By Kevin Herron
On Monday evening the FonaCab Ulster Minor Championship was launched at Belfast City Hall- under the watchful eye of Belfast Lord Mayor Christina Black.
It is 40-years since the tournament began back in 1982- but is the first since 2020 due to the Covid-pandemic.
Host club St Pauls were keen to ensure the tournament returned this year for its 39th edition and have the backing of corporate sponsor FonaCab.
Stephen Anton- Communications manager at FonaCab attended the draw and spoke of his delight at the return of the competition and the relationship that Belfast’s leading taxi-firm has with the Shaws Road club.
Lord Mayor Christina Black was also eager to welcome participating captains and managers that made the trip and is looking forward to the action getting under way on December 10th.
St Paul’s chairwoman Caroline McLaughlin emphasised how happy the club are to see the tournament return, 40-years since the first back in 1982.
The draw for the tournament threw up some interesting ties: the prelim will see the Fermanagh Champions take on Four Masters from Donegal on December 10th with the winners going onto face Lurgan outfit Clann na Gael in the quarter final.
Antrim Champions St Brigid’s will take on Burren in the last eight, and the final two quarter final clashes see Ramor United take on Dungiven and Donaghmore face Scotstown.