A weekend of mixed fortunes for province on big stage
In a season which has delivered little in the way of success for Ulster hurling, two counties suffered heavy defeats in the All-Ireland 'B' Championship at the weekend, which does not bode well for the future.
Armagh went under by 4-11 to 1-9 to Roscommon at Athleague while Donegal were trounced 7-22 to 1-4 by Kerry in Thurles.
A review of the commitment of counties to particular competitions may now be undertaken.
Armagh showed resolve and desire until half-time against Roscommon but despite a goal and a brace from Davy McCreesh, three points from Joe O'Connor and a couple from Dylan McKenna, they encountered difficulty in dealing with the wind and rain.
Antrim, though, overcame Tipperary by 2-19 to 3-12 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship. Racquel McCarry (0-8), Aishling McFadden (1-4) and Catrin Dobbin (0-5) combined for the Saffrons.
And in the Premier Junior All-Ireland Championship, Armagh beat Carlow by 1-7 to 0-9.
Cavan, too, made their mark on the All-Ireland stage when their ladies football team beat Laois by 1-15 to 1-13 to book a quarter-final meeting with champions Cork.
Down, though, found Wicklow too hot to handle in the Junior Championship (0-16 to 1-10).
In the Down Senior Football Championship, Mark Poland inspired Longstone to a 1-13 to 0-10 win over Saval while Danny Savage and David McKibben were to the fore in Bryansford's 1-13 to 1-11 win against Castlewellan.