I begin this week on a sad note and the sad death of Séamus Mac Géidigh last week.
Séamus was a fine man and a very good commentator and broadcaster. I have known him for the past 26 years and he was a real gentleman, a good GAA man and a good sportsman.
Even though his background was in soccer and I believe he was a very good player, he was knowledgeable on Gaelic football and, of course, he was big into the promotion of the Irish language and culture.
His untimely death at the age of 54 is a huge loss to his wife Dolores, daughters Póilin and Eadaoin, son Dónal, brother Michael, sister Anne, his extended family and friends and all his colleagues at RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The big game is almost upon us and as always, I’m looking forward to Clones on Sunday and Donegal playing in two Ulster finals in minor and senior.
I have watched both teams in their semi-final games and I was very impressed with both.
The most pleasing aspect of Donegal’s win over Monaghan was the performances of the newer group of players like Eoin McHugh and Martin O’Reilly. It is good to see Martin bring his club form to the bigger stage and his performances this year and that of Eoin and Ryan McHugh seem to have breathed new life into the team, especially in the Monaghan games.
Tyrone hit 5-18 against Cavan in their replay and you could not but be impressed with them though, it has to be added, Cavan looked sluggish and were a yard off the pace for every ball.
The only encouraging thing is that Cavan scored 2-17, albeit the bulk of that tally was scored late in the game, when Tyrone were long gone out of sight.
Tyrone have blinding pace.
They have brought pace to a new level and we are going to have to revert back to our tried and trusted defensive system, otherwise they will punch holes in us.
It is an awesome game and one that we can win as long as we hold our composure and keep our discipline and we are going to have to get big performances all over the field.
All the best, too, to Shaun Paul Barrett and the minors.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.