GAA concedes defeat in battle to keep April free for club activity

March 18, 2018

Croke Park will play host to two All-Ireland senior and minor football championship double-headers this weekend.
©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

The GAA has conceded defeat in its battle to keep April an inter-county free month.

Congress last year voted to ringfence April for club activity only, but that has been scuppered after another weather-hit Sunday that saw 10 Allianz League games, including all four Division 1 hurling quarter-finals, called off.

"Worst case scenario, things will have to go back into the first weekend in April, which isn't what anyone intended or anybody wanted," the GAA's Director of Communications Alan Milton said in an interview with RTE.

"If you look at last year, some of those corresponding fixtures were taking place in the last weekend in April so we're still going to be three weeks ahead of where we were.

"Keeping April entirely free for club activities is going to be hit, which no one is happy about, but these are circumstances outside our control.

"People may say it was a very tight schedule to run, I don't believe that would be an excuse for not trying to do it and for not trying to create more windows for club activity."



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