20 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

St Mary’s Park has achieved a somewhat iconic status among GAA venues, not only in Monaghan and Ulster, but right across the entire country, hosting as it did so many important matches.

Within Monaghan it has hosted club championship matches including County Finals, it was the venue for many of Monaghan’s home games in the National Football League over the years, it was a popular venue for Ulster Senior Football Championship matches, it hosted provincial finals at Junior level and was also the venue for the first ever inter-County championship match to be played under lights when Monaghan played Longford there back in the 1990’s and it saw some titanic tussles in the All Ireland Club Championships as well.

Perhaps one of the most memorable occasions though was the beginning of the Monaghan renaissance with victory over Down in the opening round of the 1979 Ulster Senior Football Championship, from where Monaghan went on to end 41 years in the Ulster ….


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