Saturday 18 November 2017

Decent old Ireland up against modern reality

Mickey Harte's position on the row over Brian Carthy is admirable but pointless, writes Jody Corcoran

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.

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