GAA hoping for good news on Tuesday

The GAA is hopeful that a return to training will be permitted when the Government makes its latest statement on the Covid restrictions next Tuesday.

Despite a stall in the reduction of case numbers, the association say that they are cautiously optimistic that outdoor training for younger age groups will get the green light.

Outdoor training for adults and youths in pods of less than 15 has been sanctioned in Northern Ireland from the 12th of April.

Roscommon’s senior football team manager Anthony Cunningham regards the lack of clarity on any possible return to training as very unhelpful. He says he is hopeful that inter-county training will resume after Easter, but is frustrated at the lack of communication from the GAA or the Government on the matter.


The late PJ McGrath

The death has taken place of former Chairman and President of the Mayo County Board and former President of the Connacht Council, PJ McGrath at the age of 79.

A retired teacher (at St. Colman’s College, Claremorris), he played for Mayo in the 1960s before going on to become both a well-known match official and administrator.

His most famous match as a referee was Kerry’s attempt on the five-in-a-row in 1982 when they were beaten by Séamus Darby’s late goal for Offaly. A year later he took charge of one of the most famous All-Ireland semi-finals in which Dublin beat Cork after a replay in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. He was President of the Connacht Council from 1994 to 1996 and contested the GAA presidency in 2002, losing out to Seán Kelly.