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Unwanted news: Tyrone native Conor McKenna tested positive for Covid at Aussie Rules side Essendon

Unwanted news: Tyrone native Conor McKenna tested positive for Covid at Aussie Rules side Essendon

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Unwanted news: Tyrone native Conor McKenna tested positive for Covid at Aussie Rules side Essendon

With the GAA's fixtures programme set to be released later this week, counties will face drastically increased bills as they aim to work around the coronavirus pandemic.

The first two weekends of county action, beginning on October 17, will be given towards starting the hurling Championship, but also settling the outstanding permutations for promotion and relegation in the National Football Leagues.

However, this is where the laws of unintended consequences will kick in.