It has been a long time since we last saw a GAA game, approximately 110 days, but today clubs in the 26 counties were allowed to resume full contact training and play challenge matches.
The footballers of Mullingar Shamrocks and St Mary's Granard and the hurlers of Lusmagh and Meelick-Eyrecourt had the distinction of being the first GAA clubs to return to competitive play after the Covid-19 lockdown.
Inpho's brilliant duo James Crombie and Morgan Treacy caught the action from two significant cross county challenge matches...
The sliotar is thrown in between Lusmagh and Meelick-Eyrecourt. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
St Mary's Granard players Vinny Nally and Andrea Bogdan tog out from the car. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
Water bottles labelled with names of players. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
Goalkeeper has it covered. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
Mullingar Shamrocks’ Dean Moore on the ball. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
Lusmagh’s Eibheann Kelly tussles with Kevin Larkin of Meelick-Eyrecourt. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
The Mullingar Shamrocks bench at half-time. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
At full stretch. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
Up for the throw-in. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
It was more than just a challenge game for Lusmagh manager Joachim Kelly. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.
Spectators in Mullingar. ©INPHO/James Crombie.Tweet