The prospect of the Olympics and rugby players from three southern provinces will be among the elite Irish athletes who are permitted to continue training in designated places starting Monday.
The decision came after the Irish Government approved a submission from Sport Ireland which called for the move.
The body that regulates Olympic sports says the ongoing inactivity leaves athletes in danger of falling behind their opponents.
The decision also allows Derry City to continue training.
Brandywell’s outfit are among four Irish League clubs set to take part in a tournament in July aimed at restarting domestic football in the Republic of Ireland.
Leinster, Munster and Connacht will be able to return to training next week, although under the social distance requirement for now, while the Ulster players are scheduled to reconnect on June 29.
Sport Ireland welcomed the decision
Sport Ireland’s chief executive, John Treacy welcomed the Irish Government’s decision.
Athletes allowed to return to training include those in the Sport Ireland international carding scheme and funding high-performance programs in addition to football and rugby players identified by FAI and IRFU.
Irish Sports submitted to the Government in May seeking a special dispensation for high-performance athletes to travel beyond distance limits to train at specialized high-performance training centers.
This proposal is supported by the Irish Olympic Federation, the Irish Paralympics and national sports governing bodies.
“Since the Covid-19 restriction was imposed in March, the operation of our high performance program has been greatly affected,” said the head of Sport Ireland Treacy.
“Athletes have shown great dedication in continuing to practice individually in their remote environment.
“However, sports that are dependent on facilities or are team based cannot easily replicate the benefits of training in their home environment.
“Irish sports have worked closely with our funded bodies to understand their requirements so that they can return to training in a safe and controlled manner and have advocated on their behalf to ensure rapid returns with appropriate protocols.
“Sports Ireland would like to thank Minister Ross and Griffin for their support in enabling this to be facilitated.”
National government agencies are asked to prepare detailed protocols that outline how athletes and support personnel will remain safe after they return to training.
Places to be reopened include the Sport Ireland Campus, which includes facilities such as the National Aquatic Center and Ireland’s Cricket training base.
Sport Ireland said a return to training for athletes is not mandatory with “all athletes are encouraged to take personal responsibility and ensure that they operate within the protocol parameters of each sport”.
Other places that will be reopened include Morton Stadium, Irish High Performance Sailing Headquarters at Dun Laoghaire, National Rowing Center, GUI Academy at Carton House plus training grounds for Dundalk FC, Derry City, Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, Leinster, Munster and Connacht .
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