Tuesday 26 March 2019

Monaghan benefit from Duffy's 'Super 8' plan

Former GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile
Former GAA Director-General Paraic Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

"We're not going to run the GAA by Twitter", said Paraic Duffy, the then GAA Director-General, when informed immediately after Congress last year that some managers and players had taken to social media to criticise the introduction of the 'Super 8' football format.

"It has been debated for six months and it passed on a 74-26 (per cent) majority today. That's democracy," he said.

Duffy was one of the main architects of the new structure, arguing that it was worth experimenting with for three years. He didn't know at the time that one of the main beneficiaries would be his home county, Monaghan, who topped their group and qualified for the semi-finals for the first time in 30 years.

And since they will be facing Tyrone, whom they beat in this year's Ulster championship, there's a real anticipation in Monaghan that an All-Ireland final place beckons for the first time since 1930.

That would be a truly remarkable achievement for such a small population but, in fairness, they are one of the best run counties in the country.

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