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I think the writing is on the wall. There won't be a ball kicked or a sliotar pucked out in the inter county scene this year. I also think counties will be delighted as revenue has fallen off the cliff and they don't want the expense of putting out a team.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 765 - 08/08/2020 19:09:33    2286888

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Replying To eoinog:  "I think the writing is on the wall. There won't be a ball kicked or a sliotar pucked out in the inter county scene this year. I also think counties will be delighted as revenue has fallen off the cliff and they don't want the expense of putting out a team."
You should have named the thread allireland 2020 RIP.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11448 - 08/08/2020 19:34:09    2286891

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Yep, we'll hold onto this year, no bother. We're all in this together after all.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3499 - 08/08/2020 20:18:12    2286896

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only a matter of time..gaa is only a hobby, all be it a wide ranging popular one but is very unessential in the grand scheme of things so can see it being canned pretty soon

wishfulthinkin (Cavan) - Posts: 1475 - 08/08/2020 20:19:36    2286897

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Replying To wishfulthinkin:  "only a matter of time..gaa is only a hobby, all be it a wide ranging popular one but is very unessential in the grand scheme of things so can see it being canned pretty soon"
Agree it's a hobby...we are fans At the end of the day. Some more fanatical than others.

But at club level it's more than a hobby. It's a way of life. I honestly don't know what I would have done without it during the last few months....I just hope we get to finish our club championships.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10236 - 08/08/2020 22:58:52    2286916

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I still think its possible they could play the inter county season behind closed doors. To be honest nobody really knows where we will be at with this virus by October. If the GAA accept that there are not going to be supporters at the matches surely they can plan accordingly. Its far from ideal but better to be abke to watch some matches on TV in the winter than nothing at all. It will be a long winter if there is no football at all.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - Posts: 1698 - 08/08/2020 23:09:06    2286918

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Replying To wishfulthinkin:  "only a matter of time..gaa is only a hobby, all be it a wide ranging popular one but is very unessential in the grand scheme of things so can see it being canned pretty soon"
I would describe a hobby as a solo persuit, something like stamp collecting or macrame. GAA is a community thing. It is part of everyday life for a lot of people. It involves: administrators, coaches, trainers, managers, selectors, commitees, volunteer stewards, groundsmen, players, sponsors, TV, radio, printes press, electronic press. It involves all age groups from children to adults, male and female. It means alot to people so to dismiss it a merely a hobby is being disingenious.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5306 - 08/08/2020 23:36:25    2286926

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Agree it's a hobby...we are fans At the end of the day. Some more fanatical than others.

But at club level it's more than a hobby. It's a way of life. I honestly don't know what I would have done without it during the last few months....I just hope we get to finish our club championships."
The GAA may be a 'way of life' for you. But coronavirus has been, is and will be, a way of death for many.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1047 - 08/08/2020 23:39:38    2286927

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Replying To s goldrick:  "I would describe a hobby as a solo persuit, something like stamp collecting or macrame. GAA is a community thing. It is part of everyday life for a lot of people. It involves: administrators, coaches, trainers, managers, selectors, commitees, volunteer stewards, groundsmen, players, sponsors, TV, radio, printes press, electronic press. It involves all age groups from children to adults, male and female. It means alot to people so to dismiss it a merely a hobby is being disingenious."
maybe i should have said past-time, instead of hobby so..

wishfulthinkin (Cavan) - Posts: 1475 - 08/08/2020 23:56:50    2286932

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "The GAA may be a 'way of life' for you. But coronavirus has been, is and will be, a way of death for many."
Unfortunately also a virus that may also have to become a way of life as well.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 953 - 09/08/2020 02:42:47    2286941

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What are the terms of the contracts the GAA has with Sky and RTÉ ?

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 367 - 09/08/2020 10:30:59    2286957

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Hard to know what will happen gents. On a personal note I agree with both sides of the isle here; its only a hobby, lets be real, but also it is a way of life as much, particularly and notably in rural Ireland. Both sides have a point. This is uncharted territory and no one or no government has any blueprint to work off as to how best to protect citizens. Id personally like to see more club games played out as a priority and the axing of inter-county for 2020, we have to err on the side of caution and protect as many people's lives as possible, and that means not holding any county games at all. To use the common phrase of the day, until we have a vaccine, society at large is simply not safe. Id gladly leave my own sporting pursuits behind for the near future as a 25 year old, if it adds up to the greater good for the most vulnerable.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 321 - 09/08/2020 11:59:07    2286965

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Replying To Young_gael:  "Hard to know what will happen gents. On a personal note I agree with both sides of the isle here; its only a hobby, lets be real, but also it is a way of life as much, particularly and notably in rural Ireland. Both sides have a point. This is uncharted territory and no one or no government has any blueprint to work off as to how best to protect citizens. Id personally like to see more club games played out as a priority and the axing of inter-county for 2020, we have to err on the side of caution and protect as many people's lives as possible, and that means not holding any county games at all. To use the common phrase of the day, until we have a vaccine, society at large is simply not safe. Id gladly leave my own sporting pursuits behind for the near future as a 25 year old, if it adds up to the greater good for the most vulnerable."
Fair play to you young Gael and I can also see both sides but you mention no games till a vaccine, that could take 3-4 years, I don't think people are going to wait around or put their lives on hold for that long and it's hard to blame them when they're working hard and have nothing to look forward to.

Life will have to go on someway at some stage.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11448 - 09/08/2020 12:29:20    2286974

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I wouldn't write off the intercounty season just yet.

Granted the number of cases is on the rise again unfortunately and public health must come first, but if things start to improve again over the next few weeks and months then I think the all-irelands stand a good chance of going ahead.

The Gaa plays a huge role in providing people with a social outlet, and that's needed more than ever now, so I think it would be great if we can still have our championships this year.

But again, public health must come first, if we don't have better control of the virus and if there are significant concerns then the Gaa will have to pull the plug (if the Government doesn't do it for them of course).

I think we can only just wait see what happens, we're living in the most uncertain times in living memory.

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8475 - 09/08/2020 12:50:06    2286976

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Fair play to you young Gael and I can also see both sides but you mention no games till a vaccine, that could take 3-4 years, I don't think people are going to wait around or put their lives on hold for that long and it's hard to blame them when they're working hard and have nothing to look forward to.

Life will have to go on someway at some stage."
I agree, life must go on and we must do our best to live with this virus and get back to as much normality as we can, albeit a socially responsible normality.

As for vaccines, look they've worked wonders for humanity, but they take a long time to be shelf ready by the sounds of things and I think people are possibly holding their breath for a vaccine that ain't coming for a few years at least.

They can take 6-10 years by some by some estimations so it's not viable to wait around for one. Also I'm not into any crackpot conspiracies but I would be a bit suspicious if all of a sudden someone comes out with a vaccine in the next year or 2 when they're supposed to take half a decade at least!

Htaem (Meath) - Posts: 8475 - 09/08/2020 13:02:23    2286977

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Its impossible to call really and impossible to project what the situation will be in just under three months time, though im on record as saying Oct was always a poor time to plan to play this off given the carnage of Flu season.

If the majority of club championships come off without to much evidence of risk, then inter-county is a smaller breath of players really, so not impossible. You imagine at this stage behind close doors the most likely scenario and the GAA rebating season tickets is a tacit admittance of this i think.

I dont like the feel of it really as a Championship and feels a bit like a watered down championship, and an unfairly balanced one. Doesn't or wouldn't feel like a real one to me. But if nothing else would give Dessie a transition year to get his feet under the table. Even if doesn't come off there are worst spots to be in then another year celebrating 5 in a row.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3499 - 09/08/2020 13:34:04    2286980

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Fair play to you young Gael and I can also see both sides but you mention no games till a vaccine, that could take 3-4 years, I don't think people are going to wait around or put their lives on hold for that long and it's hard to blame them when they're working hard and have nothing to look forward to.

Life will have to go on someway at some stage."
3-4 years will just about take me to the biblical threescore and ten.

Sure - I want a longer life. But I don't want it to just seem longer.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 367 - 09/08/2020 13:40:24    2286982

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Replying To Young_gael:  "Hard to know what will happen gents. On a personal note I agree with both sides of the isle here; its only a hobby, lets be real, but also it is a way of life as much, particularly and notably in rural Ireland. Both sides have a point. This is uncharted territory and no one or no government has any blueprint to work off as to how best to protect citizens. Id personally like to see more club games played out as a priority and the axing of inter-county for 2020, we have to err on the side of caution and protect as many people's lives as possible, and that means not holding any county games at all. To use the common phrase of the day, until we have a vaccine, society at large is simply not safe. Id gladly leave my own sporting pursuits behind for the near future as a 25 year old, if it adds up to the greater good for the most vulnerable."
Points very well made.The Inter-County season could be played though as only 5% of players involved. The problem will be with the cost and no income.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 811 - 09/08/2020 13:52:38    2286985

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Replying To Htaem:  "I agree, life must go on and we must do our best to live with this virus and get back to as much normality as we can, albeit a socially responsible normality.

As for vaccines, look they've worked wonders for humanity, but they take a long time to be shelf ready by the sounds of things and I think people are possibly holding their breath for a vaccine that ain't coming for a few years at least.

They can take 6-10 years by some by some estimations so it's not viable to wait around for one. Also I'm not into any crackpot conspiracies but I would be a bit suspicious if all of a sudden someone comes out with a vaccine in the next year or 2 when they're supposed to take half a decade at least!"
Totally agree

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 16724 - 09/08/2020 14:36:22    2286987

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Replying To Htaem:  "I agree, life must go on and we must do our best to live with this virus and get back to as much normality as we can, albeit a socially responsible normality.

As for vaccines, look they've worked wonders for humanity, but they take a long time to be shelf ready by the sounds of things and I think people are possibly holding their breath for a vaccine that ain't coming for a few years at least.

They can take 6-10 years by some by some estimations so it's not viable to wait around for one. Also I'm not into any crackpot conspiracies but I would be a bit suspicious if all of a sudden someone comes out with a vaccine in the next year or 2 when they're supposed to take half a decade at least!"
I agree 100% we have to learn to live responsibly with Covid and try to get back to normality sensibly and carefully. However I think you're being overly negative about a vaccine timeline as every scientific resource on the planet is being thrown at this. More and more manpower is being used and paperwork and regulatory matters are being signed off within days rather than waiting around for 3-6 months. It's not cutting corners, it's just prioritising these possible vaccines. Treatments will also improve.

updwell (Limerick) - Posts: 403 - 09/08/2020 15:27:14    2286993

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