We are living in recessionary times, of that there is no doubt.
The number of young footballers and hurlers currently out of work is alarming, the emigration graph is showing an upward curve and clubs and county boards are finding it increasingly difficult to tie up sponsorship deals and sustain their fund-raising on an ongoing basis.
Given this situation, it is heartening to report that the Crossmaglen Rangers ‘Breakfast Special’ in advance of the All-Ireland Club football final proved a resounding success.
It was last Sunday that the Rangers playing squad became cooks and waiters for a few hours when they served up 700-plus cooked breakfasts to supporters, visitors and well-wishers at their Oliver Plunkett Park headquarters.
It was deemed a bold gamble when initially mooted but the ‘Breakfast Special’ proved an unqualified winner.
There was a great show of unity which has certainly served as a further spur to the Rangers in their bid to make it five All-Ireland club title triumphs in six final appearances, the first of which was in 1997 and the last two years ago when Kilmacud Crokes triumphed.
It had been thought that the initiative would attract modest local support but the invasion of Crossmaglen by folk from many other counties was something no one could have envisaged.
If the Rangers needed any further encouragement that they enjoy considerable goodwill in their bid to become All-Ireland champions then it came via the ‘Breakfast Special’.
Now the players hope that they can dine out on success come St Patrick’s Day.