FOLLOWING on from the decision of the Cork County Senior Board to postpone all senior championship games in April Croke Park has now also announced the postponement of certain underage competitions for the year.
In a letter sent to all clubs in the last 24 hours it sees competitions like the national Féile not just postponed but officially cancelled for the year.
This will come as a massive disappointment for the young players, but considering the logistics involved in organing this event it is the right decision at this stage.
Also gone are the Celtic Challenge Cup and and activity involving academy squads, but not the inter-county minor championship.
Director General of the GAA, Tom Ryan stated: “As part of our collective efforts in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak, it is our intention to communicate with our units on a regular basis and keep you informed of developments as they happen.
“The GAA can confirm that a number of coaching and games initiatives will not proceed in light of the prevailing circumstances.
“These include the 2020 Féile competitions, the Celtic Challenge and activity involving academy squads.
“The association would like to reassure our members that when games activity re-commences we will provide an adequate games schedule for our players at all ages and grades.
“In the meantime, we are working on a unified approach for all of our units on the issue of Games Development and Administration personnel and will be liaising with our provincial councils and county committees in the coming days. Thank you for your combined efforts to date.
“These efforts have the potential to make a massive difference and it is in this vein that we ask you to continue to mobilise the GAA network and our wider membership in the interests of public health and the greater good."
This now means there will be no Féile qualifiers next month and also postponed, at present, from next month are the John Kerins cup and shield qualifiers.
Organisers of this competition said they will wait and see and hope that, pending a return to activity in May, they could still hold the finals in June.