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Now is the window to properly discuss Lucid's cross-border vision

Daniel McDonnell


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Kerry entrepreneur Kieran Lucid. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Kerry entrepreneur Kieran Lucid. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Kerry entrepreneur Kieran Lucid. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

If not now, then when? The Covid-19 shutdown has provided the ideal opportunity to debate the concept of an all-island league. For all that clubs and indeed the parent associations on both sides of the border are facing uncertainty arising from this unexpected football famine, they also have time to take stock.

There have been excuses to stall the debate; the FAI's drawn-out regime change and the IFA's reluctance to even embrace the idea stalled momentum last year.

Club officials are so busy managing the day-to-day operations of teams in leagues with overlapping seasons that there was no natural window to put the foot on the ball and pause.