News that the GAA have made plans to move out of lockdown and back to playing some games has been welcomed by MLA Justin McNulty.

The former Armagh player has expressed his excitement at the GAA’s announcement that club action will return on 31st July with an inter-county resumption on 17 October and said “the GAA's Return to Play Road Map out of the Covid-19 crisis gives players, supporters and communities great hope.”

“I can’t imagine how hard this period has been for players who have trained professionally and lived athlete lifestyles and who have been unable to participate in the sport they love. They have missed the camaraderie of the dressing room; they haven’t been able to see or train with their team mates and coaches and they will have missed the cut and thrust of big game battles." said McNulty.

The GAA have published their roadmap for resumption of games this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
The GAA have published their roadmap for resumption of games this year. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

“We all recognize that the competitions this year will have a unique schedule and duration and I think that will create an even greater interest and will maybe facilitate some teams coming in under the radar and potentially taking major scalps.”

“The GAA deserve massive credit for their Comprehensive Plan that covers all eventualities and it is very evident that they have left no stone unturned in in adhering to public health guidelines and in considering every potential eventuality.”

Commenting on how important the games are the MLA concluded “After this prolonged life and sports lockdown I think we all appreciate how important our Gaelic games are to us for players, mentors, club members and committees and for supporters. We cannot wait for the opportunity to get back to the nuts and bolts of our sport and to get out and cheer our teams on. Roll on the resumption of competitive games. I cannot wait for #GameOn!”

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