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Covid Restrictions- Important Up Date

The GAA's Covid Advisory Group met this evening to consider the outcome of a meeting between the three Gaelic Games governing bodies (GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Camogie Association) and representatives of the lrish Government, including the Minister of State for Sport, which took place earlier this week. The meeting was held to brief the governing bodies on the short-term prospects for a return to training and playing of our games.

The Government representatives clarified that inter-county Gaelic Games activity is not covered under the current Level 5 exemptions for elite sports. As such a return to intercounty training or games is not permitted under the current restrictions. It was also clear that there will not be any change to this position post-March 5th when the restrictions currently in place are reviewed. It is the view of the GAA's Covid Advisory group that no on field activity will be permitted - training or games - until Easter at the earliest.

 ln the interim, it is expected that the Government will publish an updated "Living with Covid" plan and we expect that this will provide clarity on when clubs and counties are likely to be allowed return to training and games in 2A21,.|t should also provide clarity on when other off-field club activities may be permitted to resume. It is clear that this extended delay to the planned return of the inter county season will have knock-on effects for both the inter county and club games programmes originally planned for 2027.

 As of now the GAA have made no firm decisions on what competitions may or may not be facilitated in any revised fixture programme - such decisions will be a factor of how much time is made available to us, both for an inter county season and for the broader participation levels that will be necessary for a meaningful club season.

 While we will begin to look at contingency plans for the Master Fixtures programme, we will not be able to take definitive decisions in this context until we have a clear picture of what restrictions we are likely to be operating under at various point in the year ahead.

Rest assured however, that once clarity is provided by Government and Public Health Authorities on the likely road ahead for society generally and sport in particular, the GAA will follow with its own roadmap and plan for our own activities at both inter-county and club level, that will cover whatever time is available to us for the remainder of the year.

 We know these latest developments will come as a great disappointment to all those who are anxious to resume their Gaelic Games involvement, be it on or off the field. While we remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic, there is significant cause for optimism that much better days lie ahead.

The manner in which we have endured and overcome thus far, both as individual members and as an Association generally, has been praised by many and is a cause of great pride to us all. With your help we are certain that we will eventually have a fulfilling season at both club and county level in 2021, just as we had in 2020.

Finally, we would again like to take this opportunity to thank our members, players, coaches, managers and officers at all levels for their patience and understanding of the current situation and for co-operating with all of the restrictions that have been put in place. We want to remind you all again that we will prepare a revised Master Fixture Calendar and plan for the remainder of 2021once a new Government road map for society and sport is made available.

Sean Ó hÓrain UACHTARAN               Tomás Ó Riain ARD STIÚRTHÓIR

Over the last 11 months our frontline workers have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and well. In these unprecedented times they have certainly made the ultimate sacrifice to help save other people.

Tommy Devane, GAA commentator with Galway Bay FM and former inter-county player has come up with a wonderful initiative to acknowledge their incredible work. He has asked all thirty-two counties to supply one county jersey accompanied by a short message of thanks. The jersey along with their message will then be framed here in Galway and sent to the hospital or care setting of the county’s choice.

“We’ve already received a huge reaction from the GAA community to the project which is in conjunction with Paul Byrnes Media, our main sponsors Merit Medical and Langan Couriers who have kindly agreed to sponsor the delivery of all 32 jerseys. I am in awe of the magnificent work our amazing frontline workers are doing to protect us every day and they certainly deserve huge recognition. They are the true heroes in this pandemic,” said Tommy.

Galway GAA were the first county to support the initiative thanking all the frontline workers in the county for their continuing hard work and dedication. “This is a wonderful idea and we are delighted to be supporting it. We have a great relationship with all the hospitals and care settings in Galway and we would like to thank all the frontline staff who continue to do an amazing job every day,” said Pat Kearney, Chairman, Galway GAA.  

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GALWAY GAA LEGENDS 'ON CALL' DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

A number of Galway GAA legends are once again making themselves available to talk to those living alone or most in need at this very difficult time. The GAA chat initiative was first introduced last April and proved hugely successful, particularly with those cocooning. Brendan Mulry of Irish Rural Link is managing the initiative again in association with Galway GAA, Paul Byrnes Media and support from the ‘Keep Well’ Resilience Campaign.

Throughout this latest lockdown a number of Galway football and hurling legends have all very kindly made themselves available to talk to GAA fans on the phone. They include: 3-time All-Ireland winning manager Cyril Farrell, 3-time All-Ireland winner Noel Lane and Joe Connolly who captained Galway to All-Ireland success in 1980 as well as All-Star footballer John Tobin. "We are very lucky to have the likes of Cyril, Joe, John and Noel all on board for this project. They are all legends of the game and are very kindly giving up their time to help," said Paul. 

If you would like to receive a call from one of our legends or would like to arrange a call on behalf of a family member or friend just contact Brendan on 087 2194243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will arrange the calls over the coming weeks. Mr Mulry said; "While there aren't any firm rules, the focus is really on those fans who maybe need this most. Think of a parent or grandparent who is at home alone and would love to chat all things GAA with one of our legends."

Pat Kearney, Chairperson of Galway GAA said: “This initiative proved to be a great success last year and helped many stuck at home cocooning. It’s still a very difficult time for everybody so projects like this really help in these uncertain times.”

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2020 -U-20 Players of the Year

Following the conclusion of the 2020 season, EirGrid, proud sponsor of the U20 All-Ireland Championship, has announced the top 20 performers from this year’s under 20 football championship with the annual 20 U20 awards. In addition, the recipients of the EirGrid U20 Football Championship player of the year and manager of the year awards have also been announced.

This is the sixth year of the player awards and second year of the EirGrid Manager of The Year awards with the recipients being selected by the Gaelic Writers Association. The awards are run by EirGrid to recognise the incredible talent, dedication and hard work displayed by those involved in this competition. EirGrid, the state-owned company that is delivering a cleaner energy future for Ireland, has been a proud partner of the GAA since 2015 when it first began sponsoring the U21 Football All-Ireland Championship before the competition evolved into to U20 grade.

Having played a critical defensive role in keeping Dublin’s top scorers at bay in the All Ireland final, Galway captain Jack Glynn was the tournament’s standout player and has been named the 2020 EirGrid Under 20 Football Championship Player of the Year.

Galway Manager Donal Ó Fátharta has been named as the EirGrid Manager of the Year after leading his squad to provincial and All-Ireland victories, despite it only being his first year in charge, and claiming the county’s first U20 title since 2013. Ó Fátharta worked tirelessly to grow and develop the skills of the young Galway team though this difficult year and his dedication paid off on the pitch.

Galway Under 20 manager Dónal Ó Fátharta.

The Tribesmen’s efforts in the competition have been reflected with six players from the All-Ireland winning panel selected as worthy recipients of a 20 U20 award. These are Conor Flaherty, Jack Glynn, Conor Raftery, Paul Kelly, Matthew Tierney and Tommo Culhane.

All-Ireland finalists, Dublin, have four players included in this year’s list. These are Lee Gannon, Mark Lavin, Lorcan O’Dell and Ciarán Archer as do Ulster Champions, Tyrone with Darragh Canavan, Cormac Munroe, Ethan Jordan and Tiernan Quinn making the top 20. Sean O’Brien, Dan McCarthy and Ruairi Ó Beaglaoich are representing Kerry on the panel with the remaining three slots going to Laois’s Ronan Coffey, Cork’s Blake Murphy and Aaron Doherty of Donegal.

Commenting on the awards, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan said: “I commend all of the players honoured on this list but also all of those who competed in the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship in 2020 giving the testing set of circumstances everyone involved faced.

As ever with this grade of football the talent on show was difficult to ignore and I have no doubt that many of the names that feature on this list will have aspirations of further county representation in years to come.

“Thank you to EirGrid for their ongoing support of the GAA and their creativity in helping us to promote this competition and we look forward to working with them in 2021.”

Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer at EirGrid, commented: “On behalf of all at EirGrid, I would like to extend our congratulations to the 20 players honoured on today’s prestigious list. The talent we witnessed in the 2020 championship was incredible and each of these young players did their counties proud during such an unprecedented time. We are also delighted to give special recognition to the EirGrid U20 Player of the Year, Galway’s Jack Glynn, and EirGrid Manager of the Year, Donal Ó Fátharta, who are both part of the All-Ireland winning team.

Well done and thank you to all of those involved who made the EirGrid GAA Football U20 All-Ireland Championship a success. These awards allow us to acknowledge and reward some of the bright stars of the game and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for these outstanding footballers.”

For more information log on to www.eirgrid.ie or visit follow EirGrid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #EirGridGAA.

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·        Conor Flaherty (Galway)

·        Darragh Canavan (Tyrone)

·        Jack Glynn (Galway)

·        Cormac Munroe (Tyrone)

·        Lee Gannon (Dublin)

·        Sean O’Brien (Kerry)

·        Dan McCarthy (Kerry)

·        Conor Raftery (Galway)

·        Paul Kelly (Galway)

·        Aaron Doherty (Donegal)

·        Matthew Tierney (Galway)

·        Tommo Culhane (Galway)

·        Mark Lavin (Dublin)

·        Lorcan O’Dell (Dublin)

·        Ciaran Archer (Dublin)

·        Ethan Jordan (Tyrone)

·        Tiernan Quinn (Tyrone)

·        Ronan Coffey (Laois)

·        Ruairi Ó Beaglaoich (Kerry)

·        Blake Murphy (Cork)

CONNACHT FIXTURES 2021:

NB: ALL DATES ARE SUGGESTED DATES ONLY. COVID DEPENDENT

EXTRA TIME & FINISH ON THE DAY, IN ALL GAMES

U 20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

All games in COE

Quarter Final    Saturday 3rd April

A: Roscommon v Leitrim

Semi Finals Saturday 10th April

Sligo       v    A

Galway v    Mayo

Final: 16th /17th 

AISF 24th /25th April

AIF 1st /2nd May

U 17 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Quarter Final    Friday 2nd April

A:  Mayo     v    Roscommon

Semi Finals Friday 9th April;

Galway    v    A

Sligo         v    Leitrim



Final: Friday 30th April

AISF 16th /17th May

AIF 22nd /23rd May

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