Monaghan face Tyrone in the 2010 Ulster Final in Clones on Sunday, July 18th.Being
neighbouring counties this has stirred up plenty of hype and excitement with many
homes divided where one partner is from Tyrone and the other from Monaghan. Friendly
rivalry and an excuse to forget all the other stressful pressures of the present
economic climate. BBC in its lead-up to the final on Friday, July 16th decided to
go out and about to gauge the reaction of people and where better than Truagh. As
was very evident from the jersey colours there has been quite a cross-border movement
on the marriage front and as one of our photos shows - children are half and half.
At least this young man has the right jersey on top. The Cross-border funding was
not necessary to attract this type of interaction and ‘integration’ but maybe there
should be some sort of grant aid made available to those who have married cross-border!!
Maybe Truagh, on the their big Sports Day coming up, could organise to have the greatest
number of cross-county married couples gathered together in one spot? I suppose all
that would depend on who wins on Sunday!!! The BBC presenter was Thomas Kane, a Belfast
man who has worked with NBC in America and is a big sports fan and a member of St.
Bride’s GAA Club in Belfast. He was a member of the Ulster Basketball team in his
time. He certainly made himself a favourite with the people who turned out for the
event as he has a very pleasant and pleasing personality. Eugene McKenna, the former
Tyrone great, and Monaghan great, Truagh’s own Kevin Treanor, were interviewed briefly
and St. Mellans came across as a thriving and busy place, which indeed it is every
evening of the week.