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Admiration in plentiful supply for Monaghan title success

By John Campbell

An in-depth analysis of the Ulster Senior Football Championship, regarded as the best of all the provincial competitions in either code, is highlighted in the 19th edition of 'The Championship' by RTE gaelic games correspondent and commentator Brian Carthy.

The book, viewed as the 'bible' of the Championship season, encompasses detailed assessments of the Ulster games and turns the spotlight on Monaghan's first title win in 25 years.

It also features Tyrone's arrival in the All-Ireland semi-finals even though they lost to Donegal in their opening Ulster tie.

Mickey Harte's men beat Monaghan in the All-Ireland quarter-finals before eventually falling to Mayo.

Carthy takes serious issue with the criticism that was levelled at Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh in the wake of the Red Hands' win over Monaghan, declaring that the vitriol to which the Moy clubman was subjected following his rugby-style tackle on Conor McManus was "totally unwarranted."

And Carthy goes on to commend what he describes as "the honesty of most players" who when canvassed admitted that they would have done exactly what Cavanagh did had they found themselves in the same circumstances.

Carthy, who has been commentating on football and hurling for a quarter of a century, has been compiling his definitive and indispensable record of the Championship since 1995.

"The Ulster Football Championship never fails to offer huge levels of skill, drama, passion and commitment – it is a fascinating competition," observes Carthy.

Clare's epic All-Ireland Hurling Championship title win, of course, is brought sharply into focus with the performance of their three-goal hero Shane O'Donnell in the replay of the final against Cork eulogised.

And of course due emphasis is placed on Dublin's second All-Ireland football title coup in three years with Carthy asserting that Jim Galvin's side played some "breathtaking, high-tempo football" in winning their coveted crown.

Roscommon native Carthy's obvious feel for all matters related to the GAA shines through in a compact yet extremely informative and insightful book that will prove an invaluable source of record for the future.

Belfast Telegraph

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