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So far, so good but real tests lie ahead for Tailteann Cup

We won’t have a clearer picture of competition’s long-term viability until after next year’s staging

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Westmeath's Sam McCartan in possession with Laois' Seán Greene, left, and Donie Kingston giving chase during their Tailteann Cup Round 1 clash at MW Hire O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Westmeath's Sam McCartan in possession with Laois' Seán Greene, left, and Donie Kingston giving chase during their Tailteann Cup Round 1 clash at MW Hire O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

tommy gill with the Tailteann Cup in 2007

tommy gill with the Tailteann Cup in 2007

Sligo goalkeeper Aidan Devaney is congratulated after saving two penalties in a penalty shoot out by team mates in the Tailteann Cup Quarter-Final match between Leitrim and Sligo at Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim. Photo by Ray Ryan/Sportsfile

Sligo goalkeeper Aidan Devaney is congratulated after saving two penalties in a penalty shoot out by team mates in the Tailteann Cup Quarter-Final match between Leitrim and Sligo at Avant Money Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim. Photo by Ray Ryan/Sportsfile

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Westmeath's Sam McCartan in possession with Laois' Seán Greene, left, and Donie Kingston giving chase during their Tailteann Cup Round 1 clash at MW Hire O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

From the moment the Tailteann Cup was confirmed as a concrete reality, the unspoken fear was that it would ultimately suffer the same ignominious end as its maligned predecessor, the Tommy Murphy Cup.

When the initial draw was made last month, GAA president Larry McCarthy offered the bold hope/prediction that it would “take off like a meteorite” . . . to which the cynics dryly responded that these balls of fire occasionally crash to earth with devastating consequences.


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