After this evening’s government address, there is some light at the end of a very long tunnel for the GAA

GAA potential return to action

At 6:30 this evening the nation tuned in to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. And he gave a further update on the current COVID-19 outbreak and the potential road map for the future. And for the GAA, there certainly appears to be a line in the sand for the beginning of the end.

By the end of July, team sports including Gaelic Games could see a return to action. But it will be in front of limited crowds. And as such would see the country begin to return to the new normal.

In a five phase plan, the government hopes to gradually bring the country into recovery from the coronavirus. The outbreak has seen Ireland come to a standstill for the past 2 months. As it stands part of phase three would see sports commence behind closed doors. But thats provided those participating can practice social distancing protocols.

But it’s phase four that GAA supporters will be keeping a close eye on, with the hope of being back in a stadiums around the country for some football and hurling championship action.

The GAA’s Management Committee will most likely meet next week. And they’ll scrutinize the plans by the Government. Following the recent Special Congress recently, the committee were handed the powers to change the scheduling and structure of the Championship.

While the five phase plan outlined by the government has set dates for the commencement of each phase, the Taoiseach has warned that they may be forced to step back in phases should the easing of restrictions interfere with the country’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak.