Tyrone's invitation to Kerry supporters
TYRONE GAA has extended an open invitation to every Kerry supporter travelling to Omagh next Sunday week for Kerry's crunch game to stop off at their new county GAA Complex for a cup of tea and a sandwich prior to travelling back to the Kingdom.
Mark Conway, on behalf of Club Tyrone, the body largely responsible for making the Tyrone GAA Complex in Garvaghey a reality, contactedThe Kerryman this week to extend the invitation to all Kerry supporters.
"Tyrone people were very much taken with the fantastic show of support for Mickey Harte and the Tyrone team when we went to Killarney last July for the Qualifiers. An awful lot of very good Kerry people waited on for over an hour and gave our boys a great send off and that was very much appreciated.
"Our offer of a wee cup of tea and a sandwich after the game in Omagh, before Kerry folk head home, is just small offer as a response to the generosity the Tyrone team was shown last July in Kerry," Mr Conway said.
"It's not a direct result of the old nonsense that has been going on between the counties in recent times," Mr Conway said, in reference to the recent controversey over an alleged spitting incident in the Finuge versus Cookstown club final. "The vast majority of Tyrone people have no time whatsoever for that kind of nonsense, as we know Kerry people don't. There is a great and healthy rivalry between the two counties and I'd expecta healthy dose of passion and banter between the supporters in Omagh next week, and nothing more.
"It's a heck of a long journey back from Omagh to Kerry and we just want to invite anyone who wants to stop off for a cup of tea after the game before they set off," Mark Conway added.