Kilkenny’s Leinster minor hurling championship final against Offaly has been postponed.
There was some confusion around the impact the level 5 restrictions introduced for Christmas Eve onwards would have on sporting events when the announcements were made on Tuesday.
While hurling and football can continue at senior / elite level, it’s not the same case for minor inter-county hurlers and footballers.
Per Offaly GAA via Twitter,
“Regrettably, the GAA has been informed that under the new Level 5 restrictions, inter-county minor games are not allowed after 27th Dec. so the Leinster MFC and MHC finals are postponed.”
“The GAA intends to play the games at the first available opportunity”.
Kilkenny were due to travel to O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday to face Offaly’s minor hurlers with Offaly contesting the football final against Meath in Dublin’s Parnell Park. The U20 hurling championship has also been suspended as games cannot take place after 27 December.
With Level 5 restrictions set to be reviewed on 12 January, táiniste Leo Varadkar had indicated earlier this week that they may remain in place for some time, potentially through February/March.