GAA confirm plans for 2020 All-Ireland championships

September 12, 2020

Croke Park will be called back into action very soon.

The GAA have today confirmed plans to formally proceed with the 2020 All-Ireland senior, U20 and minor inter-county football and hurling championships from next month after having had positive talks with the Government in relation to funding.

However, restrictions will be made on the amount of funding given to counties for the preparation of teams due to financial concerns caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Association has ruled that UK county teams will not be involved in this year’s All-Ireland championships while its management team is set to retain special emergency powers until December 4.

"The GAA’s Ard Chomhairle held a meeting on-line earlier today where it was decided to formally proceed with plans to stage the All-Ireland senior, under-20 and minor inter-county football and hurling championships for 2020," a GAA statement reads.

"The decision was made following positive interaction with the Government and an understanding that specific financial supports will be made available.

"Due to the reduced level of funding available as a result of the pandemic, a series of strict financial controls will be put in place by the Association which will govern the costs and preparation of teams.

"In addition to this a plan and series of protocols produced by the Association’s Covid Advisory Group and which will facilitate the safe staging of inter-county games will be circulated to counties.

"Following consultation with the counties it was agreed that London, Warwickshire and Lancashire will not be involved in the 2020 championships.

"The special emergency powers for the administration of the Association have been reapproved and extended until December 4."

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