Eugene McGee: A day of celebration
County finals showcase best of GAA and light up whole parishes, but we must not take club players for granted
County finals in the GAA must be one of the greatest phenomena in Irish sport. Bearing in mind that media coverage of GAA tends to concentrate on inter-county activity, it is truly remarkable that county football and hurling finals still take on a life of their own.
At this time of the year, these finals light up every county in Ireland.
If you are fortunate enough to traverse this country in these months, as I did thanks to the Football Review Committee, you will be struck by the dramatic impact a local county final can make on the entire population of the respective parishes for a few weeks at least.