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Culture a boost for GAA in Derry city

By John Campbell

Derry have been handed a massive boost with news that several flagship events, including Annual Congress, have been earmarked as part of the 2013 City of Culture programme.

GAA President Christy Cooney lauded the work which the Association has been doing within the county and expressed the hope that this would lead to further expansion of gaelic games in the city area in particular.

And Derry chairman John Keenan believes that trophy success this year would provide a fitting backcloth for the start of next year’s high-profile extravaganza.

“The City of Culture celebrations mean that there will be an international spotlight on Derry throughout 2013 and Derry County Board is delighted to take the opportunity that the year will provide to proudly display the cultural values of our association to a global audience,” said Keenan.

“With strong support from Croke Park, the Ulster Council and Culture Company 2013, a dedicated team headed by Patsy Mullan and Mark Higgins has worked tirelessly to put together the fantastic programme of GAA events for the city in 2013.”

Certainly, Derry football boss John Brennan hopes that the road to 2013 can be marked out in style beginning with victory in tomorrow night’s National Football League Division Two encounter against Monaghan at Celtic Park.

Derry have lost to Tyrone and Galway to date and cannot afford to concede further points if they are to remain in this division.

Gerard O’Kane and Eoin Bradley will again be absentees while Dermot McBride is still rated doubtful and there is no indication yet that veteran Enda Muldoon is ready to claim a starting place.

Monaghan may still feel frustrated after their appeal against loss of home advantage against Louth on Sunday week failed but a recent win over Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare could give them considerable heart for tomorrow night’s mission.

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