GAA and FAI suspend all activity in Kildare, Laois and Offaly

The GAA and FAI have suspended all activity in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly from midnight tonight in line with new restrictions announced by Government to stem the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, the GAA said the suspension on activities covers all collective training, matches, in-person meetings and camps.

“GAA grounds and facilities in the affected counties should remain closed until further notice,” it said.

“The position will be reviewed by our Gaelic games Covid-19 advisory group next Monday, after which further advice will be issued to clubs in the affected counties.

“The GAA, An Cumann Camogiochta and LGFA encourages all members nationwide to continue to follow public health advice, and in counties where activity is still permitted, to follow Gaelic games return-to-play protocols.”

The FAI said it was suspending all football activity in the counties "until further notice."

A statement said: "This suspension includes all matches and organised training. The FAI has also called off all INTERSPORT Elverys Summer Soccer Schools in the affected counties for the next two weeks. Full refunds will be made available to all participants.

"The FAI would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused and would encourage everyone involved in the game to follow the Government and Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines."