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Hundreds of GAA clubs around Ireland are ready to go now - give them the green light

John Greene


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‘There is no reason why GAA grounds should not already be open and available to the local community’

‘There is no reason why GAA grounds should not already be open and available to the local community’

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‘There is no reason why GAA grounds should not already be open and available to the local community’

The GAA took its first steps back to 'normal' on Friday. They were timely, tentative steps. The time had come for the Association to relax its restrictions and start opening its gates again. The hard-line stance was beginning to look more and more out of step with the wishes of its members.

And the rank and file don't want much, if truth be told. They are not saying county squads should go back training; or that club footballers and hurlers should start to train again either. They are not saying that we will be ready any time soon for club or inter-county championships to begin. But they do want the GAA to stand back and take a look at what is happening around the country and react accordingly. The one-size-fits-all approach is no longer an appropriate response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The padlocks don't need to stay on the gates of every GAA pitch in the country, but they do need to remain on some.