18 February 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it … JACK MADDEN makes a case for continuity when it comes to staging the Ulster Football Final at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, the “living room”of the sport’s provincial spiritual home

In my memory, I will always see, The town that I have loved so well As the late Luke Kelly brings the words of Phil Coulter to life, he is as much Derry as he is Dublin. Reminiscing on the good times, before the “tanks and guns”. Days when there was “music there in the Derry air”.

As we live now in these crazy times, it is the silence rather than the warfare that is deafening. not tied up but locked down. As we are drifting, we might not know where we are headed, but we know where we stand, where we are. Thinking back, our minds are drawn to 2015 and 2013.

For some the mind will wander even further within these county walls. Come the summer, eight other counties will be peering over those walls, hoping to get a taste, with all roads leading to st Tiernach’s Park. As inhabitants of ulster, Clones is the town we all love so well.

Across the water in the city of sheffield, there is a similar vibe. Once a year, the crowds assemble. no need to check the calendar, for this is the day. 364 days a year, there is the usual hustle and bustle. But they do not bat an eye, they do not care. The short car journeys to work, the kids playing…

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