Ulster GAA Council

The Ulster GAA Council is seeking planning permission for the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast. While this is in itself a welcome development, they also plan to move the Ulster Finals and Semi Finals up to Belfast from their home in Clones. This will rip the heart out of what has become one of the unique days in Irish sport, with all its atmosphere, craic and pageantry being replaced by a soulless corporate scam. We all know St. Tiarnach's Park has its problems, its a bit grotty, we get soaked when its raining, and Tyrone supporters always get the best seats. But this grotty rain soaked traffic jam (yeah, the traffic is a mess) is an intrinsic part of the year, as much as St. Patricks day, the Twelfth or the Late Late Toy Show.
So what do you want? A half burned cheese burger bought from a sweaty guy from Monaghan, and a quick pint in The Tower and searching for your cousin that has the tickets, the sun splitting the rocks, following the river of color down main street and up the Hill, through the gates to sit in the blessed cauldron of Clones, or the long trek to Belfast, imposing ourselves on a community that it seems don't even want us, the charachter of a Sunday in a packed market town lost in a western suburb of an impersonal city? KEEP ULSTER IN CLONES!

We, the undersigned, call on the Ulster Council of the GAA, to continue the playing of the Ulster Football Finals and Semi Finals in St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan, in perpetuity.

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The Keep Ulster in Clones petition to Ulster GAA Council was written by Eoin Mac Guibhir and is in the category Sports at GoPetition.