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Nation needs to see games

Our mental health at stake says former GAA President Brennan

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Nickey Brennan

Nickey Brennan

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Nickey Brennan

The GAA must proceed with their inter-county Championships, according to former President Nickey Brennan.

Speaking to The Herald after yesterday's Government announcement that sport was being taken behind-closed-doors until September 13, Brennan said it was imperative that the GAA's premier competitions go ahead in order to protect "the mental health of the nation".

"I think there needs to be a championship for the mental health of the people of the country who just want to see matches," Brennan stressed.

"Of course it's going to be surreal playing those games behind closed doors. But we have to play, both for the integrity of the championship itself, but more importantly for the health and well-being of the people in the country who would look forward to seeing those matches."

The Kilkenny native, who recorded a positive Covid-19 test back in March, stressed that it was now incumbent on the Government to bail out both Croke Park and cash-strapped county boards, given the dwindling chance that significant crowds would be allowed into games later this year.

"They must compensate the GAA nationally and they must compensate the county boards, because the mental health of the nation is at stake."

Meanwhile, the postponed Dublin SFC Group 4 tie between Raheny and St Oliver Plunkett's/ER is refixed for Wednesday, 26 August in Parnell Park.