23 March 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A fear that plans by the GAA to channel major funding into the development of the Casement Park stadium in Armagh could mean the “death-knell” for the staging of future Ulster football finals at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones was expressed by Sinn Féin councillor Donal Sherry at Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.
Speaking towards the conclusion of Monday’s meeting, Colr Sherry said he wanted to sound “a note of caution” in relation to the development plans for Casement Park. He thought it could have implications for the future staging of major games such as the Ulster Final in Clones.
Colr Sherry said that Clones had always been the home of the Ulster final, but remarked that it had been the experience of Co Monaghan that “anything we lost, we never got back.”
Independent councillor Seamus Treanor expressed the view that the major funding recently received by the GAA should be distributed throughout the clubs rather than being spent in one location.
Colr Treanor said that the development of a 40,000-seater stadium in west Belfast would be an unwise move, as he didn’t believe that the necessary crowds would travel to the venue.
Cathaoirleach Robbie Gallagher said the situation also raised the question of what the Clones venue was going to be used for in the future.

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