The focus of the AIB GAA Club Championship extends North and South today with the finals of the Ulster and Munster Football Championships down for decision.
The poetic sounding Derrygonnelly have won six Fermanagh titles in the last seven years but are bidding to become the first team from their county to lift the provincial title. Fermanagh is also one of only two Counties never to win an All Ireland title so there is a bit on the line for the team.
The village in the West of the county is home to less than a 1,000 people but it draws on a bigger parish including the equally quixotic sounding Killyhommon where the local school is and where Mr McGullion is a teacher by day and potential provincial champion by the evening.
Playing these games at a time when it is they that cast a shadow over the pre-season period of inter-county games allows them the time to breathe in the interest of the country and of the mainstream media.
“I think it’s important for the club to have the chance to show what Fermanagh football is about and in particular Derrygonnelly and what we can offer,” says Derrygonnelly’s Conall Jones.
“We’ve been in the Ulster Championship in six of the last seven years and we’ve fallen short twice in the semi-final stage, one of them went to a replay, one of them was to Kilcoo.” That was a game they lost by only two points so it would not be the biggest shock in the world if it happened.
“It was important for us in the club to take the next step and thankfully this year we’ve done that and gotten into an Ulster Final.”
In Munster, it is another Cork and Kerry showdown between St Finbarrs of Cork City and Austin Stacks of Tralee. They both come with bg fanbases and big hopes of going all the way to Croke Park in March.
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