THERE will be no official second-level GAA in Cork until January at the earliest.
With schools returning later this week in a very uncertain Covid-19 world, the organising committee for Cork Post Primary Schools GAA have opted to postpone all hurling and football competitions from U14 up to U19.
Already, the Munster PPS have revamped the prestigious Harty Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí as straight knockout instead of round-robin format in a bid to avoid their cancellation.
School sport on every level is under threat from Covid-19 restrictions with formal competitions on hold as teachers adjust.
A statement sent to schools on Monday explained: “School GAA activity is one of the bedrocks of the association. If offers a unique opportunity for rivals to become team-mates and for players of all abilities to play together in a way that is seldom, if ever, possible at club level.
“Without the hard work of teachers, the support of principals and the dedication of players, our games would be weaker. Hurling and football at post-primary level offers an outlet for young players to express themselves outside of the classroom while also helping them further their education within it.
“But the GAA is also all about community, about helping one another out and about keeping people safe.”
There is still hope official games could be held after Christmas, while it will be up to schools on an individual basis to decide if they want to still hold training after school.
“We live in a fluid world. We will keep a close eye on developments over the course of the next few months and hopefully, as everyone strives to find a new way of living with Covid-19, we will be in a position to get back on the fields of Cork in the new year.”