Action from a recent challenge match between   Lusmagh  and  Meelick-Eyrecourt at Lusmagh in Co Offaly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Crowds of 200 allowed for first weekend and no spectators initially for games in North

Liam Ryan: looks set to miss out on the Wexford county hurling championship due to a stress fracture in his foot. Photograph: Bryan Keane

National officials reiterate any complaints received will be vigorously pursued

Dean Rock scores a free during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game against Monaghan at  Croke Park on February 8th. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dublin star on why he had to change his free-taking practice regime

Ger Loughnane celebrates Clare’s 1995 Munster final win over Limericl. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Ger Loughnane’s side ended 63 years of hurt 25 years ago after a final win over Limerick

Armagh fans spill on to the Croke Park pitch after their win over Tyrone in the  Ulster SFC Final replay in July 2005. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Return of intercounty action will come too late for province’s financial year

John Maughan is preparing for Offaly’s return to action. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Offaly boss 'This is a little bit like the foot-and-mouth league - the Covid All-Ireland'

GAA president John Horan. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Clubs asked to report incidents; measures likely to be taken against officials and managers

2019 All-Ireland final referee David Gough has said he does not wish to be considered for match appointments while social distancing is still in place. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

David Gough among those to express concerns about taking up the whistle again

Shane Dowling consistently made often sensational interventions in big matches for Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

He has a claim to be the most influential replacement in the history of hurling

Wexford hurling great Jack Harding has died aged 87. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Full forward’s career was brief but burned brightly as he helped shock Tipp in 1960

Either Tyrone or Donegal will fall at the first hurdle in this year’s Championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A fractious few months are on the horizon as association incentivises bad behaviour

Professor Mary Horgan has described the risks involved in the return to play as “very, very low”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Prof Mary Horgan says benefits of return of Cúl Camps outweigh small risk factor

Jack McCaffrey celebrates Dublin’s 2019 All-Ireland final replay win over Kerry. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dessie Farrell must prepare for life without junior doctor and former Player of the Year

Jack McCaffrey  lifts Sam Maguire in 2019. He is reportedly leaving the Dublin panel ahead of the 2020 Championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dessie Farrell to be without former Footballer of the Year as Dubs chase six-in-a-row

Tom Ryan: “If we need to put in measures, safeguards, protocols in around what is doing our business correctly, we will look at that and we will consider it then.” Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Lack of appropriate sanctions for counties breaching directives acting as an incentive

Croke Park: There will be a commemoration on the centenary of Bloody Sunday, November 21st, which falls on a Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Busy timetable will see games scheduled from mid-October all the way to Christmas

Clare’s Aron Shanagher in action against Richie McCarthy of Limerick during an All-Ireland qualifier at Semple Stadium in 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tipperary will await the winner in Munster while Wexford face Galway in Leinster quarter-final

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny in 2019. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

After months of uncertainty you can now mark the calendar for 2020

The All-Ireland finals in hurling and football are scheduled to be held in December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Live draws for Munster and Leinster are scheduled to be televised on the Six One News

Meath’s  Colm O’Rourke with Eamonn Heary  of Dublin during the four-game Leinster championship saga of 1991. Photograph: Inpho

Widespread national appeal of televised live games became clearly evident in 1991

Ireland’s Andy Townsend, Kevin Sheedy (centre) and Steve Staunton after Sheedy’s equalising goal against England. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The whole trip to Sardinia was like being beamed up and down in Star Trek

 Sean Lowry and Mick Lowry lift the Sam Maguire for Offaly after they avenged the 1981  final defeat a year later to dash Kerry’s dream of five-in-a-row of All-Ireland triumphs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Epochal hurling titles for Galway and Offaly and Kerry’s four-in-a-row rare highlights in a dark era

Former priest and Galway hurler Iggy Clarke. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Discouraged from games, young priests often won All-Irelands under assumed names

Dublin club Clanna Gael Fontenoy are nearing the end of the world this weekend. Photo: Inpho

Virtual journey by club members started last Saturday and will finish on Sunday

There’s not the remotest chance that county panels aren’t or won’t be up to surreptitious preparations in the absence of official sanctions. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Why do units within GAA need to subvert regulations in pursuit of advantage?

Declan Hannon, Sarah Dervan, Sean Wade, Sinead Ahearn and Michael Murphy at the launch of last year’s Cúl Camps. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Details of this year’s camps and how they will operate have been released by the GAA

Controversy had arisen over reports that Wexford and Waterford were going to end their hurling championships early. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Association says 11-week window is being undermined by intercounty demands

Croke Park opened up to rugby and soccer in 2005. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

The first official All-Ireland club finals took place and the beginning of the All Stars

   Derelict Casement Park in Belfast, Co Antrim  hasn’t seen a match since Monaghan beat Antrim there seven years ago. Photograph: Liam McBurney

Croke Park’s coffers are bare and the gate receipts are not there for counties

The GAA has unveiled their  Safe Return To Gaelic Games Protocol. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Timeline starts to take shape with championship return set for mid-October

GAA grounds can reopen for non-contact training on June 29th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grounds to reopen for non-contact training on June 29th

Clubs set to reopen later this month with competitions returning in August

Waterford players watch the minor game ahead of the round-robin game against  Limerick at Walsh Park last June. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

We will miss the fascination of watching the bigger picture take shape in the championship

Armagh and Dublin teams parade behind the Artane Boys Band before the start of the 2002 All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Year saw creation of two most powerful elements: Croke Park and the games themselves

Dick Clerkin chairs the GAA medical, scientific and welfare committee and is also on the association’s Covid-19 advisory group. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

‘Comprehensive plan’ for possible staging of Cúl Camps will also be outlined

The GAA has confirmed that the walkways around many of its club grounds will reopen on June 8th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Review will be undertaken when Phase Three of Government roadmap is implemented

Aidan O’Shea: ‘We want to train and work as best we can as individuals, as a team and provide the best product on the football pitch’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

'I find it hard for the players in this argument. We’re not asking for professionalism'

Director general of the GAA Tom Ryan says Cúl Camps still have a chance of going ahead this summer. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Director general Tom Ryan says summer Cúl Camps still have a chance of going ahead

Dessie Farrell: coronavirus pandemic has ensured a particularly challenging first year for the new Dublin management team led by  Dessie Farrell. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former coach believes pandemic may mean ample time to refresh serial champions

All three All-Ireland finals in 1956 were delayed due to a polio outbreak in Cork.

For decades TB stalked Ireland like a spectre and claimed a number of GAA players

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín with Gerald McCarthy in 2008. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former hurling captain was speaking on the Sunday Game about incidents in 2000s

Kilcoo’s Aidan Branagan is tackled by Conor Cunningham of Corofin during the All-Ireland club senior football final at Croke Park on January 19th. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stance of no matches with social distancing could begin to come under pressure

Former Down All-Ireland winner John Murphy has died. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Newry Shamrocks player won an All-Ireland in 1968 and was also part of coaching set-up in 90s

Cork manager Billy Morgan told his players to get down on their knees and pray they would face Meath again later that year in the championship. File photograph: The Irish Times

Cork's 1990 football and hurling double gave the GAA a landmark in a challenging year

The England team sing God Save the Queen prior to the Six Nations game against Ireland at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The decision to open Croke Park up to rugby and soccer went right down to the wire in 2005

Tullamore man scored a goal from 50 yards out in 1972 All-Ireland replay against Kerry

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn and Conor Cleary of Clare during the drawn 2018 All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park which was shown again recently on The Sunday Game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA will need to be more proactive if it’s not to undermine one of its few promotional tools in 2020

A few simple words from Seán Cavanagh in an interview has seen him come in for abuse on social media. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Former Tyrone captain has been an impeccable ambassador for an inclusive Ireland

Over  40 per cent of those surveyed were either uncertain about (21pc) or opposed to (22pc) a return to club training and matches before a vaccine for coronavirus is discovered. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Of the 3,008 players who responded to last week's survey, 22 per cent are opposed to returning

John Horan: “I would hate to think when all this is over that as an organisation we would have made a decision that cost any family a member of their family.”  Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

President says association faces a €50 million loss of revenue this year with no matches

Michael Lyster presenting The Sunday Game in 1990. Photograph: Inpho

Worried about the effect on attendances, many in the GAA took their time to warm to live broadcasts

Former GAA President Liam O’Neill hopes some changes can be made over the current period. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Former president says group could be set up to deal with various different matters

The GAA confirmed on Wednesday that no intercounty action is likely to take place until October at the earliest. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Announcement on Wednesday put paid to any thoughts of matches before October

The core issue is whether Gaelic games can be played while social distancing continues to be a public health requirement. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All public utterances from the GAA have been consistent in prioritising health and safety

How can the advice to maintain a two-metre gap between people be compatible with playing field sports?

Government plan appears to regard spectators as the only threat or vulnerability

‘It appears increasingly unlikely that there will be a significant programme of inter-county GAA games before the end of the financial year [October 31st] due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency,’ said a statement from the GAA. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Association says it will make every effort to reimburse employees affected by cuts

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien  in action in the All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final in  Croke Park last year. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry player says side would be okay with playing behind closed doors if it was option

GPA chief executive Paul Flynn has briefed members on the outlook for a return to action. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘It is our view that this current period should be used as downtime’

Noel Walsh, one the GAA’s most influential figures, has died from pneumonia caused by Covid-19. Photograph: Inpho

The former army colonel was widely respected as one of the GAA’s most influential reformers

GAA president John Horan said the GAA is now  thinking about concluding the 2020 championship next year if necessary. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Allowing the championship to run into 2021 would require a truncated format

Donegal’s manager Declan Bonner celebrates after the Ulster Final victory over Cavan in Clones last summer. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bonner’s men have been knocking on the door of the game’s top level for the past two seasons

GAA President John Horan has said this year’s Championship could be carried over into 2021. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA president also dismissed story that return to training is being considered

Kieran Fitzgerald in action for Corofin in the AIB  All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final against Kilcoo at  Croke Park. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

39-year-old won six All-Ireland medals between county and club

This summer’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are still scheduled to go ahead with contingencies in place if they have to be cancelled. Close to 160,000 children took part in te camps last summer. Photograph:  David Maher/Sportsfile

Ex-Sligo footballer Charlie Harrison on plans in place if camps have to be shelved

Gough won All-Ireland titles with Wexford and his native Kilkenny; news comes after recent death of Joe Harney

GAA special congress has voted to hand emergency powers to the association’s management committee. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Move will allow management make swift decisions if Gaelic games get go-ahead to restart

GAA director general Tom Ryan estimates the potential cost of losing the championship as in the region of €60 million. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Potential cost of losing the championship put in the region of €60m by director general

Offaly line up before a game against Longford in January. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Inspirational figure who paved the way for 1971 and ’72 success died last week aged 89

The GAA have said the 2020 All-Ireland Championships won’t start until July at the earliest. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Association also confirm all club activity to remain suspended until at least May 5th

Nicky English changed the way he used substitutes during his time as Tipperary manager. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The move in 2000 to allow five subs rather than three has revolutionised the game

Kevin McManamon comes on for Paul Mannion during a Super Eights game against Donegal at Croke Park in 2018. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone were one of the frontrunners in the tactical use of replacements

The GAA is to hold a remote special congress next Friday, April 17th. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Congress on April 17th will focus on enabling scheduling decisions to be made for season

Mayo parade before the 2016 All-Ireland final against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway writer and broadcaster Jim Carney believes his county should ease their neighbours' pain

James McCarthy: His consistency and versatility has proved an enormous asset for Dublin over the past decade. Only he and Stephen Cluxton have started all seven of Dublin’s  All-Ireland successes. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A 30th birthday and captaining Dublin in the league highlights of a stalled season

November’s International Rules series has been called off - the last one was held in Australia in 2017 . Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Inevitable cancellation confirmed with both GAA and AFL facing big revenue losses

In these uncertain times, history reminds us that there has always been a future as well as the past

Tyrone’s Cathal McShane and Mattie Donnelly celebrate the victory over Dublin in the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Healy Park in Omagh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An abruptly interrupted league campaign still contains evidence for the future

Fintan died sadly young in a car crash but when I think of him I instinctively remember the 1970 World Cup final and the two of us as kids, definitively on the wrong side of history. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images)

In the first of a new series Seán Moran explains how difficult it can be choosing just one moment

Conor Connelly passed away suddenly on Saturday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wing forward was a crucial part of Roscommon side that won 2001 Connacht title

Mayo’s Ciaran Treacy celebrates scoring a late goal against Kerry at the Allianz Football League Division 1 final at Croke Park on March 31st, 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish language channel which pioneered league coverage is losing biggest audiences

Enda Smith’s Roscommon are defending Connacht champions - their opening fixture against London has been cancelled. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Feargal McGill hoping to keep All-Ireland final dates if play can resume by mid-June

Gary Fahy of Galway lifts the Sam Maguire in 2001, the year when the GAA had to cope with the disruption caused by  the foot-and-mouth crisis. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Association has greater flexibility than other sports but no solution for uncertainty

Páraic Duffy chaired the the GAA’s Games Administration Committee at the time of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former director general was chair of GAC at time of foot-and-mouth outbreak 19 years ago

Clare manager Brian Lohan on the sideline at Cusack Park in Ennis for the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game against Dublin at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brian Lohan’s team building will have to wait after fine showing in the Leagues

Niall Moyna: “In the last 15 years I’ve yet to walk away from a championship game saying, ‘that team lost because they weren’t fit enough’?”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Professor says fitness levels unlikely to rank highly as a major concern as pandemic progresses

Galway last played New York in 2015. Photo: Andy Marlin/Inpho

Championship meeting between London and Roscommon may still go ahead on May 2nd

Pádraig Joyce’s side have been impressive in the league so far. Photo: Keith Wiseman/Inpho

Fixture may be cancelled altogether with uncertainty as to how schedule can be redrawn

A closed Croke Park after Irish sport was brought to a halt by coronavirus. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A truncated 2020 Championship has pragmatic appeal but also financial drawbacks

Galway: Successive victories over Cork and Tipperary   left the hurling faithful in the county greatly heartened. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Competition may be effectively over but Shane O'Neill can be happy with progress

The re-introduction of a knock-out format for the All-Ireland championships may well be considered. Photograph: Inpho

There may be no option but to defer the introduction of the Taliteann Cup until 2021

Tipperary’s Ronan Maher and Cian Darcy with Galway’s Conor Cooney and Conor Whelan. Hurling receipts are going to be down this year because of the redrawing of Division 1. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

So much effort has gone into championship format that there is no room for manoeuvre

Kerry selector Donie Buckley at the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final between Kerry and Tyrone at Croke Park on August 11th, 2019.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA News: Renowned coach’s addition to management ticket was a forced marriage

Mayo GAA have issued an online statement about how they are responding to the spread of Covid-19. The westerners are due back in Pearse Stadium in Galway on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Association will be directed by public health authorities on staging of fixtures

Tyrone’s Conor Meyler and Dublin’s James McCarthy scuffle during the Allianz Football League Division 1 game at  Healy Park in  Omagh. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

CCCC investigation unable to identify those responsible for half-time incident

Kerry U-20s celebrate their Munster final win over Cork at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Controversial switch 'makes no sense' says last year's All-Ireland winning manager

Conditions at Healy Park in Co Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Committee to review fixture list but giving space to club game remains a priority

2020 GAA Congress, Croke Park, Dublin Photograph: ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

It’s a wonder the GAA continues to find experts willing to volunteer for anything

GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan speaking at the GAA Congress in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Proposal to introduce black card for hurling to control cynical play defeated by 82% to 18%

Tim O’Leary had tweeted calling for the sacking of James Horan. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

County cut ties with financier last week after he tweeted calling for James Horan’s sacking

Offaly GAA chairperson Michael Duignan speaks at GAA Congress. Photo: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

GAA Congress voted unanimously for the competition to grow to six counties

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