The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) says it is suspending all club games at all levels with immediate effect.
It says this suspension will be in place until further notice.
Its management committee says the decision has been taken "in the interest of public safety" following a number of incidents that have been brought to their attention in recent days.
It says post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events in particular have proved "disappointing and problematic."
The GAA directive applies to all ages and all grades across the island.
While club social centres and bars are also to close.
In a statement, the GAA says: "Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with COVID-19 and relevant guidelines in the six counties.
"The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks, regarding changes in Government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly."
The association also acknowledges those who have worked diligently "in complying with the public health advice" around the staging of games and training sessions.