While he may have turned up and been a discreet presence for Tyrone’s opening league win over Meath on the first day of the Allianz Leagues, last year’s top-scorer in the Championship, Cathal McShane, was not believed to be present for Tyrone’s inept defeat to Monaghan in Castleblayney.
The GAA’s response to the tragic events of St Patrick’s Day 2019, when three young people — Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie — lost their lives in a crush outside a Cookstown hotel, was tonight hailed by Tyrone County Board chairman Michael Kerr.
A satisfying end to one of the most bizarre weeks ever for Tyrone GAA ended up with a controlled second-half performance, featuring five unanswered scores in a 13-minute period, which proved enough to get them the opening two points of the Super 8s series against Roscommon.
The game itself was a walking, talking, advert for a tiered football championship, so when the competition on the pitch doesn’t scare you, you look for motivation elsewhere, and Richie Donnelly found it within his own dressing room.
A former three-time All-Ireland winner who works as a Clinical Specialist Physio in the Trauma and Orthopaedics ward in Craigavon Hospital, has insisted that a ‘one-punch fatality’ is inevitable on GAA playing fields if the current cycle of violence is not halted.