A long weekend of motions and emotions
Friends I have in the media sometimes tell me I should be a bit more emotional at times, but they got a rude awakening at The Venue in Derry City at about 1.35 on Saturday afternoon. That was the moment when the large screen giving the result of the vote on what was known for months as the black card flashed up in lights and there in green was the startling figure 71.8.
I and the other members of the Football Review Committee (FRC) were of course emotional at that moment, because we were after spending a vast amount of time and energy going around Ireland to seek out the information that allowed us to produce the 21 motions placed before around 330 Congress delegates. Sport is all about emotion and what was happening on Saturday was seen among the vast majority of Gaelic football people as crucial to the future development of the great game that we all have inherited.