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Declan Bogue

If a museum incorporating all sports is a runner, then the GAA should be at the front of the queue

Declan Bogue


The rich history of football and hurling would be an invaluable addition to a Northern Ireland Sports Museum, writes Declan Bogue

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Incredible history: GAA star Peter Canavan in action for Tyrone in 2003

Incredible history: GAA star Peter Canavan in action for Tyrone in 2003

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Incredible history: GAA star Peter Canavan in action for Tyrone in 2003

Not to boil everything down to a "number of hospital beds" argument, but the collapse - for now - of the Ulster Sports Museum charity appears just one more of those inevitabilities that occur during a pandemic. And one that no living person has experience of.

It's not that we "cannot have nice things"; it's more that we have this tremendously awful thing sitting right there in front of us all the time. If you had a few spare quid, is it more likely to go on helping the foodbanks everywhere now, or on keeping the lights on for a brand-new sports museum?

In time, we will not always feel this way, of course. And in time, the likes of Lady Mary Peters and Nigel Carr, who have poured so many years of energy into their worthy vision, may yet see it come to fruition.


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