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Covid Update for Counties and Clubs

By Mary Morgan Tue 11th May

Covid Update for Counties and Clubs
Covid Update for Counties and Clubs

Please see the following information issued by the GAA on Tuesday May 11th to Counties and Clubs concerning the latest lifting of COVID restrictions.

A chara,

Please note the important information below based on queries we have received in the past week:

Information for Clubs

Adult and Underage Training: From Monday, May 10th, both adult and underage training are permitted on a full contact basis in pods of 15 for all Gaelic Games teams in the 26 Counties. Games (including challenge games) will not be permitted until June 7th.

In the 6 Counties, full contact training for panels is permitted without any reference to pods; games are also currently permitted.

GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover remains in place until May 31st, 2021 based on 2020 team registrations as previously communicated. Details on the 2021 GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover/registration will issue in due course.

Indoor use of facilities: We wish to remind all clubs that use of indoor facilities for GAA activity is not permitted.

Gym facilities must remain closed (exception: A player on an inter county panel may use their relevant Club Gym for individual training as long as they are following the advice in the Inter County Return to Training and Play document)

The only instances where indoor facilities for non-GAA activities can be used are where:

a. agreement was in place prior to March 2020.

b. relevant insurance is in place and

c. The activity is one permitted at a given point in time under the Government’s “Resilience and Recovery – the Path Ahead” or in line with Executive protocols in the North.

Use by State bodies (e.g., HSE/Dept of Health/Dept of Education) is also permitted.


[2] In the 6 Counties, Social Clubs/Bars serving both alcohol and food are permitted to open (serving outdoors only) in line with Executive protocols and subject to compliance with the relevant licensing laws.

Membership: Please note that May 31st, 2021 is the date by which members must be registered and paid by in order to have voting rights at the next club AGM. All playing members must be registered in advance of returning to play/train on Foireann in order for Injury Fund cover to be in place.

Officer Training: All Officer Training should continue to be delivered online. Outdoor coaching education courses may be held but are subject to a 15-person maximum.

Information for Counties:

Use of Buses for travel: The capacity limits for bus travel have increased from 25% of capacity to 50% of capacity from yesterday, Monday May 10th.

Training Camps: A reminder to all Counties that Training Camps involving overnight stays are not permitted in 2021.

Minor/U20 Challenge Games: Challenge matches at Minor and U20 inter county level cannot take place until June 7th under Government regulations.

Training for Talent Academy Squads: Training for Talent Academy squads can take place from June 5th – a full policy in this regard, including relevant dates for games, will be circulated in the coming days.

Registration of Senior Inter County Panels: A reminder that all Senior Inter County Panel members must be registered with the C.C.C.C by this evening in order to ensure players who are not in the match day 26 can be guaranteed entry to grounds for upcoming games. This must be completed by today (Tuesday, 11th May) and returned to on the registration form previously circulated. Changes to the panel names can be made during the course of the season if required

Is muide, le meas,

Labhrás Mac Carthaigh                                                 Tomás Ó Riain

Uachtarán                                                                          Ard Stiúrthóir

By Mary Morgan Tue 11th May

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