The Electric Ireland Ulster GAA Minor Football Championship was officially launched on Monday night at the Tyrone GAA Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey. Players and mentors from the competing Ulster counties were present as well as a large media presence from across the province.
Following increased attendances at the AIB Ulster Club Championships and the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, Ulster GAA have announced ticket prices and admission offers for the 2019 Ulster Senior Football Championship.
Fixtures for the 2019 Joe McDonagh, Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cup competitions have been finalised with the dates and times confirmed for the group stage in each of the four All-Ireland senior hurling championships.
Playing two big games within the space of a week won't be a major problem for Monaghan according to their manager Mark Counihan ahead of Saturday's Ulster MFC opener against Down in Clones (throw-in 6pm).
Monaghan have little time to recover either from their physical exertions or from their disappointment at losing the Jim McGuigan Cup final to Tyrone last Saturday after extra time in Glen, Maghera, County Derry, when they face Down in the preliminary round of this year's Electric Ireland Ulster minor football championship in Clones this Saturday at 6.00 PM.
"I have no real interest in football at the moment, the last few weeks even training with the club I haven't really enjoyed it and I just don't have the hunger and the desire to give the commitment to Donegal."
This Saturday Monaghan will attempt to put Ulster minor football league (U17), titles back-to-back when the take on Tyrone in the Jim McGuigan Cup final, that game fixed for Maghera in County Derry for 12.00 noon on Saturday.