The GAA said it is "hopeful" Cúl Camps will be staged this summer, but contingency plans have been drawn up as the Association continues to work on a roadmap for the reopening of pitches around the country. 

A number of meetings with the Covid-19 Advisory Group have taken place this week and while Director General Tom Ryan has said that a roadmap continues to be discussed around the reopening of pitches for public use in a "safe and controlled" manner, he gave no indication that this would happen before 20 July, the previous date given by the Association for such an eventuality. 

RTÉ Sport understands that from 8 June, GAA clubs will be able to apply to open walking tracks around their premises and Ryan conceded this would have a significant impact on communities around the country. 

"GAA clubs are part of communities all around the country, so in almost every case they are more than just football and hurling pitches. The committee rooms are used by all manner of organisations and friends of the association," he said. 

"That group is going to set out for us a road map in terms of how we get back up and running, when the time is right and the environment is correct." 

Ryan also said that while they remain hopeful that the summer Cúl Camps, for children between the ages of six and 13, will proceed as scheduled, plans are in place should medical advice result in their cancellation. 

"Yes, I hope so," Ryan responded when asked if he thought the camps would proceed as planned. "It is only fair to say we are working on contingency plans around it as we are in an uncertain environment.

"We can’t guarantee that they are going to happen, but if you saw the sheer amount of energy and work that people are putting in to give us a chance of staging them, it’s humbling and really impressive. 

"If the authorities can tell us it is safe to go ahead with them, we will do it. The Cúl Camps are a huge element of everyone’s summer and it would be lovely to think we could get them undertaken." 

National Cúl Camps co-ordinator Charlie Harrison is busy finalising a roadmap for how these camps can take place nationwide, HSE guidelines permitting. 

Everything is being considered – from holding virtual camps at the very least to the possibility of typical or regional gatherings being held. At Easter time, the Games Development Department held virtual skills sessions for kids and attracted 11,000 users which shows the appetite, even for online interaction.

However, the Government's view that gatherings of no more than 100 indoors and 500 outdoors could soon be permitted has provided increased hope that traditional camps could yet be held in 2020.