The Central Council of the GAA has decided to reintroduce pre-season inter-county competitions for 2022.

It had been expected that the various competitions would be scrapped.

A recommendation from the Fixtures Task Force Calendar Review Committee called for the abolition of the O'Byrne, McGrath and McKenna Cups, along with the Connacht League.

This was to allow a considerable closed season for inter-county players.

Meanwhile hurling’s Walsh and Kehoe Cups and Munster Hurling League were also to be culled. That dictation centred on the prevention of collective inter-county training before 1 January.

However county boards have been informed that training sessions can recommence from 8 December and challenge matches can commence in January.

A number of counties subsequently expressed an interest in pre-season fare continuing. Those counties felt that would be better served playing in an organised pre-season format rather than arranging sporadic challenge games.

Saturday’s Ard Chomhairle meeting gave the green light for those competitions to begin once more.

Ard Chomhairle also agreed to submit motions to Congress 2022 on foot of proposals from the Standing Committee on Playing Rules, the sliotar workgroup and Games Development Committee and also approved a motion to allow another player to join the captain for acceptance of the trophy on behalf of the team.

The Code of Behaviour (underage) was amended to assist the Child Safeguarding Committee in its work in ensuring compliance by all units with the Children’s First Act and the Rules of the Association.

The Rules Drafting Report arising from Motions approved at Special Congress was approved. Finally, the 2022 Master Fixture Plan was also approved.