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“GAA season would be the one saving grace”

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney chat about the GAA All-Ireland championships going ahead, and the naysayers

Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney chat about the GAA All-Ireland championships going ahead, and the naysayers.

The government is moving the country to level five for six weeks, but both they and NPHET have decided that the inter-county season should continue for 2020.

A quick scan across social media will make it clear that not everyone agrees with all of the decisions made in recent days, and each person will have their own motivation.

Tens of thousands of jobs will go, and the livelihoods of so many people have been destroyed — or indeed already had been over the past six months.

Keeping down transmission levels is clearly a huge priority, and many people feel that playing the GAA season is too high a risk.

Others live for GAA, and may struggle to see how they will make it through a bleak six weeks of lockdown in winter without our indigenous games to occupy their minds.

Whether the GAA season should go ahead or not has quickly become a polarising topic.

Whether the association is doing enough has also be thrown into question.

One player from Louth suggested there has been no testing and there have been accusations of a two-tier system for big and small counties, but the GAA will say rapid testing is available for all.

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Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney make no bones about their contention that the GAA season should go ahead.

Click play on the video at the top of the page to watch their discussion.

NFL Division 1

Saturday (2.0): Kerry v Donegal, Tralee; Sunday (2.0): Galway v Dublin, Pearse Stadium; Mayo v Tyrone, Castlebar; Monaghan v Meath, Clones.

NFL Division 2
Saturday (2.0): Kildare v Westmeath, Newbridge; Cavan v Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni Park; Clare v Armagh, Ennis; Fermanagh v Laois, Enniskillen.

NFL Division 3
Sunday (2.0): Longford v Cork, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park; Louth v Down, Drogheda; Leitrim v Tipperary, Carrick-on-Shannon; Offaly v Derry, Tullamore.

NFL Division 4
Saturday (2.0): Antrim v Waterford, Portglenone; Sligo v Limerick, Markievicz Park; Wexford v Wicklow, Chadwicks Wexford Park.

Leinster SHC quarter-final
Saturday (6.0): Dublin v Laois, Croke Park

Munster SHC/League final
Sunday (3.45): Clare v Limerick, Semple Stadium

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