12 November 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard


At the beginning of the weekend just passed, a photo circulated online of the Bragan bog. One side Scotstown, one side Truagh. Over a sheugh that separates the two lay the Mick Duffy Cup, awaiting the news on his latest one-year lease. A lease solely dictated on the outcome of the Monaghan Senior Football Championship Final.

On his left is the jersey of Scotstown, a child draped in the blue and white. On his right is a child from Truagh, clad in the red and black. A parish divided. Divided by colour, divided by clan, divided by rivalry. And yet united. United in the will to win, or the need to. United in hope, in dreams, in ambition for the present.

A present that will craft a future. For the winners. In the left foreground is a tree, in the Scotstown half. In hindsight, the branches seem to be marking their territory. An ominous domination, year on year the branches are more numerous. The trunk is a few inches longer than last year, and the roots dig deeper into Patrick Kavanagh’s “stony, grey soil” that lies beneath the green Farney grass…

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