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I firmly believe that this Championship could be absolutely essential to Ireland's mental health

Tomás Ó Se


This week’s conflicting views of John Heslin and Stefan Campbell were both justified and it was no harm having them ventilated on the cusp of a Championship season which will help a lot of people

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Indispensable: If I was Peter Keane I’d be looking for ways to wrap the likes of David Clifford in cotton wool, to keep them almost out of general society during the championships. SPORTSFILE

Indispensable: If I was Peter Keane I’d be looking for ways to wrap the likes of David Clifford in cotton wool, to keep them almost out of general society during the championships. SPORTSFILE

SPORTSFILE

Indispensable: If I was Peter Keane I’d be looking for ways to wrap the likes of David Clifford in cotton wool, to keep them almost out of general society during the championships. SPORTSFILE

A good friend of mine with a great GAA history has been in hospital this week, battling Covid. His diagnosis came as a real jolt to me, a reminder that this virus is on all our doorsteps right now, playing Russian roulette with the health of the nation. And, instinctively, it triggered that human reflex to just pull the shutters down, suspend normality.

You start thinking about how vulnerable we all ultimately are, even when being careful and just trying to do the simple everyday things.

Once that mindset sets in, it becomes a bit of a stretch to be comfortable with the idea of a full GAA Championship coming down the tracks, especially so with the complication of it involving two different jurisdictions.