Cork forward Patrick Horgan admits he is finding it hard to envisage an end to the coronavirus restrictions and is not keen on playing championship hurling in empty stadiums.

The GAA ordered all counties and clubs to shut down in late March until 19 April, at which point it will be reviewed, but soundings from the powers that be suggest there will be no quick return to normality.

"There isn't going to be a magic point at the start of May, where life as we knew it can resume," Minister for Health Simon Harris said earlier today.

The Munster Hurling Championship, now played on a round-robin basis, was due to start on 10 May but Horgan feels that if and when it does throw in, it may have to be played with a knock-out format.

"That would be very exciting," the Glen Rovers sharpshooter told RTE 2fm's Game On.

"One life and you're out, I'd say there would be a good buzz around that. It's probably something that's going to have to happen.

"If [the championship] does go ahead they won't be able to do those group stages so it will probably be knockout over a few weeks.

"There's probably about eight teams there who feel they can win the [All-Ireland] championship and we're one of them.

"Any time you go out now it's just a toss of a coin or the break of a ball. We'd give it a rattle but there's a lot of competition out there."

Patrick Horgan is not enthusiastic about playing games away from the supporters

Four-time All Star Horgan also addressed the possibility of games being played behind closed doors, not an idea the 31-year-old was keen on.

"To be honest I just can't see the end [of the restrictions on sport]," he said.

"It's not going to be any time soon, the end of the year possibly. Will they let stadiums fill up at the end of the year, I'm not sure.

"I couldn't see [playing in an empty stadium] being too exciting.

"Even for clubs, playing with no one in the grounds would be very hard. Especially with our club, we have good support and they drive us on.

"That's kind of the buzz of it, that's what keeps you on edge all week, going up against great players there for everyone to see.

"It would put you on edge and get you nervous, that's what we play for.

"Being able to hear the ball come off the hurley around the stadium wouldn't be too good."

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