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Coronavirus: Armagh GAA game cancelled with doubts raised over Ulster Schools’ Cup final

The GAA has announced a blanket ban on all activity across every age level in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Armagh were set to play Roscommon in a crunch clash at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night but that has been pulled following the Irish governments advice to cancel mass gatherings.

That game would have seen around 10,000 people visit the Dalton road venue in Armagh city.

A GAA spokesperson, this afternoon, said: “In light of this morning’s Government announcement, the GAA, An Cumann Camógaíochta and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have decided to suspend all activity at club, county and educational levels until March 29 (inclusive) from midnight.

“This is to include all games, training and team gatherings at all ages and all grades.

“We will continue to liaise with Government officials and review the situation between now and the end of the month, assessing the impact of these measures on our competitions.

“In the meantime, the Association is encouraging all members to continue to follow the guidelines which have been provided by the Health Authorities.”

There are also question marks over the Ulster Schools’ Rugby final between Royal School Armagh and Wallace High at the Kingspan Stadium on March 17.

Down Royal has announced it putting its St Patrick’s Day meeting behind closed doors.

Emma Meehan, Chief Executive of Down Royal Racecourse said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused; however the health and safety of racegoers is our priority. Only runners, riders and trainers will be in attendance, with turnstiles closed to racegoers. Ticketholders will automatically receive a full refund within 14 working days.”

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