Ulster Council chairman Tom Daly believes that the provincial club football championship final will bring the curtain down on the 2009 season “in the grand manner.”
Daly, who will step down from office when the Council Convention takes place in February, points to the catalogue of events which Ulster has hosted in relation to the 125th anniversary celebrations of the GAA, stressing that the northern province has led the way on all fronts.
“We have had some very innovative and inspiring events to date this year and the response has been phenomenal.
“Now we would like to think that our Ulster Club senior final will prove the icing on the celebration cake. We have had big attendances at matches so far and this reflects the great interest there is in the competition,” says Daly.
Tomorrow St Gall’s will meet Clontibret and Loup will play Kilcoo in the semi-finals with the winners due to meet in the decider on November 29. The semi-finals in both the Intermediate and Junior competitions will also take place.
“The indications are that, no matter what the pairing, this will be a special occasion,” says Daly.
“We have had some great matches in the competition so far which have underlined the current high standard of club football here.”
There will be more celebrations next Friday night when the victorious Ulster side receive their inter-provincial championship medals at the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers Association banquet at the Sliabh Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell.
The Ulster Council recently formed a new alliance with the writers’ body backed by sponsorship from Quinn Insurance and this will be the first banquet to be held under the new banner.
“The win by Joe Kernan’s Ulster side in the inter-pro series is another feather in our cap and the players will be feted in style.
“The writers have ensured that we will have, too, the opportunity to applaud the feats of several other Ulster teams who won All Ireland honours at various levels and we will also be paying tribute to all our world handball champions who did the province so proud at the finals in the United States recently,” points out Daly.
A contingent representing the Armagh squad that won the All Ireland Minor title will also be
guests at the banquet at which GAA Director General Paraic Duffy will be present.
Several high-profile county team managers including Liam Bradley (Antrim), Seamus McEnaney (Monaghan) and John Joe Doherty (Donegal) will also be there to see numerous annual awards voted upon by the writers presented.