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These supporters got the best view in Kanturk for the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship game. Picture John Tarrant

These supporters got the best view in Kanturk for the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship game. Picture John Tarrant

Kevin Smith, Kanturk and Kevin Roche, Banteer view the Duhallow Junior Football Championship game in Kanturk

Kevin Smith, Kanturk and Kevin Roche, Banteer view the Duhallow Junior Football Championship game in Kanturk

Tracy and Theresa Cremin, Boherbue attended the Duhallow Junior Football Championship game in Kanturk. Picture John Tarrant

Tracy and Theresa Cremin, Boherbue attended the Duhallow Junior Football Championship game in Kanturk. Picture John Tarrant

Gerry O’Sullivan sets up a Boherbue attack against Lyre in the Castlecor Potatoes Duhallow JAFC at Kanturk. Pictures John Tarrant

Gerry O’Sullivan sets up a Boherbue attack against Lyre in the Castlecor Potatoes Duhallow JAFC at Kanturk. Pictures John Tarrant

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These supporters got the best view in Kanturk for the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship game. Picture John Tarrant

The GAA action continues on the field though numbers in attendance are limited owing to Covid 19 restrictions.

Divisional and county championships commenced last weekend, no more than 200 people assembled at any one venue. For each game, places were allocated to players, coaches, officials and media with only a maximum of 80 tickets left available to fans.

Credit the teams and host clubs involved for they followed protocol and the highest safety precautions involved yet Kiskeam club Chairman Billy Dennehy spoke of a scenario that resembled supporters seeking tickets for an All Ireland Final in their all North Cork showdown against Mallow in the Co. SFC.

"It was a scramble for the few tickets available, just like an All Ireland Final when tickets would be like hen's teeth to secure. We have a lot to be thankful for the games, players champing at the bit to get on the field but it took a balancing act in an attempt to get as many of our supporters to the game", he said.

"Nobody could foresee such a scenario, supporters lucky enough to secure a ticket had to enter a draw in many clubs. I'm sure those tickets were photographed and will be treasured", said Billy.

In an effort to ease the disappointment of supporters and those staying at home during the current pandemic, many clubs streamed their own game on social media much to the enjoyment of fans.

Cork GAA Chairperson Tracy Kennedy has called for the Government to reassess its decision to retain the restriction until August 10 when clubs involved in action will hope limits will be extended to 500.

"Unfortunately, the 200 limit means that we will have a maximum of 80 tickets available for supporters when teams and officials, host venue staff, media and other essential personnel are covered. These will be offered to season/premium ticket holders initially, with the remainder divided evenly between the participating clubs", she said.

"For supporters, it's a deeply unsatisfactory situation and I certainly hope logic will prevail in terms of increasing the numbers who can go to games", she added.

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