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Ard Comhairle Statement: 2020 Competitions Update

Following a meeting of GAA Handball Ard Comhairle to discuss the current Level 5 restrictions and their impact on the remaining GAA Handball Clár, the following decisions were made on the remaining competitions for 2020.

The following competitions are still outstanding for 2020: 

  • Juvenile Softball Semi Finals & Finals 
  • 40x20 All Ireland Adult Singles Finals 
  • 40x20 Juvenile Singles and Doubles Finals


The following factors were discussed: 

  • For National competitions to take place the country would need to be at level 2 restrictions which are unlikely to happen until just before Christmas unless there is a dramatic improvement in case numbers. 
  • Taking Christmas/New Year’s into account there is only a three-week window for hosting games in December meaning if the country was to move to level 2 on 1st December players would need to be ready to play immediately having had no training for the previous 6 weeks. 
  • It is highly unlikely that multiple games in one venue will be permitted so multiple venues will be required. 
  • In terms of the Softball Semi Finals and Finals the month of December may not be suitable to hold 60x30 games. Several clubs have expressed their concern in relation to this. 
  • While absolute clarity cannot be given, it is endeavoured to give as much clarity as possible to players/clubs as to when/if their finals will take place. 


The following decision has been made by GAA Handball Ard Comhairle with respect to the remainder of 2020 as follows: 

  • There will be no more national competitions for the remainder of 2020. 
  • It is planned to complete all remaining outstanding 2020 competitions by mid-February 2021. 
  • This will be reviewed in January with regard to what current Covid19 restrictions are in place at the time. 
  • This applies to National competitions only. Local level handball may be permitted if restrictions allow for same.