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Mayo GAA has suspended its financial levy on clubs for the months of March and April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Mayo GAA has suspended its financial levy on clubs for the months of March and April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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Mayo GAA has suspended its financial levy on clubs for the months of March and April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Mayo GAA has suspended its financial levy on clubs for the months of March and April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayo clubs have to pay up to €7,000 annually because of debts relating to the redevelopment of MacHale Park, with the Mayo County Board servicing a substantial Croke Park loan.

But with the global Covid-19 crisis imposing not just a health burden but a financial one on all levels of Irish society, Mayo GAA chiefs have taken the first steps to alleviate the pressure on its constituent clubs.

"In light of the current Covid-19 situation we are all facing, the Mayo GAA Executive can confirm we will be suspending all levy payments to our clubs for the months of March and April," a statement outlined.

"We appreciate many clubs and their members are facing an uncertain future and we want to try and help ease the burden on all clubs across the county by suspending their payments during this time.

"This situation will be reviewed next month and clubs will be updated accordingly."

The statement went on: "We would also like to acknowledge the good work many clubs are currently undertaking to help the more vulnerable members of their community during this time and we thank them for this invaluable effort.

"Clubs are reminded to continue to follow the HSE and Government guidelines as best they can to avoid the spread of Covid-19."