GAA

  • The GAA are now facing a race against time to have any kind of Championship in 2020.

    It's reported today that provincial club championships may not see the light of day due to the freeze on the calendar.

  • The GAA are expected to seek more information on the weekend comments by Health Minister Simon Harris that look like bringing closure on the 2020 championship season.

    Minister Harris said mass gatherings would be "highly unlikely" this year, with lots of sporting organisations awaiting the creation of a Covid-19 vaccine before a definitive return to action.

    The Irish Independent reports that the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) will host a fixtures webinar later today to guide procedural elements in changing championship structures.

    However, the meeting of county chairmen and secretaries will not feature a 'plan' or call to complete schedules by a given date to facilitate an inter-county programme this season.

  • The GAA are hoping to put more tickets on general sale for the All Ireland senior football semi final between Mayo  and Dublin,  once club allocations are finalised.

    Saturday's showdown is set to be an 82 thousand sell-out at Croke Park.

    Thousands of Mayo supporters were left disappointed yesterday, after queuing for hours in Supervalu and Centra stores across the county, and online at Tickets.ie

    Fans were queuing in stores across Mayo from before tickets went on sale at 10am yesterday morning, but the system seemed to go down several times during the day, leaving only a small percentage with tickets.

    Similarly for those who went online, many were left in a virtual queue for hours, only to be told in the late afternoon that there were no further tickets left online.

    Frustrated supporters contacted Midwest Radio throughout the day, and took to social media platforms to outline their anger at the system.

    The GAA has denied its system crashed, but says it was slowed down due to the unprecedented demand for semi-final tickets.

    The bulk of the tickets will go to GAA clubs, while about 7,000 season ticket holders across the two counties will also have to be accommodated.

    After that, a fresh batch of tickets is expected to go on general sale for Saturday's matches, which start at 3pm with the Mayo minors taking on Cork, followed by the senior showdown between Mayo and Dublin at 5pm.

     

     

     

  • The GAA are likely to reveal their tentative plans for the coming months later today.

    It's expected the remainder of this year's Allianz League campaigns will be cancelled, in a step mirrored by the LGFA yesterday.

    The tier-two Tailteann Cup could be deferred for a year if the GAA opt for a straight knockout football championship.

     

     

  • The GAA's management committee and county board chairs are to meet remotely today to discuss options around the All Ireland Championship during the pandemic.

    There is the possibility there may be no All-Ireland finals played in 2020.

    The Government had suggested a potential return date of 20 July for "sport team leagues", including Gaelic games, but there is the possibility there may be no championship played this year.

    Yesterday, Connacht GAA president Gerry McGovern, a member of the GAA's Management Committee, said the risks of a return to playing action in 2020 are too high, and instead he urged the Association to focus completely on the 2021 Championships.

  • Kildare and Mayo County Boards will each receive 1500 tickets for club distribution for Saturday’s All-Ireland Qualifier game between the sides in Newbridge.

    It follows the decision earlier to switch the game from Croke Park to Newbridge, after Kildare GAA said they would not play the game in Dublin, having been drawn out of the hat first on Monday morning.

    In a statement this afternoon the GAA confirmed the change and said that following discussions with the Kildare County Committee and An Garda Síochána in recent days, upgraded match-day and traffic management plans involving extra stewarding and Gardaí will be put in place to cater for the large crowds expected at the venue before the game.

    The GAA wishes to point out that the decision by the CCCC to fix the game for Croke Park originally was based on serious concerns around the health and safety of patrons attending the fixture. The CCCC has received assurances that these issues will be adequately addressed.

    The original capacity of 8,200 remains in place.

    Both county boards will receive 1500 tickets each for club distribution. The remainder will be used to meet the needs of players, season ticket holders and sponsors.

    The GAA has also confirmed that tickets purchased for the double header will not be valid for the refixture and a refund process from the point of purchase has been put in place.

    Supporters without tickets are urged not to come to St Conleth’s Park on Saturday.

    The GAA has also confirmed that the meeting of Cavan and Tyrone will now take place at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

    Tickets for the games will be priced at 20 euro for adults and 5 euro for juveniles.

     

     

    Statement from the GAA regarding Kildare v Mayo qualifier game: 

    The GAA can confirm that the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round Three meeting of Kildare and Mayo will take place in St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on Saturday evening at 7.00pm.

    Following discussions with the Kildare County Committee and An Garda Síochána in recent days, upgraded match-day and traffic management plans involving extra stewarding and Gardaí will be put in place to cater for the large crowds expected at the venue before the game.

    The GAA wishes to point out that the decision by the CCCC to fix the game for Croke Park originally was based on serious concerns around the health and safety of patrons attending the fixture. The CCCC has received assurances that these issues will be adequately addressed.

    The original capacity of 8,200 remains in place.

    Both Kildare and Mayo County Committees will receive 1,500 tickets each for club distribution. The remainder will be used to meet the needs of players, season ticket holders and sponsors.

    The GAA can also confirm that the meeting of Cavan and Tyrone will now take place at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

    Tickets purchased for the Croke Park double-header fixture will not be valid for these games and a refund process from the point of purchase has been put in place.

    Supporters without tickets are urged not to come to St Conleth’s Park on Saturday.

    Tickets for the new fixtures will be priced at €20/£18 (adults) and €5/£5 (juveniles).

     

     

     

     

  • GAA President John Horan has agreed to meet with representatives of the GPA.

    The Players Association is unhappy that new rule changes in football are to be trialed in next year's Allianz Leagues.

    The limiting of three consecutive hand-passes is the rule with which the GPA have the biggest problem, with 96 per cent of their membership believed to be against it.

    Horan is to meet with GPA President Paul Flynn, but says the GAA is not a "kneejerk organisation", and the decisions of Central Council are unlikely to be reversed so quickly.

  • All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final 
    Galway 1-30 
    Clare 1-30 AET 

    All-Ireland Minor Hurling Semi-Final 
    Galway 3-22 
    Dublin 0-16

    All-Ireland Minor Football Quarter Finals
    Kerry 2-16
    Roscommon 2-07 

    Meath 1-15
    Derry 1-10 

    Monaghan 2-11 
    Kildare 0-08 

  • The GAA has convened a 14-person COVID-19 advisory group.

     The association remains committed to producing club and inter-county championships this year, however the latter won't occur until October.

     With that in mind, counties have been instructed to suspend training for now.

     The GAA maintains there is no appetite within the association to play games behind closed doors, although that position may change.

     

  • The GAA say they will discuss possibly changing the structure of their competitions.

    They'll hold a Special Congress on Friday, having decided to postpone the start of this year's All Ireland championships, which were scheduled to begin next month.

    The GAA says senior inter-county championships will be postponed until further clarity on the current situation is available, but it's highly unlikely these games will be rescheduled anytime before July at the earliest.

    They also want the Allianz Leagues to reach their completion but may only play games that have an impact on next year's divisions.

    Meanwhile, GAA season ticket holders are not expected to receive refunds if the coronavirus pandemic forces the abandonment of the Allianz Leagues and/or Championship.


  • Five rule changes to Gaelic Football have been proposed by the GAA's Standing Committee on Playing Rules.

    Restricting the number of consecutive handpasses to three is the first of those proposed changes.

    They've also put forward the idea to re-introduce the sin-bin period of 10-minutes for players receiving a black card, or a second yellow card.

    Under their proposals, only two players from each team would be allowed between the two 45-metre lines at a kick-out.

    They're also seeking to expand the parameters of the rule surrounding the mark, and for sideline kicks to only be taken in a forward direction once they're outside the opponent's 13-metre line.

    If approved, the proposals could be trialled in next year's League campaign.

     

     

  • GAA supporters travelling to the Leitrim v Roscommon game in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow evening are being asked to enter the town from the Longford side where possible.

    Gardai have asked anyone who can possibly use the N4 on their way to the game to do so.

    Gardai and stewards will be on duty on the day and motorists are asked to be patient and leave themselves enough time to get there.

     

     

  • All gaelic games activities are to be suspended from midnight tonight.

    The GAA, Camogie Association, and the LGFA says the suspension affects all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades.

    The suspension will remain in place until March 29th.

     

     

  • The GAA will offer season ticket holders a partial refund, or a discount on 2021 season tickets if the season is cancelled.

    The association admit to changing the terms and conditions on season tickets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifying no refunds in the event that competitions were cancelled due to a pandemic or similar circumstances outside their control.

    The GAA insists it was within its rights to alter terms and conditions, but say this was to provide greater clarity and not an attempt to step back from its obligations.

    The GAA says the re-commencement of fixtures depends on Government directives and public health advice, and once more information is available in relation to the resumption or otherwise of GAA fixtures, they will be in contact with all season ticket holders.

  • The GAA will wait until Friday to make a decision on whether this weekend's League games will go ahead.

    There's a full round of fixtures slated for the Football League across Saturday and Sunday.

    While the final round of group games in the hurling league are set to be played on Sunday.

    If they're called off it could prove problematic, with no free weekends between now and the slated Division 1 Hurling Final date of March 24th. It could also prove problematic in Mayo's Division 2B Final, which is down for Sunday March 11th. 

     

  • The GAA's director general Tom Ryan insists that the re-opening of grounds must be safe.

    There have been calls in recent days to open the gates ahead of the current proposed date of July the 20th.

    However, Ryan says they're guided by concern for the safety of their members and added that the association's advisory group is working on a road-map for the return of activities.

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    The division 1 & 2 Allianz National Football League finals will be played in Croke Park on Easter Sunday.

    Roscommon and Cavan meet at 2 o’clock in the Division 2 final – that’s followed at 4pm by the meeting of Galway and Dublin in the Division 1 final.

  • Super 8's 
    Monaghan 0-16
    Galway 0-08 

    Kerry 3-25 
    Kildare 2-16 

     

  • FBD League Semi-Finals
    Galway 1-09 
    Mayo 1-09 

    Galway win 4-2 on penalties 

    Roscommon 2-18 
    Sligo 1-16 

     

  • Paddy Tally is the new Down senior football manager.

    It's the Tyrone native's first spell in senior intercounty management, but Tally has been part of several successful intercounty setups.

    He was on the backroom team for the Tyrone footballers when they won their first All-Ireland title in 2003, as well as helping out with Down when they reached the decider in 2010.

    More recently, Tally has worked under Kevin Walsh with the Galway footballers.

    He also managed St Mary's University College to the 2017 Sigerson Cup