The Derry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland.
Last week, the BBC NI cameras captured excitement in primary schools around the Derry senior football team as they prepared for their first Ulster semi-final since 2015.
A full hour after David Gough had blown the final whistle on this careering, skating, hectic jamboree of an Ulster semi-final, the victorious Derry full-back Brendan Rogers began to leave the field of play.
He may be one of the lesser-known Derry players but Conor Doherty gets another opportunity to carve his name with pride today when Rory Gallagher’s side take on Monaghan in the second Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh (4pm).
When Derry toppled Tyrone from their proud perch as Ulster champions just as this month was dawning, they not only transformed the provincial Championship but lent a further dimension to the All-Ireland Championship.
It had been said so many times about Derry that it became something of a trope, a handy get-out and an excuse when they performed poorly; that the club scene was so competitive, the county team could not gel.
Around a decade ago, not long after he came home from Australia where he had been playing for Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League, Chrissy McKaigue gave an interview where he said the levels of professionalism in Gaelic football was equal to what he experienced in the AFL.
At the final whistle, the Derry players lingered on the pitch soaking up the moment. They had knocked Tyrone off their Ulster perch, had won the game by eleven points, and laid down any number of psychological pointers that they are ready to step into the bracket of heavyweight contenders.
At the final whistle, Conor Glass sprinted to his manager Rory Gallagher and the two shared a tight embrace. This is what the likes of Glass came home from the AFL for. Beating the All-Ireland champions on their home turf doesn’t get much better.
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