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Huge local interest in the GAA game of the season

Malachy O’Rourke celebrates after guiding Monaghan to the Ulster title in 2013

THE MOST eagerly awaited gaelic football game of the year has huge local interest as Monaghan take on Tyrone this Sunday for a place in the All-Ireland final.
Derrylin man and PE teacher at St Joseph’s College, Malachy O’Rourke hopes to manage Monaghan to their very first All-Ireland final, while in the red and white corner four Trillick men backbone a Tyrone team fancied to play Dublin in the final.
All four are former St Michael’s College students – Tyrone captain Mattie Donnelly and his brother Richie are expected to be joined on the first 15 by former St Michael’s McRory captain Rory and brother Lee who is currently top scorer in Division One of the Tyrone All County League.
Whatever the outcome, the Donnelly and Brennan brothers are likely to have a busy few weeks with Trillick installed as joint favourites to win the Tyrone club championship facing a first round encounter with Carrickmore.
Meanwhile, for popular St Joseph’s school teacher O’Rourke, Sunday sees a historic Croke Park meeting with his Errigal Ciaran clubmate Mickey Harte hoping to bring a fourth All-Ireland title to Tyrone in his 17-year tenure.

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