Armagh GAA officials have taken the decision to suspend all club activity with immediate effect and until further notice.

The news emerged after a statement from Armagh GAA Management Committee meeting earlier this evening.

Record numbers of positive Covid-19 cases were reported in the North today and Armagh bosses have acted swiftly to cease activities. Armagh GAA Chairperson, Michael Savage said it was not an easy decision.

"Following an update today on the significant rise in cases across the North combined with a number of our clubs adversely impacted," he said.

"This decision has not been taken lightly but we believe this is the right and responsible decision to safeguard our members and our communities.

"We will review this situation in consultation with Ulster GAA in the coming days and we urge all members to continue to follow the public health advice," he said.

Earlier today, the Armagh senior football squad suspended training following confirmation that a number of their players have tested positive for Covid-19.

There has been a big rise in the number of confirmed cases of the virus throughout the North over the last week.

The NI executive announced new lockdown measures yesterday.

An earlier statement from Armagh GAA said: "Following a recent outbreak in a local club, Armagh Senior Football team has a number of confirmed positive results for Covid-19. We are strictly following the GAA and public health advice and as a precautionary measure we have postponed collective training.

"These are difficult times for our communities and Armagh GAA urges all members to follow the public health guidelines."

Armagh are due to face Roscommon in a crucial Allianz League Division 2 clash on Saturday, 17 October, ahead of their final league game away to Clare and their Ulster SFC opener against Derry at Celtic Park on 1 November. 

Meanwhile, the South Kerry County final between St Mary's Cahirsiveen and Dromid Pearses has been cancelled. 

Due to take place on Sunday, the game has been postponed "due to notification of a Covid issue arising in the past 24 hours", South Kerry GAA said on Thursday night.