The ‘new normal’ provides the eerie backdrop to the latest chapter in one of the country’s fiercest rivalries when Donegal and Tyrone go at it this Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Ulster Senior Championship.
Rarely one for the squeamish it could be argued that the odd collision between these foes should have been played behind closed doors down through the years, given the X-rated spectacle that has sometimes unfolded.
However with a global pandemic gripping all our lives, the turnstiles at MacCumhill Park will sadly be shut off to Joe Public this weekend, as the two sets of combatants battle it out in front of deserted terraces and seats.
Donegal are chasing their first ever hat-trick of Ulster Senior titles and sixth Anglo-Celt crown in the past decade.
The visitors though will be intent on lowering the Tir Chonnail colours in their own backyard, a feat they achieved the last time the counties met in the Championship at Ballybofey (the 2018 All-Ireland Super 8 meeting).
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