One trend in the GAA that has survived and thrived over the last 20 years originated in Ulster — the pre-Championship chat night.
The popularity of such events shows that when it comes to listening to a few be-jumpered, be-chinoed warriors of yesterday, the appetite is as strong as ever.
There happens to be an absolutely combustible one in store tonight at the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.
The event itself is a fundraiser for the major rebuilding of the Holy Trinity School, a seat of learning that has expanded its horizons and ambitions to the point where they simply need more modern facilities to cope.
It’s the guestlist that astonishes though, and looks like it is highly worthwhile.
All-Ireland-winning Tyrone manager Feargal Logan will be there. So, too, will one of Cookstown’s most colourful sons, former Red Hands player Owen Mulligan.
There would be any amount of stuff to get your teeth into there, but there is the whiff of conflict in the air too with Kieran McGeeney and Joe Brolly also confirming their attendance. And if it’s one thing the average Gaelic Games fan prizes above all else, it is conflict.
Readers of Brolly will have noted the multiple times he has had a cut off McGeeney in print and in his punditry. And the best thing is, the man facilitating the chat night is Peter Canavan, who is well able to get some ‘earnest’ discussion going.
The event starts at 7pm, and tickets can be bought online through the Holy Trinity school, or pay at the door.