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GAA president John Horan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

GAA president John Horan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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GAA president John Horan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Covid-19 has been better at wrong-footing people than Brian O'Driscoll. When the virus was beginning its European tour back in March, various governing bodies were intensely relaxed about its approach. Full rounds of domestic sports leagues were played, rugby internationals and racing festivals were held, fans were allowed to travel from already-affected countries to other soon-to-be-affected ones.

The unfolding carnage in Italy brought things to a halt.

But when the lockdowns began most people believed that in a couple of months' time sport would be able to pick up where it had left off. The full scale of the change which would be wrought by the virus was not clear.