Dave O’Neill believes that the Dublin players breaking Covid-19 guidelines was an “isolated incident” and that it should not detract from the hard work that clubs around the country are doing to be able to return to play.
“It’s unfortunate. They are role models but hopefully it’s an isolated incident and we are within two weeks of returning so it shouldn’t do anything in stopping the return to play. There is a willingness in all GAA people to get back to the way that it was as soon as possible.”
O’Neill said that the incident will have no effect on clubs in Ireland.
“We as clubs get on with our own lives. From our own point of view, we’re really busy and we’re in the process of constructing a new building which will be a social area and dressing rooms for the players as well as a new walking track. That’s just our own club, so I don’t think clubs will be too focused on what happened with Dublin.”
The Ballycallan chairman feels that the sole focus of GAA people should be working towards getting their team back playing at a time when all GAA activity is currently suspended.
“We need to see people back out on the field and I think everyone is geared towards that whether it be club, county or juveniles so we’re on the right track and hopefully we can get there by the summer.”
O’Neill also expressed his opinion regarding the changes that will occur once hurling and football return.
“I think you’ll see a whole new emphasis on county leagues because they will be used to get players up to speed. They will be really important for club coaches in getting players fit and ready to go come the start of competitive action.”