Tuesday's evening's announcement by the Government to retain crowd restrictions for outdoor gatherings at 200 was met with disappointment by many.

For the GAA, more frustration on top of growing fears that counties won't be able to field senior teams in the GAA championship due to the funding crisis caused by the coronavirus.

Some are already sending distress signals. Offaly chairperson, Michael Duignan, speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland said: "It takes a lot of money to run a county board and our main funding comes from our crowds.

"Last year in Offaly, we would have done close to €400,000 on gate receipts. Galway would have done close to €1 million.

"Without that money, without that income, even allowing our teams to go back training, it won't happen because we don't have the money.

"Certainly, I can speak for Offaly. We are looking at a huge deficit for the year as it is and our only hope of getting back to parity was having decent crowds at our matches and that's not going to happen for the foreseeable future."

Duignan's counterpart in Westmeath, Billy Foley, told today's Irish Independent: "The future is bleak. We could have 10 teams playing for Sam Maguire and maybe eight for Liam MacCarthy next year".

On RTÉ Radio's Drivetime, reporter Barry Lenihan got the views of Laois chair Peter O'Neill. Again, a bleak picture was painted.

"What's happening at the moment with no crowds has very serious implications for us as a county," he said.

"The championship revenue from the club games is our main revenue - and that's what funds our inter-county teams - from minor up to senior in hurling and football.

"We would have taken €400,000 per annum from our gates. At this rate, it does look as if we'll be down 80-85%.

"Because of Covid, we have unable to have any fundraisers, which is probably another €100,000. 

"There's no one going to pull a magic rabbit out of a hat and give half a million to everyone"

"All counties apart from the top four or five would be in serious jeopardy and are looking at deficits of up to €400,000."

O'Neill also agrees with Bill Foley that reduced numbers could be playing in both the All-Ireland Football and Hurling championships next year. 

"I would agree with Billy. It is a strong fear at the moment. There doesn't seem to be any golden nugget that is going to come from anywhere - and I don't expect one to come.

"There's no one going to pull a magic rabbit out of a hat and say here's half a million to every county in Ireland."