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Fan power: It may be some time before we see the terraces packed like this again

Fan power: It may be some time before we see the terraces packed like this again

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Stephen McGeehan

Stephen McGeehan

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Fan power: It may be some time before we see the terraces packed like this again

An announcement is due later this week that the Stormont Executive are to relax Coronavirus restrictions on attendances for outdoor activities, in time for the resumption of club action in Gaelic Games from July 17.

However, some contention awaits as they are working off the assumption that games played right up until the end of August - which is around the launch of club Championship time in this most unusual of years - there will be no more than 500 permitted inside the gates of venues, inclusive of teams, management and all the event organisers.

In order to police these numbers, the GAA are already in an advanced stage of negotiations with software developers to create an app for spectators to use while attending games, thereby avoiding potential health issues with the exchange of money.