, it comes as no surprise that both the LGFA and the Camogie Association are too overjoyed by today’s announcement.
Confirmed test events will include the Littlewoods National Camogie League Finals on June 20th. And the LIDL National Football League Finals will take place the following week starting June 26th.
The Camogie Association marked the announcement as “a huge honour” and “an endorsement of the immense effort from our fantastic volunteers and staff team across the country, to ensure that Camogie players safely returned to training and play amid covid restrictions this year”.
The LGFA said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming spectators to Croke Park on Saturday, 26 June, for what should be a very special occasion.”