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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 26, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Lightning over Ulster

    Pól Ó Muirí

    Got to Croke Park yesterday with friends for the Gaelic Fussball. As an Armagh blow-in who has worn the orange in – cough, cough, cough – Masters’ handball, I was looking forward to the Division 2 championship game between Armagh and Down. In truth, it was an odd one. Had Armagh played tighter they could have won by a lot more than two points. Down, apart from flashes, seemed a bit flat to me.

    Anyway, goodness knows where this leaves the Ulster Championship. Antrim must be deflated after their loss to Sligo; Tyrone are relegated from Division 1 (though the Tyrone ones I know don’t seem too bothered); Down, who are on the up, are tangoed by Armagh who are good but still have problems; Donegal and Derry are, well, Donegal and Derry and could win by a mile or lose by a kilometer; Monaghan are hammering away; Fermanagh are floating away and Cavan, well, Cavan still wear blue jerseys. 

    Of course, being good Northerners and being afraid of turning into pumpkins were we to stay south of Newry too long, me and my entourage did not stay for the Cork-Mayo game reckoning, correctly, that it was going to be a stinker. As we were heading up towards Dundalk, a flash of lighting lit up south-east Ulster. Whether it was a sign of Armagheddon to come or the footballing gods of Down reminding their followers of that victory 50 years ago, I do not know. Neosfaidh an aimsir.

    • barbar says:

      My lovely father (RIP) was from Cork and whenever Down were coming ‘down’ to play he got us kids to roll down the windows of the car and shout “Up Down” at the cars with the red and black flags. We thought it was hilarious. I’ll never be philosophical about a flash of lightning again, though. A couple of years ago one (and just one) deafening roll of thunder was followed by an equally powerful flash of lightning and although he wasn’t using it at the time (but it was on, my son’s computer was fried — completely fried (the motherboard). Luckily house contents’ insurance covered it. I believe a lot of telephones in the area were knocked out as well. How bad we are, though, in Eire compared to Iceland, for example, with its erupting Eyjafjallajökull. I believe Iceland’s Handball Team is one of the top in the world. What a great sport that was.

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