A LONG-AWAITED return to competitive action on the field of play in the GAA world is nearing ever closer and preparations are well underway, including in the Muskerry region.
The 2020 Mid Cork championships are set to be run off commencing from the weekend of July 24-26.
Games are set to be allocated for Sunday nights and the Muskerry board will be following the same sequence as the County Board with how championship games are set to be scheduled.
So for example first up would be football championship games, then hurling on July 31 to August 3 and then hurling again on the following weekend.
Also, only the Mid Cork Junior A winners will progress to the County Championship stage this year.
This means there is plenty at stake in these Muskerry championship clashes and that there are plenty of keenly contested affairs to look forward to.
“Everyone is chomping at the bit, especially when everyone thought we wouldn’t have GAA in 2020,” said Muskerry GAA PRO Kevin Murphy to The Echo.
“Sunday nights are going to be very busy, because there is going to be a lot of competitive fixtures in the Muskerry Division. So everyone is excited and looking forward to it.”
Through the return of GAA activity, preparations are well underway by Muskerry clubs, with training and challenge games presently being used to sharpen teams up ahead of the championship.
There are no plans to conclude the County U21 football competition. Divisions such as Muskerry it is understood are welcome to complete their own internal competitions at their discretion.
The decision regarding an U21 club hurling competitions will be considered at a later date.
Meanwhile, on the County Championship scene, there are a number of tasty ties down to be played on the opening weekend of clashes on July 24-26. The Premier Senior Football clash between Ballincollig and St Finbarr instantly catches the eye.
In Senior A Football, the Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh v St Michael’s and Éire Óg v Bantry Blues ties look like being interesting opening duels.
Local rivals Naomh Abán and Cill Na Martra face off in the opening contest of the Premier Intermediate, with Macroom playing against Kanturk.
In the Intermediate grade, Aghabullouge have an opening assignment versus Kildorrery to look forward to, while Ballinora go up against Glenville.
Meanwhile, Muskerry have decided not to enter football and hurling sides into the Cork County championships for 2020, with the understanding being it was felt there was no point with the club championship going to be six weekends out of seven.
Between Muskerry and County Championship action, it is going to be a very busy few weeks ahead with a lot of high stake encounters.