The GAA have confirmed that Under-20 and minor inter-county competitions will pause from midnight "until further notice" as the country moves to Level 5 restrictions in dealing with Covid-19.

Saturday's scheduled EirGrid GAA U20 football final meeting of Dublin and Galway will not take place. 

This evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U20 hurling fixtures will proceed. 

Galway county board chairman Pat Kearney earlier said confirmation had been received from Croke Park that their Under-20 match would not go ahead 

Kearney said the County Board assumed the match was proceeding until this morning when Croke Park informed officials that the game had been postponed. 

He said the match would be played when the public health situation improved but that no timeframe could be put on the fixture, at this stage. 

Mr Kearney told RTÉ Sport: "There must be question marks over the minor championship for this year."

However, he pointed out that the knockout nature of the competition meant that the fixture schedule could be cleared in a relatively short time frame. 

The suspension of underage games will no doubt come as the disappointment to the association following the commencement of the Munster U20 hurling championship on Monday, where Cork and Tipperary advanced to the semi-finals. 

Under the new exceptions list, published on the government’s website this week, it states: "No training or matches should take place, with the exception of inter-county Gaelic games."

It would appear the GAA had viewed this as allowing both underage and senior inter-county action to continue, but mistakenly so. 

Meanwhile Cork county board have confirmed that no further club finals will take place this year, with the games rescheduled for the first weekend of March next year. The U21 championship will not be held. 

Additionally, the GAA's CCCC has been informed that Longford will not be fulfilling their Allianz Football League fixture with Cork this weekend.

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