It's been an unusual adjustment to life in a new city for six-time Camogie All-Star Orla Cotter.

The half-forward, who was Player of the Match when winning her seventh All-Ireland with Cork in 2018, moved to New York for work with her husband six months ago.

The experience was an exciting one at first but the Big Apple is now the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US with over 11,000 deaths.

"The first few months were really good, we had people coming over to visit and doing new things, going to see musicals on Broadway and basketball games in Madison Square Garden," Cotter told 2fm's Game On.

"The last couple of weeks, things have changed obviously, as they have in Ireland and around the world.

"You go out for a walk or to the shop and everyone is wearing masks now. You have to wear a mask going into any shops. Grocery, stories, pharmacies, butchers are the only things open.

"It’s weird. Usually it’s so busy and people rushing everywhere. It’s a big change."

Cotter played in the Camogie All-Star game in November, which was conveniently in New York, and had planned to join local side Liberty Gaels but that is obviously now on hold.

There's no sign yet of when games might resume here either but the prospect of a squeezed Championship could lure her back.

"When I left (Cork manager) Paudie Murray was leaving the door open," she said.

"I was still mulling over my decision when all this happened. Since the start of the year I’ve only missed two league games in total so in one way I haven’t missed a huge amount.

"I’ll see what happens with the Championship, if it was to be played over a short period of time I’d definitely consider going back. But everything is up in the air at the moment. It’s hard to know what’s going to happen."

Cotter, whose mother is a nurse in a nursing home while her brother works for the NHS in the UK, is well aware that there are more important things than sport in these unprecedented times.

However, she thinks even the hope of games resuming this year could help athletes whose routine has been shattered to cope with life in lockdown.

"If you knew the Championship wasn’t going to start till October/November you could plan for then but not knowing is very difficult for all sports people.

"It's a bigger thing at the moment saving lives and keeping everyone safe.

"But for players to train away in the hope there might be something might keep some of them sane, to have a focus and a goal."