The Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire cups will remain in Croke Park this year and homecoming parades for the All-Ireland hurling and football champions will be postponed.

GAA President John Horan confirmed that the trophies will not leave HQ because of the fear they "will be a focus of crowds gathering".

"The country is still in a pandemic and we have to be careful," he said on The Late Late Show. 

"The cups will not be leaving Croke Park. They'll be retained in Croke Park. It's our concern that the cups will be a focus of crowds gathering and extra social activity going on around the cups.

"We feel we have to be responsible about this. The clubs will get to see them and the schools will get to see them in time, but we just feel that the way the country is and the way the pandemic is resting at the moment that it would be better if we retain them. There'll be no homecoming for the winning teams either.

"The county boards are aware of that and the players are aware of that and they've bought into it. We appreciate what we've got out of this. We got a championship. We got great entertainment.

"I think it would tarnish anybody winning an All-Ireland if a big outbreak came within a particular area. We should learn from the experiences in England where Liverpool and Leeds had success and crowds gathered in big squares."

Dublin face Cavan in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final on Saturday with Tipperary and Mayo squaring off in the other last-four clash on Sunday. The final takes place on 19 December.

Next weekend Waterford and Limerick do battle in the All-Ireland SHC decider.  

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