Return to September All-Ireland finals possible, says Burns

April 17, 2024

GAA President Jarlath Burns. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

GAA president Jarlath Burns is open to the idea of All-Ireland finals being played in September again.

However, counties would have to agree to a uniform structure in their own club championships for it to happen he told GAAGO's new 'Ratified' discussion forum. This year’s All-Ireland hurling final is slated for July 21, with the football decider taking place a week later on July 28.

"There is a way of achieving that, going right back to September with the two finals," Burns said.

"The difficulty is the people who are going to have to compromise are the counties with their own championships. We missed the point with what the problem was.

"That problem is, if you are organising the Premier League fixtures, very simple, all you have to look out for are UEFA and FIFA fixtures.

"If you are organising the GAA master fixtures plan, you have to bump into 32 master fixture-making bodies, Higher Education, and multiply that by two as you have hurling and football.

"And then within that you have seven or eight different iterations of championships. It is totally ridiculous to think that we can organise a master fixtures plan around that.”

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