Harps u14 footballers, sponsored by Moriarty’s SuperValu, took up the invite from St. Tiarnach’s GAA Club, Clones, Co Monaghan on Easter Sunday to play a challenge with the local club as part of the National Football League date for Dublin vs Monaghan.
As we passed under the Ladies Stairs, the talk was all about “the death of gaelic football” by Jarlath Burns was up for discussion and we wondered what was ahead of us in St Tiarnach’s Park…would it be two nil at full time – one lad went for a one-all draw !!!
The Harps party arrived safely in Clones before being escorted proudly by local man, Brian Trant, to the Peace Link Sports Park – a hugely impressive sports complex with two lush-green all-weather GAA pitches - a fine sight in early April - no sign of Kavanaghs “O stony grey soil of Monaghan” here!!
The travelling Skerries group played a sporting challenge versus the local boys from Clones and there was plenty of skill and honest endeavour from both sides to entertain the big crowd who came to watch the game. The hosts provided a hot meal the famished guests in a lounge overlooking the main St Tiarnach’s arena as the stadium began to fill up and the excitement began to grow.
The main event had arrived and the Dubs senior football team took the field and took control of the game scoring an impressive 1-22 to 1-11 victory over the Farney men, who will get another go at the Metropolitans in HQ this week (a warm up to the Dubs match vs Galway in Skerries on the 19th !!). The boys from Skerries really enjoyed the atmosphere in a provincial ground in fine sunshine and overall this was a great sporting and social experience for all involved.
As we cruised down the coast road into Skerries, on Easter Sunday evening, the discussion came to a close - Gaelic Football is indeed alive and well !!
A Big thank you to St Tiarnach’s GAA Club, Clones for a great day!