THERE WAS a spring in the step of Ulster interprovincial football boss Joe Kernan as he strode into the Athletic Grounds for Tuesday night’s launch.
The manager, who won everything there was to win with Crossmaglen and Armagh, was clearly looking forward to leading the northern province back into battle in the restored series, one where Ulster will of course be putting their title on the line as the reigning champions.
It’s a competition which means a lot to Kernan, the Ulster boss one of the most outspoken and vocal supporters of a competition which has been for too long ignored by the GAA hierarchy.
As well as the deep history associated with the competition, Kernan is firm in his belief that there is much still to be gained, and that given the proper support it is the GAA who will reap the rewards on so many different levels.
“Every week we go out and we play with our counties. I wouldn’t say that there’s vengeance, but there is hostility between certain counties. So to take the players together and to let them get to know each other in a different way, and play with each other, is good for Ulster football and for the GAA. I think we might not have some of the troubles if we had more times like this together.”
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