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The first round of county championship action, set to get underway in the first week of April, has been "postponed en bloc"

The first round of county championship action, set to get underway in the first week of April, has been "postponed en bloc"

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The first round of county championship action, set to get underway in the first week of April, has been "postponed en bloc"

The first round of county championship action, set to get underway in the first week of April, has been "postponed en bloc" as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Cork GAA County Board announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Páirc Uí Chaoimh authorities met by video-conference on Tuesday (St Patrick's Day) and came to the decision, which will see all the first round games in Premier Senior, Senior A, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate A and Lower Intermediate Championships in both football and hurling, as well as the County stages of the U-21 football competitions and the County Junior B and C competitions postponed.

The unprecedented move will leave Board officers in a real bind as regards the eventual scheduling of the competitions. A decision on that won't be made in the short to medium term for obvious reasons.

In their statement the officers of the County Board offered the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the HSE as a potential testing facility for the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The Executive of Cork County Board met via video-conference on March 17th and, primarily with regard to the safety of our members and of the wider community, has decided to postpone the all first round games in the Premier Senior, Senior A, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate A and Lower Intermediate Championships in both football and hurling, as well as the County stages of the U21 football competitions and the County Junior B & C competitions," the statement confirmed.

It continued: "These first round club championship games had been scheduled across the four weekends in April and the first two weekends in May, but are now postponed en bloc.

"All other games and activities, including those under the jurisdiction of Rebel Óg, remain suspended as per GAA directive and advice from the HSE / Department of Health. This will continue until we are directed otherwise.

"The scheduling and format of the County Championships for 2020 is now subject to review, in consultation with Munster Council, the National Competitions Control Committee and our clubs.

"Club league regulations and completion dates will also be reviewed once a resumption of activities is confirmed.

"The offices at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be closed until such time as current restrictions are lifted. County Board staff will work remotely and are contactable by email or via the office phone (0214963311) which...will be answered during office hours.

"We can also confirm that Páirc Uí Chaoimh is now available to the HSE, who are considering possible uses for the stadium and we hereby wish to acknowledge the efforts that our club units have already undertaken in assisting local health services and in assisting vulnerable people in our communities at this difficult time.

"The County Board meeting scheduled for April 7 has been cancelled. The Executive and CCC will continue to meet regularly via video-conference and will provide a report to clubs by email after all meetings."

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