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'I was lucky to get home' - GAA stars abroad consider their future amid Covid-19 crisis

Colm Keys


Visa restrictions and remote prospect of US championships going ahead have put paid to travel plans of many

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Cavan’s Conor Moynagh is holed up in a house in Auckland. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Cavan’s Conor Moynagh is holed up in a house in Auckland. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Cavan’s Conor Moynagh is holed up in a house in Auckland. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

On Monday, the Irish Independent detailed a list of around 280 footballers who had either been released or departed their inter-county squads after the 2019 championship.

Those who left on their own terms did so because of work commitments, retirement and a desire to just step off the treadmill and draw breath.

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Clare’s Jamie Malone had plans to travel to America this summer. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Clare’s Jamie Malone had plans to travel to America this summer. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Clare’s Jamie Malone had plans to travel to America this summer. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Many more opted to travel, taking in South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand with the hope of timing their journeys to be in the US this summer as the local football championships get up and running.