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Dub GAA chiefs keen to push on with fixture plans

Leading Dublin GAA official commends work of the clubs

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David Treacy of Cuala in action during last year’s Dublin SHC final against St Brigid’s. The pair will meet again on Sunday in the quarterfinals

David Treacy of Cuala in action during last year’s Dublin SHC final against St Brigid’s. The pair will meet again on Sunday in the quarterfinals

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David Treacy of Cuala in action during last year’s Dublin SHC final against St Brigid’s. The pair will meet again on Sunday in the quarterfinals

The Dublin GAA train intends to keep steaming along as Parnell Park is preparing itself for this weekend's much anticipated county senior hurling championship quarter-finals.

Alas, the Dublin HQ will be closed to spectators. Tuesday's Government decision ensuring that all games must now take place behind closed doors.

It's a setback for officials who, a couple of weeks ago, were hoping for the number of people involved at games to rise from 200 to 500.

Now, no more than 40 persons per team should be allowed access to games. And that figure includes all players, management, coaches and backroom personnel.

The 80 people involved on match day is in addition to essential personnel such as the referee, lines-people, umpires, stewards and media.

"Despite the new restrictive measures, it's all systems go, as far as we are concerned," declared Dublin County Board vice-chairman, Ken O'Sullivan.

"We have our programme of games set out. We will be following the fixture schedule that we have put in place. We are ready to go."

This weekend sees the four quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior Hurling A Championship taking place in Parnell Park.

"There should be plenty of good action there. Four attractive matches.It's a pity it's now behind closed doors, but that's something that is outside of our control," adds Ken.

"We'll keep working away to the best of our ability. That's what the clubs have been doing. The Dublin GAA clubs deserve huge credit for the great commitment they have been showing since we returned to play."

Last night's Dublin GAA Under-12 programme was cancelled. And the GAA's Director-General, Tom Ryan, stated: "While we await further clarification on the issue of parents attending juvenile games, we suggest that one parent or guardian may attend a game where they consider it necessary for the welfare of their own child.

"Cúl Camps and team training should continue for the moment on the basis that no more than 15 people (including coaches) are in a designated area of the field.

"As ever, the Association asks units and members to do their utmost to protect public health and we are very grateful for everybody's efforts in this regard."

There were two positive Covid-19 tests in Dublin last weekend. The Dublin SFC 1 game between Raheny and St Oliver Plunkett/ER was postponed after one of the Raheny players tested positive.

That game has been re-fixed for next Wednesday night in Parnell Park (7.30) with the second qualifying place in the group (behind Kilmacud Crokes) still to be decided.

Dublin County Board CEO, John Costello, has declared "that the Dublin County Board games will continue as scheduled."