The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland.
If you were a Tyrone football fan of the 1990s and hadn’t seen a game since, after a cursory glance at the current Under-20 panel you would be forgiven for rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
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.
In Australian Rules, they call the third quarter the ‘Championship quarter.’ It was in this period that Tyrone underlined why they are currently in possession of the Ulster and All-Ireland titles.
Am I imagining it or is the GAA selling itself short? I pose the question just as the Championship season, normally the most high-profile and exciting period of the year, is about to blast off in earnest.
Even though it is the All-Ireland champions launching their defence of Ulster and Sam Maguire, there is a distinct downbeat feeling to the Championship opener in Brewster Park this weekend.
Darragh McGurn is prepared to face one of his biggest sporting challenges to date when he lines out for Fermanagh against Tyrone in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Football Championship at Brewster Park, Enniskillen tomorrow (6.30pm).
Former Tyrone player Ronan O’Neill has poured cold water on the theory that the recent exodus of players from the Red Hands squad was triggered by disenchantment in relation to game time.
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