I begin this week on a sad note and a few words about Danny Murphy, the Ulster GAA Secretary/CEO, who died last week and was laid to rest on Saturday in his native Down.
Danny had been battling illness for some time. He was a giant among administrators in the Association and he has left a huge legacy behind him.
Ulster is streets ahead of the other three provinces when it comes to facilities, coaching, administration and training and it is all down to the vision and forward thinking of Danny Murphy.
He was a college graduate and a farmer and he took a wealth of experience with him into the secretary’s position following the resignation of Michael Feeney.
He had been county chairman and a team mentor in Down when they won All-Ireland in 1991 and 1994 and he also held a number of positions on the Ulster Council, including President. He was very dedicated and far seeing and he had a great ability to work with all sides.
And he fought for the GAA to get equal rights and their fair share of everything that was going in grants from the Northern administration.
It is thanks to Danny Murphy that we have floodlit facilities in every county ground in the province.
It is unfortunate that his vision for the redevelopment of Casement Park has not been realised by the time of his death. But, hopefully, it can now move on and the development is given the green light shortly.
I worked closely with him for many years during my time managing Ulster and he was always a great support and nothing was ever a problem. He was a great advocate for the Railway Cup.
He was a big man and always had an open mind about opening up GAA grounds to other sports when the need arose.
His shoes will take some filling.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
It was another good week for Donegal underage football as hot on the heels of St Eunan’s winning the Paul McGirr Ulster U-16 Football championship last weekend, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar won the Ulster Schools U-16 Arthurs Cup.
They defeated Holy Cross College, Strabane, in the final last Wednesday in Celtic Park. Congratulations to all involved.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.