The Galway Camogie Board has agreed to rearrange next month's championship clash with Cork to avoid a clash of dates between the Rebels footballers and camogie players.
The All-Ireland champions were due to take on Cork in their All-Ireland Senior Championship Group 1 on 7 November, the same day the Leesiders were to face Kerry in the first round of the Munster Football Championship, with a number of dual players involved in both camps.
The Leesiders had threatened strike action to highlight their plight, but the camogie fixture has now been pushed out 24 hours after cooperation from the Galway Camogie Board and their management team.
Meanwhile Cork camogie boss Paudie Murray believes his plans and preparations for the forthcoming All-Ireland Championship campaign thrown into disarray with the news that his team has been given a walkover by Offaly three days out from their opening round clash.
"It’s hugely disappointing news for us as obviously we had been physically and mentally geared for the Offaly match," pointed out the Cork supremo on the decision taken by the midlands outfit.
"And what it makes additionally annoying is that the news was conveyed to us so close to the date of the match.
"Yesterday afternoon I got word about the walkover from the Cork camogie spokesperson, Marian McCarthy, who had been given the news by the people in Croke Park.
"As well, a walkover in the current Covid-19 pandemic is much more discommoding and inconvenient than would normally be the case because of all the safeguards you have to take regarding social distancing in connecting with travel on buses and the organising of meals etc," added Murray, whose side are also scheduled to face Wexford on Saturday 31 October and Galway on Sunday 8 November.
While the Galway game has been rearranged, further fixture problems loom on the horizon.
The camogie All-Ireland quarter-finals are scheduled for 14 November, a date on which the Cork footballers are down to face Cavan in their second All-Ireland tie.
As well, the All-Ireland semi-finals in both codes are pencilled in for the weekend of 28-29 November.
The clashing of the games has prompted Cork camogie player Laura Treacy to raise the strike option and Murray fully understands the significant level of frustration and annoyance harboured by the five players who feature in both codes – Maebh Cahalane, Libby Coppinger, Fiona Keating, Hannah Looney and Ciara McCarthy.
"Obviously it’s a very unsatisfactory situation and the five dual players have repeatedly said they are not going to choose between playing in one code over the other," pointed out the Cork supremo.
"But I feel that it’s up to the Ladies’ Football Association rather than the Camogie Association to resolve the impasse and so allow the dual players to play both the camogie and football games.
"This is my ninth year as manager of the Cork camogie team and this problem crops up on a fairly regularly basis. On four occasions, the dual player dilemma has been resolved, but on each occasion it was the Camogie Association which gave ground and altered the dates for the matches in question.
"In a situation like this, there has to be give-and-take, and it’s about time that the Ladies’ Football Association took this reality on board.
"As well, the Women’s Gaelic Players’ Association need to become involved in the process rather remaining on the sidelines as they have done in the past."