Decent old Ireland up against modern reality
Mickey Harte's position on the row over Brian Carthy is admirable but pointless, writes Jody Corcoran
Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00
IN 1998 Offaly played Tyrone in the National Football League in Dungannon. I was there. The throw-in was delayed to accommodate a large number of Offaly supporters who had travelled to the game, many of them wearing the county jersey of green, white and gold, not unlike the national tricolour.
A few months earlier the Omagh atrocity had occurred, leaving 29 people dead and 220 injured.
It was my first time to cross the border for a GAA match, and one of the few times I have ever been to Northern Ireland. My brother and I stayed in a local hotel overnight, and strolled around the town on Sunday morning to pass time before the match.