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How Cavan's semi-final win sparked global chase for Ulster decider tickets

 

Cavan’s Oisin Pierson celebrates after the win over Armagh with Gearoid McKiernann and Jack Brady. Credit: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Cavan’s Oisin Pierson celebrates after the win over Armagh with Gearoid McKiernann and Jack Brady. Credit: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
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John Campbell

By John Campbell

Cavan county board chairman Gerry Brady offers an instance of convincing truth that the Breffni team's renaissance has impacted on a global basis.

Scarcely had Roscommon referee Paddy Neilan sounded the final whistle last Sunday that sealed Cavan's semi-final win over Armagh than Brady found himself fielding two calls from the US and Australia seeking tickets for the provincial decider against Donegal on Sunday week.

"It's true," reveals Brady. "The match was followed by Cavan people across the world and I'm told that when the final whistle blew celebrations started in all sorts of places.

"There has been a great hunger for the recapture of the Ulster title since we last won it in 1997 and there is now a feeling that this famine could be brought to an end.

"Every year since 1997 we have approached the Ulster Championship with self-belief and optimism but it has taken us until now to deliver on these attributes."

Brady believes what he describes as "a fabulous bond" between Mickey Graham, his management team and the playing squad is the real reason why Cavan are within sight of the Anglo-Celt Cup again.

With Cavan exiles set to descend on Clones from all corners of the globe, Brady is preparing for a tickets headache - but is not complaining in the least.

"Look, we are in a great position. Cavan people don't just love their football, they absolutely worship it," adds the chairman.

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