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St Flannan's joint captains Conner Hegarty and Cian Galvin lift the cup following their Harty Cup final win over CBC Cork at Mallow. Photograph by John Kelly

No option for Flannan’s to defend their title as Harty Cup is cancelled for 2021

A letter send Post Primary Schools in Munster today (Thursday, February 25) read, “I hope this email finds you well and that you and all your loved ones are safe at this time. Following recent announcements from the Government regarding the extension of level 5 restrictions and also from Cumann Lúthchleas Gael indicating that no on-field activity will be permitted – training or games – until Easter at the earliest, Comhairle Iar-Bhunscoileanna na Mumhan has unfortunately had to make the decision to cancel all outstanding competitions for the remainder of the current school year 2020-2021.

“We know this decision will come as a great disappointment to all those hoping for Post Primary Schools GAA activity but the decision has been made and communicated at this time in order to bring greater clarity to the situation, especially for those students preparing for state examinations.

“Comhairle Iar-Bhunscoileanna na Mumhan would like to thank teachers/coaches for their understanding and acknowledge their efforts in preparing school teams for Munster GAA PPS competitions under the challenging conditions presented by the pandemic this year. We hope teachers/coaches can take comfort in the knowledge that they have played a vital role in supporting students through the current situation,” the letter concluded.

The Ennis school defeated CBC Cork in Mallow on March 1, 2020, to claim their first title since 2005. Winning on a final scoreline of 1-15 to 1-12, the final eventually took place in front of a bumper crowd of 2,947, having been postponed due to inclement weather two weeks previous and then deferred by a day before traffic congestion led to a ten minute delay to the throw-in time.

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