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The return of GAA will come at a painful cost

Oisin McConville


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Tyrone's Cathal McShane picks up an injury, but he is soon to return.

Tyrone's Cathal McShane picks up an injury, but he is soon to return.

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Tyrone's Cathal McShane picks up an injury, but he is soon to return.

After four months of inactivity, the competitive GAA season resumed last weekend with club matches in counties up and down the island.

This is something we have all been yearning for since the onset of the coronavirus crisis and while none of us can foretell just what might be on the horizon, I believe there is a palpable sense of relief that at last we are going to be treated to the essence of what the GAA is about - the actual playing of games.

While club action does not quite hold the same appeal or glamour of inter-county clashes, it nonetheless forms an integral part of the annual fixtures list and while of necessity this year's programme at this level has had to be condensed into an 11-week period because of time constraints, I don't believe it will be any less intriguing or exciting.