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16 October 2014
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BBC reporter:
The final is just days away and already the fans are ready for action. All along the roads in both counties the support is visible. Here in Moy, where Armagh meets Tyrone, the whole village is decked out with the colours of both Armagh and Tyrone. You can even buy yourself a hat. But here in Richill, a village just outside the city of Armagh, you wouldn't know a final was taking place. There is nothing. So is anybody really interested here?

Lollipop lady:
Not really. Well there might be a few supporters, so there might.
But I don't really think so.

Passer-by 1:
Richill is a mainly Protestant village and there wouldn't be a lot of interest in Gaelic for starters.

BBC reporter:
Do you think they could do anything to make Gaelic more interesting, because it's a big event?

Passer-by 1:
It's a big event for the Roman Catholics but as for the Protestant people it's not really, you know. But it's their heritage, it's up to them.

BBC reporter:
Even in the hairdressers Sam Maguire isn't a talking point.

Hairdresser:
This wouldn't be the village for them to be talking about it really. You are in the wrong sort of town area really. It would be more Armagh or Tyrone.

BBC reporter:
The only Armagh signs in Richill weren't put there by supporters, although it was possible to find someone looking forward to Sunday.

Passer-by 2:
I'm not really into Gaelic, but there is something about this match, has really, you know, draws you to it. I think it's fantastic for Armagh to be in it.

BBC reporter:
And, according to the editor of one local newspaper, he's not alone. Last year's edition covering Armagh's victory in the All-Ireland final brought record sales. And, he says, it wasn't just one part of the community celebrating.

Richard Stewart, Editor Ulster Gazette:
The support is cross-community. The support of one side is more visible than the other. But quietly I believe that there are a lot of the Protestant community in support of the Armagh team.

BBC reporter:
One thing is for sure, this Sunday only two colours matter and it's not the orange and green, it's the orange and red.

Chris Buckler - BBC Newsline, Armagh. (25/09/2003)



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