Ulster Council chairman Micheal Greenan has claimed that Ulster still continues to set the template in various areas of the GAA.
And he is determined that this trend should continue into 2007.
"In terms of coaching forums, referees' meetings, floodlighting and other areas I believe that Ulster leads the way and I have no doubt that this will continue to be the case. Other provinces actually come to us for guidance and I think this is a tribute to the innovation and enterprise which is so marked here," declared Greenan.
He is convinced, too, that next month's Dr McKenna Cup will prove to be " a very interesting competition."
Not so long ago the McKenna Cup was viewed as nothing more than an irritant but with team managers anxious to find their most cohesive line-outs in advance of the National League, Greenan suggested that the January pogramme of games will have special significance in this context.
"There is no doubt that teams are anxious to start off on the right foot rather than just ease themselves into the playing frame. We had very big crowds at several McKenna Cup matches earlier this year and I've no doubt that this will be the case again next month," said Greenan.
The competition now has a new sponsor, Gaelic Life, a weekly GAA publication which is to be launched in Omagh next month.
The sponsors hosted a special Dr McKenna Cup launch in Belfast last night.