G.A.A. “WILL NEVER ABANDON CLONES”

13 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– Association President tells Co Council that St Tiernach’s Park has “nothing to fear” from Casement project

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The vow that the GAA “will never abandon Clones” as a venue for major games was made by the Association’s National President, Co Cavan man Aogán Ó Fearghail, when he addressed Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.
While the controversial Sky broadcasting deal, the development of the GAA in diaspora communities and the disrespect sometimes shown by Gaelic sports players towards match officials were prominent among a wide range of topics addressed in the comments of Mr Ó Fearghail and the elected members, the issue of the future of St Tiernach’s Park as the Ulster Football Final venue predominated the exchanges.
The GAA President assured the members that the Clones stadium had “nothing to fear” from the major redevelopment project in vogue for Casement Park in Belfast – and revealed that a Croke Park committee had been set up to work with the Ulster Council and the Clones club on plans for the venue’s improvement.
While emphatic about the continuing importance of St Tiernach’s Park as a venue for major provincial games, Mr Ó Fearghail stopped short of delivering a guarantee that Clones would remain the exclusive home of the Ulster showpiece, stating at one point that if the troubled Casement Park project was eventually realised it was likely …

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