New York County Board chairperson Joan Henchy has said their primary focus is now on rallying around the "resilient" Irish community after the start of the All-Ireland SFC was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York were due to host Galway in the Connacht SFC in Gaelic Park on 3 May, but that game has been pushed back, with the GAA stating "the future for this fixture will be considered at a later date".

New York were set to name up to six debutants from their flourishing development squad, but Henchy stressed that their priority now is on making sure all the club's members are safe and well.

"It's something we kind of expected," she told RTÉ Sport's Damien O'Meara on Morning Ireland.

"Ultimately the health and welfare of our members, players and community in general is foremost in our minds at the moment. 

"Our county team has been training before Christmas. I had to shut down all collective training ten days ago. Like I said, the players' health and safety is the primary concern right now.

"The games themselves are a minor part of our association. We don't take the word 'family' lightly. Maybe because we're exiles, we're a little bit more in tune with that fact.

"We do look after our community. The Irish community here is resilient. It is going to rally around each other. We have a responsibility to make that sure our members are protected.

"We know a lot of them are in the hospitality industry at the moment and ultimately they're going to be affected really badly. We have to be there to help out, even if it's only a friendly ear.

"The Irish community in general, they are an amazing bunch. I'm proud to be a member of the association but ultimately to be a part of this community - and our community is very, very strong."

Henchy conceded that if New York's games against the Tribesmen is going to happen at all it may not be until the autumn, and even then it may be just a friendly or challenge game.

With the Allianz Leagues and all club activities suspended until 29 March, it is widely expected that this period of inactivity will now last much longer.

"The organisation is going to work with us," Henchy added.

"If this is something we can do in September or October, even if it is only a friendly this year, whatever it may be, ultimately the GAA has some serious challenges ahead. Whatever we can do we'll do.

"We have a strategic plan in place that actually included a lot more of our development squad, which we stated three years ago. There was twelve of the kids - I call them kids because they were kids when they started playing football back in the day so they'll always be kids to me - they were all involved.

"At least five or six of them were going to make their debuts this year. That's not going to change. Whenever we get to play this game that's what we'll be looking forward to.

"We'll do whatever it takes to be a part of Connacht. It's unchartered waters. We'll just go along with guidelines from New York State and national headquarters.

"No more than Ireland right now, it is a day by day situation."