Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has expressed his surprise that no players from Tyrone have been invited to play in this year’s O’Fiach cup.
Played for by the counties within the archdiocese of Armagh, the parishes included a portion of Tyrone in Aghaloo, Errigal Ciaran, Beragh and Killeeshil, continuing up to Pomeroy, Termonmaguirc and Donaghmoyne, and eastwards to Dungannon, Eglish, Moy, to the loughshore with Ardboe, Clonoe and Coalisland.
Instead, the competition will comprise of Louth, Down, Derry and Armagh. This comes as a surprise to those that note that no area of Down is in the archdiocese.
Harte made the comments at Monday night’s McKenna Cup press launch.
“Nobody ever mentioned it to us. The first I seen of it was when I seen it in the paper that it was happening. I didn’t even know it was an option,” said Harte.
“I don’t know who even was responsible for inviting people into it, I know nothing about it other than it is on and we aren’t part of it. Whoever is organising it determined that they didn’t want us in it anyway.
“We certainly would have considered it. It would have been useful,” he added.