Of the last nine sides left in the running for the All Ireland title following last weekend’s qualifier games, just two were from Ulster — and therein lies a grim message in relation to the current health of Gaelic football in the province.
Not so long ago the expectation usually was that Ulster would be represented by perhaps three or four teams in the quarter-finals.
But the balance of power has now swung away from the province.
During the period from 2002 until 2008, the Sam Maguire Cup came to rest here on four occasions in a glorious era of success that not only helped the province to bask in a warm glow but also provided the catalyst for phenomenal expansion at grassroots level.
For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.