Competitive club GAA games for youth and adults can recommence in Northern Ireland from 7 May.

A week before that, from 1 May, challenge matches are permitted subject to county committee and provincial councils being informed in advance through the proper channels.

Such challenge games must be played in and only involve teams from the six counties, and at club level only.

The latest developments have emerged following Ulster GAA’s consultation with the GAA Covid Advisory Group and the Department for Communities/Sport NI.

This follows a meeting of the Northern Ireland Executive in mid-April confirming that squad training and competitive outdoor sport could return on Friday 23 April.

Already, 15 people (including coaches), have been able to resume training in Northern Ireland since 12 April.

"It is anticipated that we will not be in a position to report on the potential dates for return of adult activity in Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan for a further 7-10 days," an Ulster GAA statement read.

"This, of course, is dependent on future announcements from the Irish Government/NPHET. Underage activity, under strict conditions, can resume from 26 April."

In all cases no supporters will be allowed.

Ulster GAA says the maximum number of personnel involved at games / training must not exceed 100 persons under any circumstances.

This includes players, team managers, officials, support personnel, medical etc. and media personnel, if appropriate.

"The attendance of spectators is strictly forbidden including parents/designated persons at youth games/training," the statement adds.

"If a parent / designated person wishes to remain on-site for the duration of the game / activity, they may do so in close proximity to the event (eg. in their cars) and must also have completed the GAA online health questionnaire prior to leaving home. It is important again to emphasise that the attendance of spectators is strictly forbidden

"These arrangements apply to both GAA-controlled venues and non-GAA controlled venues, such as local authority pitches.

"It is both a great privilege and a great responsibility that our GAA units have been permitted to resume training and competition at this time and visible compliance from all of us is required."

It's hoped that the Irish government could give the green light for adult club training to soon resume in the 26 counties when they reveal tweaks to their roadmap in the coming two weeks.

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