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Museum would celebrate proud legacy of sporting legends

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 02/05/2015

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is hoping for cup glory against Glentoran
Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is hoping for cup glory against Glentoran

Northern Ireland has an enviable reputation for sport, and in this respect we are punching well above our weight.

This weekend will witness a proliferation of sports events, including the Tandragee 100 and the Irish Cup final.

The game between Portadown and Glentoran has created such interest that fans have been queuing for tickets.

This month Northern Ireland will host another major event when the Irish Open will take place in the world-famous Royal County Down at Newcastle.

Only this week the BBC confirmed our earlier exclusive report that the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year programme will be broadcast live from Belfast at the end of this year. In today's Belfast Telegraph the manager of Chelsea, the Premier League Champions-apparent, says that he would liked to have signed George Best, who in his prime was one of the best footballers in the world.

The Northern Ireland media have given great coverage to our major sports achievers over many years, but the question should be asked if we are doing enough as a community to acknowledge our sporting prowess.

In the past there has been talk of creating a sporting museum to showcase the achievements of our outstanding sporting men and women, and their achievements have been remarkable - given the size of our population.

We have had world champions in so many sports including boxing, and champions in so many other spheres such as racing where the peerless AJ McCoy reigned supreme.

Northern Ireland now has so many visitor attractions, including Titanic Belfast, the Nomadic and other outstanding exhibits.

There is little doubt that people would find a well-equipped sporting museum an added bonus, and if they come to see the Titanic and Nomadic exhibitions, they would also be delighted to see George Best's famous boots, or Alex Higgins' champion cue.

Belfast Telegraph

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