The Post-Primary Schools GAA All-Ireland series is the latest casualty in the association's 2021 fixtures program.

Amid the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the GAA’s post primary committee has decided that no All-Ireland series will be held this year.

There is still a possibility that secondary school teams will get to compete in their respective competitions at provincial level.

But that will be wholly dependent on public health advice and will be decided at a later date.

The committee will monitor the public health situation in the coming weeks and months with a review around March likely to determine whether provincial secondary school competitions can take place.

"We have taken that decision that there will be no All-Ireland series at this level," said secretary of the GAA’s Post-Primary body, Brendan Connolly.

"We will look to review the situation again in March and fingers crossed we could be in a better place at that stage to enable provincial games to be played.

"But there are no guarantees.

"That will be determined by public health guidelines and advice."

It’s understood that if it is safe to proceed with games at that juncture there could be an opportunity for provincial campaigns to go ahead.

Equally, committees in any province can make the decision not to proceed. 

"At this juncture the only thing that is definite is the removal of the All-Ireland series," Connolly confirmed.

News of the removal of All-Ireland series at secondary level is no surprise.

Yesterday, the Higher Education Committee announced that all third-level competitions, including the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon cups.

There is still a chance that fresher students who will not get to play any GAA activity with their colleges could play in a new 'Second Year’ tournament at the start of the next academic year.

However, it’s highly unlikely that the postponed 2021 colleges’ competitions will be played later this year – at the start of the new 2021-22 academic term.

The GAA says that all stakeholders will hold a consultation in the coming weeks to further discuss and monitor the situation.