Covid 19 updates

Please find attached revised guidelines relating to the latest Government announcement last Friday.

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Covid 19 update




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11ú Bealtaine 2021

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Covid Update for Counties and Clubs

A chara, 

Please note the important information below based on queries we have received in the past week: 

Information for Clubs

Adult and Underage Training: From Monday, May 10th, both adult and underage training are permitted on a full contact basis in pods of 15 for all Gaelic Games teams in the 26 Counties. Games (including challenge games) will not be permitted until June 7th . 

In the 6 Counties, full contact training for panels is permitted without any reference to pods; games are also currently permitted.  

GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover remains in place until May 31st, 2021 based on 2020 team registrations as previously communicated. Details on the 2021 GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover/registration will issue in due course. 

Indoor use of facilities: We wish to remind all clubs that use of indoor facilities for GAA activity is not permitted. 

Gym facilities must remain closed (exception: A player on an inter county panel may use their relevant Club Gym for individual training as long as they are following the advice in the Inter County Return to Training and Play document) 

The only instances where indoor facilities for non-GAA activities can be used are where:

  1. agreement was in place prior to March 2020.
  2. relevant insurance is in place and 
  3. The activity is one permitted at a given point in time under the Government’s “Resilience and Recovery – the Path Ahead” or in line with Executive protocols in the North. 

Use by State bodies (e.g., HSE/Dept of Health/Dept of Education) is also permitted. 



In the 6 Counties, Social Clubs/Bars serving both alcohol and food are permitted to open (serving outdoors only) in line with Executive protocols and subject to compliance with the relevant licensing laws.

Membership: Please note that May 31st, 2021 is the date by which members must be registered and paid by in order to have voting rights at the next club AGM. All playing members must be registered in advance of returning to play/train on Foireann in order for Injury Fund cover to be in place.

Officer Training: All Officer Training should continue to be delivered online. Outdoor coaching education courses may be held but are subject to a 15-person maximum. 

Information for Counties: 

Use of Buses for travel: The capacity limits for bus travel have increased from 25% of capacity to 50% of capacity from yesterday, Monday May 10th

Training Camps: A reminder to all Counties that Training Camps involving overnight stays are not permitted in 2021.

Minor/U20 Challenge Games: Challenge matches at Minor and U20 inter county level cannot take place until June 10th under Government regulations. 

Training for Talent Academy Squads: Training for Talent Academy squads can take place from June 5th – a full policy in this regard, including relevant dates for games, will be circulated in the coming days.  

Registration of Senior Inter County Panels: A reminder that all Senior Inter County Panel members must be registered with the C.C.C.C by this evening in order to ensure players who are not in the match day 26 can be guaranteed entry to grounds for upcoming games. This must be completed by today (Tuesday, 11th May) and returned to on the registration form previously circulated. Changes to the panel names can be made during the course of the season if required 

Is muide, le meas, 

Labhrás Mac Carthaigh Tomás Ó Riain

Uachtarán Ard Stiúrthóir

Crossing county boundaries – The HSE in Cork and Kerry thank the GAA for its support of the vaccination roll-out.

THE HSE has thanked the GAA community in Cork and Kerry for their support for the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out.

Vaccinations are now underway across both counties of people aged between 60 and 69 who have registered at or 1850 24 1850.

The GAA in both Cork and Kerry have pledged to support anyone who needs help with the registration process, and to make sure that all clubs across both counties have details of the online and phone registration options.

Kerry GAA County Board chairman Tim Murphy said:

“The GAA has been glad to help our communities in any way possible throughout the pandemic, and we will continue that support now that we’re moving to a new phase of the vaccination roll-out. We’ll be sharing details of how to register with all of our clubs in the hope that they will encourage their members to register when asked to do so.”

Cork GAA County Board Chair Marc Sheehan said:

“We have seen GAA facilities called into action throughout the pandemic as test centres, and there is no community which hasn’t been impacted by Covid-19. As we reach a new phase of the pandemic, we are proud to see several GAA facilities in Cork used as vaccination centres. The GAA is a key part of every community across both our counties and we will make sure that no member of our community who needs support in registering is left behind.”

Michael Fitzgerald, the Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, thanked the GAA organisations in both counties for their ongoing support.

“All of our communities have had a difficult time during the crisis caused by Covid-19, and the GAA has played a central role in supporting those communities. We have had unstinting support from the GAA whenever we have needed. Not only have we had access to GAA facilities when needed, clubs and members have done huge work to make sure that everyone in their community is supported.

CEO of the South South West Hospital Group Gerry O’Dwyer said:

“We are very grateful for this ongoing support, and looking forward to a time when this vaccination programme will allow us all back to enjoying training, matches and the many activities enabled by the GAA which are so central to life in our communities.”

To register online, you will need:

* Your Personal Public Services number (PPS).

* Your Eircode (this allows the booking system to match you to a vaccination centre).

* A mobile phone number

* An email address.

The 60 to 69 age-group are receiving their Astra Zeneca vaccine at one of the new HSE vaccination centres around Cork and Kerry.

Online registration at is fast and easy, and telephone support is available on 1850 24 1850 (8am to 8pm, seven days a week). This registration process will be used to vaccinate large groups of the population by age, with everyone who registers receiving an appointment at one of the seven public vaccination centres across both counties.

Editor’s note:

Appointments are currently being scheduled for people who are aged 60-69 and who have registered.

Appointments for this age-group have already begun at:

* Mallow GAA complex

* Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork

* West Cork (which alternates between Bantry Primary Care Centre and Clonakilty GAA club), Vaccinations have begun at Bantry PCC with the first appointments at Clonakilty on May 3rd.

* City Hall Cork

* Tralee MTU

* Killarney Sports and Leisure

Vaccination centres across Cork and Kerry have been established as a joint project between the South/South West Hospital Group and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. Vaccination at the centres is by appointment only, and only people who have received a confirmed appointment from the HSE should attend at the vaccination centres and should bring photo ID.

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