While the inter-county game awaits definitive confirmation over a return to action post-lockdown, how are GAA, LGFA and Camogie clubs around the country dealing with the current uncertainty?

The Sunday Game visited three clubs to find out about how they have dealt with the time in which regular club activities have been on hold.

In Galway, Sarsfields had started the year in style, beating Derry's Slaughtneil in a tightly contested  All-Ireland club final to win the competition for the first time.

That was on 1 March, yet with everything that has happened in between, it almost feels like a lifetime ago according to one of Sarsfield's key players Niamh McGrath.

"It's hard to believe, first of all, that it's three months ago," she said.

"The 1st of March, it seems surreal that it was only three months ago. It seems like another lifetime ago but it was the best day of my life and all of the girls' lives. Given the current circumstances, we were lucky to have it played at all."

Club-mate Ken Cooney added that the hurling section of Sarsfields, having been inspired by their camogie counterparts, will have an even stronger appetite to put in performances when they get the green light to train and play again.

Further north in Co. Down, Kilcoo had made an appearance in the All-Ireland Club Football final, having triumphed provincially before restrictions came into place.

"It's been a real struggle," said Kilcoo's vice chair and PRO Michael Kane of the last few weeks and months.

"The first few weeks, this thing hit us like a bang but now it's dragging on."

Kilcoo players make their way out onto the Croke Park pitch in January

Similarly, Kilcoo player Aaron Branagan feels they are "in limbo".

"Your training but it doesn't have the same intensity because you're asking yourself is there much point if this isn't going to go ahead," he added.

In Dublin, Ballymun Kickhams' Darragh Conlon spoke of missing the camaraderie that comes with life on a panel, while chairman Paul Ashton said, "We're all concerned that when we do get back, will we still have the same cohort of people that we would have had pre-Covid time?"

All three clubs also highlighted the financial challenges with bills still needing to be paid.

"Our fundraising has basically been halted," Kane explained.

"The money that we take through at the gate on the Friday night of a Division 1 league game is a massive contributor to the club's funds."

Meanwhile, on the issue of opening up pitches in light of physical distancing requirements, Niamh McGrath said that, in her view, "I don't see why the pitches can't be open today like parks?"

And Sarsfields' chairman Michael Hynes opined: "If social distancing has to be observed, I can see no matches at all this year."

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