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Briody believes GAA must seize 'massive opportunity to connect at community level'

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Club Players Association chairman Michéal Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Club Players Association chairman Michéal Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Club Players Association chairman Michéal Briody. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Club Players Association chairman Micheál Briody believes that the GAA have "a massive opportunity to reconnect at community level" by devoting a significant window of time for club games when action resumes.

Briody expects a "completely different calendar" to be drawn up on the back of tomorrow's Special Congress with club championships "a natural and logical way to ease back into action" when the coronavirus crisis is under control.

The Meath native is adamant that "the mental health of the nation comes first" and that the extraordinary work of GAA clubs during these difficult times should be rewarded.

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"It's a massive opportunity for the GAA to really reconnect at community level. What GAA clubs are doing in the Covid-19 crisis, the assistance and help that they are giving to various vulnerable people, is incredible," Briody said.

"And what the GAA are doing by giving Croke Park up as a testing centre, people are proud of the GAA when they see the likes of that happening and this is a great opportunity. Sometimes opportunities come upon you in an abnormal way.

"People say, 'We've got to take change slowly', and that's one of the things that we would have got from dealings with Croke Park over the years with various presidents and DGs.

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"If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it's that complete and utter whirlwind change can happen and people adapt so quick. We don't want 2020 entirely written off for sport, we'd all hope to get out on the playing fields.

"The GAA will equally accept strong direction from Croke Park if they come down and take a sensible, community-based approach on this and give clubs the games that they need to get back to normal."

Irish Independent