People have been finding their own ways of keeping active and busy; walking, cycling, hiking, swimming. Open water swimming may be stretching it because only a small percentage of people are close to a beach.
The GAA have been having weekly meetings with government departments. Yet the GAA hierarchy were annoyed when, despite what had been agreed between both parties in principle, those agreements didn’t seem to be reflected by the public comments of some government officials.
Of course, everyone is still trying to look at the bigger picture, especially in rural communities. “In terms of mental fitness, the pitches around Ireland can give a lot,” said Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy recently. “Especially in rural Ireland, I think it’d be a massive win.”