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ADVICE: John Costello. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

ADVICE: John Costello. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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ADVICE: John Costello. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The Dublin county board today postponed all club matches fixed for April as the uncertainty over a return to sporting normality continues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two rounds of the football and hurling championships had been pencilled in during 'club only' month prior to the start of the inter-county summer calendar.

However, after Limerick took the move of cancelling their April programme last night, Dublin did likewise yesterday.

It calls into serious question the possibility of completing this year's inter-county football and hurling leagues and the viability of beginning the provincial inter-county championships in May, as scheduled.

In a letter to each club secretary, county board CEO John Costello announced a postponement of "all grades of club championship games fixed for April due to the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of activity."

"If the current pandemic continues beyond April," he wrote, "it is proposed to engage with the Leinster Council and the National Competitions Control Committee with a view to restructuring our games programme for 2020.

"This may include the redesign of the current formats. If so, we will engage with the clubs prior to any decision being made."

The Leinster SHC is scheduled to begin on May 9th when Laois host Galway in O'Moore Park.

Kilkenny are due to play Dublin in Parnell Park the following day while there are also two Munster SHC matches slated for May 10th; Waterford v Tipperary and Cork v Limerick.

Costello signed off the letter by advising that club teams must adhere to "the directive that no training or games can take place at any level during is pandemic."

Yesterday, the Dublin LGFA revealed that the had "received a number of messages from worried members informing us that some club mentors are organising or trying to set up team training sessions."