Advice to Clubs and Counties – for activities post Dec 31st

Below are the latest guidelines to club and counties from the GAA &  LGFA in relation to the current Level 5 Covid Restrictions.


Update from LGFA CEO, 5th January:

Given the current exceptional rise in infection rates of Covid 19 and the increased risk of community transmission, the LGFA has taken the decision that there will be no collective training permitted for Inter-County teams for at least the remainder of the month of January on advice from the Gaelic Games Covid Advisory Committee.

The start of the Lidl National League has also been put back a week to 27th/28th February and details of all fixtures will be forwarded.

In addition, Club and County gyms must stay closed until further notice.

As previously advised, and under the current Government Regulations in both jurisdictions, neither training nor games are permitted at club level currently.   

Breaches of any of the above provisions will be dealt with seriously under CODA rules.

As you are aware, the current Level 5 restrictions in the South will run until January 31st at which point the Gaelic Games Covid Advisory Committee will review the current situation and further advice in this context will be provided.

Finally, it is important to note that outdoor gatherings on GAA/LGFA property are not permitted – the only current exception to this is for walkways (which may stay open for use by the community with social distancing in place) and for clubs registered under the “Ireland Lights Up” walking initiative.

I fully appreciate the frustrations these additional restrictions may place on our Inter-County players and management teams. However, the safety of everyone in the game and indeed in the broader community has to be our primary focus. It has never been more important for our players, coaches and officials to follow both the Government guidelines and our own provisions around training.

I thank you for all you have done in this context to date and ask again for your cooperation and understanding as we battle to defeat the virus and finally return to normality.



Helen O’Rourke                                                                  

CEO, Ladies Gaelic Football Association