Former Antrim star Anto Finnegan to bring GAA to the home of Ulster Rugby…

So, interesting developments in sport recently. Whilst the Executive has still to discuss Northern Ireland’s end of a bid to host the Rugby World Cup, Leo Veradkar has already had approval from the cabinet in Dublin for an all island bid to host the tournament in 2023.

The two venues apparently slated to hold matches in Northern Ireland are redeveloped stadia at the current home of Ulster rugby Ravenhill and and a new showpiece GAA ground at Casement Park, if they can get around some pretty stern objections to the current plan from local residents.

In the meantime, whilst Casement is being rebuilt, Ravenhill is likely to host its very first Gaelic Football match as a fundraiser organised by former Antrim football captain Anto Finnegan in aid of a charity he set up to help tackle/highlight motor neurone disease.

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