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Is Aran Islands v Achill Island set to be the most unique GAA provincial club final?

The two island clubs will face off in this year’s Connacht junior club football final.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

GALWAY’S ARAN ISLANDS and Mayo’s Achill Island are set to face in a remarkably unique GAA provincial club final on 16 November.

This year’s AIB Connacht junior club final will feature the two island GAA clubs in opposition after both emerged from yesterday’s semi-final ties.

Aran Islands were convincing winners by 4-18 to 0-6 against Sligo’s Owenmore Gaels in Markievicz Park.

While Achill Island – who had lost their own county final against Castlebar Mitchels but qualified for Connacht as it was their opponents second side – got the better of Roscommon’s Michael Glaveys by 1-16 to 1-14 after extra-time in Elvery’s MacHale Park.

The obvious question is where to play the game given two island teams are to contest it.

But it does seem like a mainland location has been chosen for what should be a brilliant and unique occasion.

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